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“Krav Maga is the most effective self defence and fitness training system in UK today”

KRIS

Late founder


Krzysztof 'Kris' Szczepanski: The founder of 123 Krav Maga (Nov 7, 1971 –  Sep 14, 2018)

  • Civilian Krav Maga Instructor
  • Kids and Teens Krav Maga Instructor
  • Ground Offensive Tactics Instructor
  • Knife Fighting and Defence Instructor
  • BTEC Level 3 Advanced

In 2005, Kris began Krav Maga training in Poland under Jacek Walczak, one of the most qualified instructor in the world. Two years later, he started training with UK Krav Maga director Nick Maison.  In 2010, Kris passed his instructor certification, after completing 24 intensive days training (180 hours) and began teaching with Nick Maison.

Kris also passed the Kids and Teens Krav Maga instructor course under Master Zeev Cohen.  Shortly after, he decided to create his own club - 123 Krav Maga, which is now one of the most professional clubs in South of England. 

Constantly seeking to improve himself, Kris joined the United Krav Maga World Organization led by Master Tomek Adamczyk.

During his 12 years’ experience with the system he was trained by the most qualified instructors in the world such as Master Tomek Adamczyk, Master Eyal Yanilov, Master Zeev Cohen and many more expert level instructors from Poland and Israel. 

Sadly,  on 14th September 2018 Kris passed away after losing his long fight with Cancer. He lost the fight, but he had won the battle. His legacy is now continued by his friends and colleagues... 

"Never Give Up" - Kris

 

Sonny

Chief Instructor


Sahanshil SonnyRai

  • Civilian Krav Maga instructor
  • Knife Fighting and Defence Instructor
  • BTEC Level 3 Self Defence Trainer
  • Advance Close Protection Instructor

Before Krav Maga, Sonny took up Shito-Ryu Karate as a kid. He trained Kyokushin Karate with his uncle who was a Black belt instructor and a Gurkha Contingent trooper in Singapore. He studied and trained in various different martial arts and fighting systems, including wrestling, taekwondo, kickboxing, Bujinkan Ninjutsu up to Brown Belt (4th Kyu) and also trained in the close range systems such as Wing Chun Kung-Fu and JKD.

In 2011, Sonny discovered Krav Maga and instantly liked the simplicity, effectiveness, and completeness of this system. Constantly improving himself he was promoted to become assistant instructor. In April in 2016 after few months of hard work he finished Knife Fighting and Defence Instructor Course and Civilian Krav Maga Instructor Course.

After the passing of the late founder of the club, Krzysztof 'Kris' Szczepanski in September 2018, Sonny has taken over the responsiblity to carry forward the legacy of his best friend and now is he the Chief Instructor of 123 Krav Maga

"Keep going, Keep flowing, Keep growing, " - Sonny

 

Charles

Instructor


          Charles CharlieBanaghan

  • Civilian Krav Maga Instructor

Charles started Boxing at the age of 12 and was a member of the Camberley Boxing Club. He had exposure to other fighting system and martial arts such as Wing Chun, BJJ, before he found Krav Maga at 123KM

With years of dedication and commitment, Charles completed his instructor course at Poland in 2018, under Master Tomasz Adamzyk. 

His passion for Krav Maga is that the techniques are based on street fighting, as a result what we learn and teach is explosive and structured for survival on the street. 

Charles has been a valuable team member and has constant input on improving and evolving 123Krav Maga. What we teach and train are constantly being tweaked and refined due to feedback by real experience from bodies such as Police, Military and Security Services. 

 

"There will always be more than one" - Charles  

 

Andy

Instructor


Andrew 'AndyComley

  • Civilian Krav Maga Instructor
  • Kids Krav Maga Instructor

Andy discovered Krav Maga whilst living and working in the US, after many years spent training in traditional martial arts including Tae Kwon Do and Kung Fu. He was immediately impressed by Krav Maga’s highly-effective self-defence and combative techniques and the clear logic underlying the system.

 

On returning to the UK in 2012 Andy continued to train Krav Maga under Nick Maison and 123 KM Founder Kris Szczepanski. After several years of dedicated training Andy was awarded his Instructor diploma by Master Tomasz Adamczyk in 2018. He is also a qualified kids Krav Maga instructor and rugby coach.

 

"Train as you play"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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