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


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... 




Chief Instructor

Sahanshil ‘Sonny’ Rai

  • Civilian Krav Maga instructor
  • Knife Fighting and Defence Instructor
  • BTEC Level 3 Advanced

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


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