Israeli School Security        


Grandmaster Haim Gidon 


Grandmaster Haim Gidon (10th dan and IKMA President) was a member of krav maga founder Imi Lichtenfeld's first training class in the early 1960's. Haim fought in the Six Day War, War of Attrition, and Yom Kippur War. Prior to the 1967 War, Haim resumed his competitive boxing and decided to learn more about the krav maga principals he had learned in the military. In 1978, Haim helped Imi co-found the IKMA. Along with Imi and other top instructors, Haim Gidon co-founded the Israeli Krav maga Association (IKMA), which he now heads as President. In 1994, Haim was elected as IKMA president and opened his current gym and the main training center for the IKMA located on Ben Zion Street, Netanya, Israel. In 1995, Imi nominated Haim as the top authority to grant 1st dan krav maga black-belt and up. In an IKMA ceremony, Imi awarded Haim Gidon 8th dan and stated 9th and 10th dans "were to come" designating Haim as the highest ranking krav maga instructor. (Video clips of the ceremony are available at

Imi approved of Haim's adding extensive groundwork, modified weapons defenses and other additions/improvements to the krav maga system. Grandmaster Gidon is also a committee member of the Wingate (Israel's national sports institute) professional committee representing the self-defense style of krav maga. As President and Grandmaster of the IKMA, Haim has taught the Israeli Police defensive tactics for the last thirty years to Israel's security and military agencies. Haim has received special commendation from federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies worldwide for his specific krav maga law professional training curriculum. His teaching expertise is requested worldwide.
  Yigal Arbiv

 Yigal Arbiv (4th dan) is one of Grandmaster Haim Gidon's (Israeli Krav Maga Association) senior instructors and has trained with Grandmaster Gidon for 22 years. After serving in an elite paratrooper unit as a weapons specialist, Mr. Arbiv attended Wingate, Israel's national sports institute, an exclusive training academy for instructors and coaches, where Mr. Arbiv received his krav maga coaching certification. Mr. Arbiv is a security professional specialist and krav maga instructor teaching in several schools in Israel. He regularly travels abroad to teach law enforcement, military and civilians. Mr. Arbiv was featured in for krav maga's weapon defenses   He is also head of school security in Netanya, Israel.  Mr. Arbiv has over 13 years of experience developing a unique approach to school security in as dangerous an environment as it gets.  Under constant threat of terrorist attacks and other deadly security threats, Mr. Arbiv has provided consistent safety and security to his students and school staff members.  Mr. Arbiv´s security protocol combines his experience in anti-terror and security training using Israeli methods, with his own unique protocol specifically adapted for the most dangerous security threats for school environments.  

 David Hopkins, Ph.D


Dr. Hopkins is a U.S. Army veteran and specialist in using psychological principles and tactics to prevent and react to security and anti-terror threats.  He is also trained in Israeli security tactics, and has worked many years in real world situations providing security and intelligence gathering of terrorists and organized crime elements. He has also taught in school environments for over 10 years, and therefore understands security threats that can face students and teachers.  He is also a licensed therapist with a Ph.D in psychology, specializing in violence.  He can provide guidance on psychological aspects of reacting to a security threat and for providing support once a threat takes place.  Dr. Hopkins is also an Instructor of the Israeli Krav Maga Association, Gidon System.