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.
Jonathan has been learning Krav Maga for over 13 years, supplementing his training with Boxing, Jiu Jitsu, and other martial arts disciplines. For the last 9 years, Jonathan has taught Krav Maga both as group and private sessions. Teaching students of ages 3 to 75, Jonathan tailors his instruction to every individual's personality, size, strength, and physical ability, fully believing that no person is too young or too old to learn how to protect themselves.
Julio has a vast experience in fighting and teaching. He holds a Blackbelt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo and Japanese Jiu Jitsu. In thirty years of training, he has gone from Teenage National Bodybuilding Champion to World Masters Jiu Jitsu gold medalist. Julio founded Omni Martial Arts in 2009, which he owned for nine years. He has trained Pan and National champions, pro and amateur MMA fighters, law enforcement, soccer moms, and their kids. He has appeared as an expert on fitness or martial arts on PBS, MTV, The Channel 11 news, National Geographic, MSNBC, GeoBeats, and ExpertVillage.com. His mission is to help his students and anyone else that needs a fresh perspective by sharing the experiences, mistakes and realizations that have helped Julio improve his own life.
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.
Emily has been practicing martial arts for most of her life. Her first karate school emphasized the importance of learning as many variations as possible, catering techniques to individuals. It was a combination of several traditional and modern Japanese styles that also integrated aspects of Judo, Japanese Jiu Jitsu, and practical self-defense. She trained in Kyokushin and Shotokan while living in Japan for three years, learning sparring techniques and teaching kata to fighters. Upon her return, she trained in Muay Thai and Jeet Kune Do for several years and ran cardio kickboxing classes on Zoom in 2020. In classes both on and off the mat, she expresses her belief that martial arts help to form some of the best communities in the world, allowing practitioners to better understand and push the boundaries of their own potential while forging practical skills and self-confidence. She applies her knowledge of and experience with martial arts to her academic work as a Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy of Religion at Columbia University, where she is currently writing her dissertation about embodiment, imagination, and virtuality.
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.
Rupert is a lifelong martial artist, starting his journey with Goju Ryu, where he reached his Nidan- Ho (2nd Degree) before pursuing his career as an actor. As a student of Felix Ivanov he studied Bō, Judo, Tai Chi, nunchucks and sword forms. His physical influences and languages span more than just martial arts, spending 9 years of his youth studying ballet. Rupert is train by Tsahi Shemesh and working towards his Expert level in Krav Maga. As a teacher, Rupert believes in the foundational respect, diligence and will that is at the core of every physical discipline. Whether it’s the stage or the mat, Rupert is the first to arrive and the last to leave
Patrick is a Jamaican/American martial artist/Writer. Patrick has is a trained Muay Thai fighter who's dedicated to his training and learning. With 4 years of boxing under his belt and an extensive wrestling training, he got on the Varsity team at 214lb as a freshman in HS. Patrick is teaching KME's Combatives and Strike classes on a weekly basis and continue to train professionally with Krav Maga and Muay Thai on a daily basis.