Krav Maga of Orange County Instructors

Mitch Markowitz - Krav Maga Experience: 29 years training/teaching.
Bio: Mitch began his martial arts training at age seven.  He trained in Judo and competed in tournaments throughout Southern California until age 13.  Mitch began his Krav Maga training in 1985 with the US Chief Instructor Darren Levine.  He received his black belt and instructor certifications from Darren Levine and the Israeli Chief Instructor Eyal Yanilov. Mitch holds a 3rd Degree Black belt in Krav Maga making him one of the highest ranking instructors in the country. Mitch began teaching in 1988 at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles.  In 1992, Mitch co-founded Krav Maga of Orange County with Michael Leifer.  In 2009 he co-founded the Krav Maga Martial Arts and Training Center in Mission Viejo.  Mitch holds the rank of Shodan in Aikido and is an instructor with the Mission Aikido dojo.  In addition to Judo, Krav Maga and Aikido, Mitch has experience in Ninjitsu, Jujitsu, Boxing and Kali. He is a graduate of the School for Instructors at the Wingate Institute for Martial Arts Education. 
email: Mitch@KravMagaOC.com

Mike Leifer - Krav Maga Experience: 29 years training/teaching.
Bio: Mike began his training in Krav Maga in 1985.  He received his black belt and instructor certification from the US Chief Instructor Darren Levine and Israeli Chief Instructor Eyal Yanilov.  Mike holds a 2nd Degree Black belt in Krav Maga. He co-founded Krav Maga of Orange County in 1992 with Mitch Markowitz and has been instructing both civilian and law enforcement in the program since then. He is a graduate of the School for Instructors at the Wingate Institute for Martial Arts Education. He has participated in seminars conducted by the highest ranking Krav Maga instructors in the US and Israel including Darren Levine, Eyal Yanilov, Tamir Gilad, Jon Pascal, Amir Perets, Avi Avisadon, Erez Sharabi, and Jarret Waldman.
email: Mike@KravMagaOC.com

Yuri Boiarsky - Krav Maga Experience: 29 years training/teaching, US and international.
Bio: Yuri trained and became an instructor in Natanya, Israel under Mr. Eli Avikzar (Imi’s top student at the time).  He received his black belt from Imi Lichtenfeld himself. Yuri holds a 2nd Degree Black belt in Krav Maga. He is a graduate of the School for Instructors at the Wingate Institute for Martial Arts Education.  He was teaching the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) as well as civilians and Israeli law enforcement personnel.  Yuri provided training to Israeli security forces protecting embassies and consulates as well as local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.  He has been teaching with Krav Maga of Orange County since 2001. In addition to Krav Maga, Yuri has trained in Aikido, Boxing, kickboxing and Thai boxing. In addition to teaching adults, Yuri is a certified km-X, (Krav Maga for Kids) Instructor and the head of the program in our schools. In 2009 he co-founded the Krav Maga Martial Arts and Training Center in Mission Viejo. Yuri currently serves as a faculty member of the MMA Conditioning Association. He is also a certified Law Enforcement Instructor.
email: Yuri@KravMagaOC.com
Larry Lubman - Krav Maga Experience: 26 years training/teaching.
Bio: Larry is a Southern California native and began his training in Krav Maga in 1988 under one of Darren Levine's first black belt instructors.  He received an instructor certification in 1995 after completing courses taught by Darren and Israeli Chief Instructor Eyal Yanilov and received his black belt at the grand opening of the Krav Maga National Training Center in 1997.  Larry began training with Mike and Mitch in Orange County in 1994 and has been teaching with them since 1996. He has also completed several Krav Maga seminars under the tutelage of Darren Levine, Eyal Yanilov, Tamir Gilad, Avi Avisadon, Erez Sharabi, and Amir Perets. He is also a certified Law Enforcement Instructor.
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Eric Papp - Krav Maga Experience: 13 years training/teaching.
Bio: Eric is a California native, born and raised in Orange County.  Eric has trained with the senior instructors of Krav Maga of Orange County since 2001.  He received his black belt in 2011 from John Whitman.  Eric holds a 2nd Degree Black belt in Krav Maga. He is a certified instructor, certified FAST instructor and has also completed several special topics seminars including "Krav Maga in Low Light Environments" taught by senior Krav Maga instructor Tamir Gilad from Israel and several seminars lead by US Chief Instructor Darren Levine.
Mike Flood - Krav Maga Experience: 9 years training/teaching.
Bio:Mike has trained in Krav Maga since 2005 and received his black belt from John Whitman in 2011. He is a KMW certified instructor, KMW certified Law Enforcement Instructor, and is a certified FAST instructor. Mike continues to train under Kelly Campbell and other KMW senior instructors. He also currently trains in boxing and his past martial arts include Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Tae Kwon Do. 
email: mikeflood@cox.net
Paul Paul McGregor - Krav Maga Experience: 7 years training/teaching.
Bio: Paul was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland and joined Krav Maga of Orange County in 2007. He began training in martial arts at the age of 14 and holds a second degree black belt in Shotokan Karate from the Scottish Karate Association, as well as a brown belt in Krav Maga. He is a Krav Maga Worldwide certified instructor and is currently working towards his black belt. He completed his instructor training under the tutelage of Darren Levine, Kelly Campbell, Michael Margolin and Jon Pascal; and has participated in seminars conducted by the highest ranking Krav Maga instructors in the US and Israel including Darren Levine, John Whitman, Jon Pascal, Eyal Yanilov, Tamir Gilad, Amir Perets, Avi Avisadon, Erez Sharabi, and Jarret Waldman. He is also a certified Krav Maga Worldwide Force Training Division Law Enforcement Instructor.
Monika Michael Kinnersley - Krav Maga Experience: 7 years training/teaching.
Bio: Mike began training in Krav Maga with KMOC in 2007 and has progressed through the system earning his brown belt. He is a certified instructor and is currently working towards his black belt. He has participated in seminars conducted by the highest ranking Krav Maga instructors in the US and from Israel including Darren Levine, Jon Pascal, Eyal Yanilov, Tamir Gilad, Amir Perets, Avi Avisadon, Erez Sharabi, Kelly Campbell and Jarret Waldman.
Adam Dudash- Krav Maga Experience: 4 years training/teaching
Bio: Adam is a full-time officer with a Southern California police department.  His assignments have included patrol officer, field training officer, detective, and Critical Incident Response Team member.  He is a California P.O.S.T. approved use of force instructor, and teaches defensive tactics and arrest and control at his department.  He is a Krav Maga Force Training Division certified law enforcement instructor. He is currently working towards his blue belt and is a Krav Maga certified instructor. Adam has participated in seminars conducted by the highest ranking Krav Maga instructors in the US including Darren Levine, Kelly Campbell, and Jon Pascal.
Robert Sherman- Krav Maga Experience: 8 years training/teaching
Bio:Raised in Rochester, NY, Robert started his training in wrestling for one of the top ranked high school programs in the state. He trained in
Aikido in Tempe, AZ for three years until he moved to Los Angeles. In 2006, Robert walked into the KMW center in West LA and has been training ever
since. He is currently working towards his blue belt and has been a Krav Maga certified instructor at KMW West LA since 2009. Robert's professional
career has brought him to Orange County. He has participated in seminars conducted by the highest ranking Krav Maga instructors in the US including Darren Levine, Kelly Campbell, and Jon Pascal.
Monika Monika Koronowit - Krav Maga Experience: 9 years training/teaching.
Bio: Monika was born and raised in Poland. She started training Krav Maga in 2005. She began training in martial arts 15 years ago . Her past experience includes Judo, Jiu Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Hapkido. She is a KMOC certified instructor and is currently working towards her brown belt. She has also completed several Krav Maga seminars under the tutelage of Darren Levine,Kelly Campbell, and Jon Pascal Tamir Gilad, Avi Avisadon, Erez Sharabi, and Amir Perets.
Douglas Farmer - Krav Maga Experience: 5 years training/teaching
Bio: Doug is a local native and attorney. He first began his training in martial arts at the age of 16. He has 7 years experience in Ed Parker's American Kenpo, 4 years in Shito-Ryu Karate under one of the top Japanese instructors in the United States, 4 years in Shorinji Kempo ( a style similar to aiki-jujitsu), 2 years in Aikido study part of which is with KMOC's own Mission Aikido. He has been exposed to law enforcement defensive tactics as a graduate of the OCSD academy and past employment with a local law enforcement agency. Doug came to KMOC in 2009 to expand his study of street applicable fighting systems and is working up through the Krav Maga levels. He is currently involved in KMOC's children's program and working towards his blue belt. Since finding KMOC, he has been priviledged to complete seminars with some of the top Krav Maga instructors within the system including Darren Levine, Jarrett Waldman, Avi Avisadon, Erez Sharabi, and Tamir Gilad.

Jim Soderberg - Krav Maga Experience: 22 years training/teaching
Bio: Jim began his martial arts training at Krav Maga of Orange County under Mitch Markowitz and Mike Leifer in Fall of 1992. He is 1 of 4 people who have been at KMOC since 1992. Jim has progressed through the system earning his brown belt. He began teaching as a volunteer instructor in 2004. Jim is currently working towards his black belt. He has participated in seminars conducted by the highest ranking Krav Maga instructors in the US and from Israel including Darren Levine, Eyal Yanilov, Tamir Gilad, Amir Perets, Avi Avisadon, Erez Sharabi, and Jarret Waldman.

Taylor Moody- Krav Maga Experience: 2 years training/teaching
Bio: Taylor began training in Krav Maga with KMOC in 2012 and has steadily progressed through the system, currently training for his brown belt. He is a certified instructor, and has participated in seminars conducted by the highest ranking Krav Maga instructors in the US and from Israel including Darren Levine, Avi Avisadon, and Erez Sharabi.
Tony Azuara- Krav Maga Experience: 2 years training/teaching
Bio: Tony began training in Krav Maga in 2012 and has been steadily training ever since, currently pursuing his blue belt and is a Krav Maga certified instructor.. He has participated in seminars conducted by the highest ranking Krav Maga instructors in the US including Darren Levine, and Kelly Campbell. He is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and a NASM Certified MMA Conditioning Specialist. He also currently trains in boxing and Muay Thai Kickboxing.
asdf Mark Coxon Kickboxing Experience: 20 years training/teaching.
Bio: Mark started training in Muay Thai Kickboxing at Fairtex in Chandler AZ in 1994.  In spring 1995 Fairtex moved to San Francisco, CA and Mark cofounded House of Pain Muay Thai in Gilbert AZ, where he trained under Lightweight Champion Sakasem Kanthawong.  Mark taught Muay Thai at House of Pain and fought as a middleweight at 155 lbs for 2 years.  Mark has taught Muay Thai in small classes at several gyms over the last 15 years.  To a lesser extent, Mark has also has practiced some basic Aikido, Hapkido, and Gojuryu.

Eric Hellberg - Kickboxing Experience: 15 years training/teaching.
Bio: Eric has been practicing martial arts since 1999.  He began by studying kickboxing in Seattle, Washington, under Kim Messer, who would become the first director of women’s boxing for the Olympics in 2012.  As an international full contact kickboxing competitor, Eric studied other martial arts, earning a black belt in tae kwon do in 2002 and his second-degree black belt in Kajukenbo kung fu in 2006. The ICMAC ranked him #2 fighter in his weight class for all North America in 2012. He has been teaching and giving seminars on self-defense and self-preservation since 2004. Eric has trained in some of the top gyms around the country and even had the opportunity to train at the Shaolin Temple in Henan, China.  Eric is a certified personal trainer and his classes focus on good technique, working hard, and having fun.

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Justin Yee - CrossFit Experience: 9 years training/teaching.
Bio:Justin graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from Brigham Young University.  He became a Police Officer in Orange County in 2003.  At his Police Department he has been a member of their SWAT team and a Defensive Tactics Instructor.  Justin and his Wife co-coached the girl’s soccer program at El Toro High School from 2004-2009.  He began his training in CrossFit in 2005.  Justin received his CrossFit Level One Coaching Certification in January 2009 and his CrossFit Kids certification in January 2010.  He co-founded Mission CrossFit with his Wife in 2009.

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