Our Team

by Krav Maga Experts

Krav Maga Experts Team

The most certified Krav Maga team in New York City!

Tsahi Shemesh founder and chief instructor, began his Krav Maga journey in Israel, 1988, where he trained under Imi Lichtenfeld’s (the founder of Krav Maga) very first students. During his three-years in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), Tsahi served in the paratrooper’s brigade, trained in dignitary protection at the School of Counterterrorism, completed the commander’s course, VIP protection program and civilians instructor’s training. He served in the West Bank and holds a Sergeant First Class rank. In 2007, Tsahi obtained his Krav Maga Instructor certification at the Wingate Institute – Israel’s National Center for Education and Sports. He also completed the Krav Maga Instructors course certified by the International Krav Maga Federation and held the positions of USA Director and Instructor Course Trainer in Gabi Noah’s Top-Team.

In 2010, Tsahi established the first Krav Maga Experts (KME) flagship location in New York City.  He certified dozens of instructors and trained thousands of students from all over the world – both domestically and overseas. Besides KME’s full-time program, Tsahi and his team also lead various initiatives including the Columbia University Club, Pace University, NYU, EMTs, NYPD’s police officers and contributory workshops at domestic violence organizations. Tsahi’s national television appearances as a self defense and personal safety expert have featured his signature Rape Prevention Series and Counter Terror workshops.

Raz is an Expert Level II instructor, Raz was born and raised in Israel. He joined Krav Maga Experts after several years of being a Senior Krav Maga instructor for top Israeli Special Forces, including the Lotar Counter Terrorism unit and Oketz, a special K9 unit. As head of the Krav Maga division of the Kfir Brigade, he taught over 10,000 soldiers, including US Marines and special Israeli police unites. He was a Special Operations Infantry Combatant along the West Bank and holds a Sergeant First Class rank in the IDF reserves. Starting in 2003, Raz trained under Master Gabi Noah in Netanya and with his extensive training, he completed the Civilian Krav Maga instructor course at the Wingate Institute. Raz won first place in the IDF Krav Maga championship in 2010. Additionally, he is a certified Fitness Instructor with multiple certifications from Wingate Institute and Israel’s National Center for Education & Sport.

Omri is a certified instructor under professional MMA coach Greg Jackson who coached UFC superstars Jon Jones and Georges St.-Pierre. In his decade of training, Omri earned several gold medals in BJJ competitions including AGF and NAGAand competed in unsanctioned kickboxing competitions. Many of his students went on to win gold medals in martial arts tournaments. Omri has vast experience teaching youth and adults and will bring back KME ground fighting class in virtual and eventually in-person classes. Some of Omri’s accomplishments are:
NAGA (North American Grappling Association): 3 gold medals in Gi, 2 gold medals in No-gi
IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation): 1 gold medal in Gi
AGF (American Grappling Federation): 2 gold medals in Gi
USS (Underground Submission Series): 1 gold medal in No-gi

Marco astonishing experience in the worlds of martial arts and self defense spans over more than three decades of persistence and dedication in both his training and his instruction of the practices. Marco’s journey between 1985 and 2018 is marked with several highlights including achieving a 4th degree black belt in Karate, a brown belt in Judo and a KMMA 2nd Degree Black Belt. In 2018, Marco joined the KME family. He has trained and progressed under Tsahi Shemesh and achieved a G2 level. His well-rounded experience of the various practices enhances his understanding of how Krav Maga is different than adjacent martial arts fields, thus delivering high-end knowledge, a superb skill set and an abundance of instruction experience.

Among Marco’s various accomplishments are

1997 2001 kickboxing Record 5:1. Competed in Top Kick Kickoxibg
Championship Super Heavyweight and Ring of Combat
1997 2001 Finals and Semi-Finals in Bare Knuckle Knockout Kyokushin Karate
Tournaments; Ultimate Test, Mas Oyama Gold Cup, 2nd North American Kyokushin US Open 2020 Program Director Chief Instructor in Self Defense, Kickboxing Instructor, Kids Chief Instructor Striking 101 Sensei John

Elaine began her training with Krav Maga experts in 2015. Since that time she has accrued almost 1000 hours on the mat under the instruction of KME’s exceptional team of certified experts. She completed the instructor training course under the direct guidance of chief expert Tsahi Shemesh in 2021. In her own teaching, Elaine draws upon principles she has learned from cross-training in Muay Thai, boxing, and her extensive yoga practice. Beyond the mat, she is a Ph.D. candidate in Slavic Languages at Columbia University. Her pedagogical training in the academy informs her work at KME; she espouses and practices inclusive teaching and views every classroom as a space of dialogue and empowerment.

Breo has been training Krav Maga since 2006 and is a Certified Instructor under Tsahi Shemesh. He started training martial arts in 1984 (teaching since 1992) and, additionally, holds a 3rd Dan Black Belt in Tang Soo Do, Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and Brown Belts in Shotokan and Japanese Jiu-Jitsu. During his competitive days, he competed and medaled in a significant number of Karate and Tae Kwon Do tournaments; and refereed several competitions.

After a successful career in Wall Street, Breo retired from the hedge fund world in 2019 and now focuses his time on his teaching passion, volunteering as Krav Maga, Karate and Tae Kwon Do instructors. Additionally, he is a Part-Time Professor at Rutgers Business School, a frequent guest lecturer at a number of MBA programs, and a recurrent newspaper article contributor.