Roy Elghanayan

First sergeant, Paratrooper Roy Elghanayan

  • Over 24 years of real Krav Maga experience
  • Certified by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) as a Krav Maga and Combat Fitness Instructor
  • Former Krav Maga Head Instructor of the Israeli Special Forces 
  • Ranked twice as the #1 Krav Maga Instructor by the IDF Chief of Staff
  • Co-Founder of Israeli Ju Jitsu
  • Official Ambassador of Authentic Krav Maga, Israeli Ju Jitsu and Survival Training Blue/White Panel Belt
  • 4th Degree Black Belt - Black/Blue Panel Belt


As an active military soldier, Roy Elghanayan led the Krav Maga training of the Israeli Defense Forces. During his bootcamp training, he was recognized as Outstanding Soldier and given the opportunity to become certified in military Krav Maga. Roy was chosen to train as a Krav Maga instructor at the Wingate Institute (Bahad 8), the birth and home of authentic Israeli Krav Maga and defensive tactics instruction in Israel and the leading certification center for Krav Maga instructors worldwide. The instructor training course was supervised by Shachar Klarfeld, former head of the IDF for 18 years. Klarfeld was trained and certified in the traditional Krav Maga training style developed by Imi Lichtenfeld, the founder of Krav Maga. After completion of the training course, Roy returned to his base where he trained members of the Israeli Special Forces. Eight month later, Roy was promoted to Chief Instructor of Krav Maga and was responsible for the command of Krav Maga instructors in the Special Forces. During his service, Roy trained the soldiers of the Parachute Regiment that twice won first place in the IDF championships. As Chief Instructor of the Commando Course, an exclusive training course for elite military personnel, Roy was recognized by the 18th Chief of Staff (Dan Halutz) of the Israeli Defense Forces as the highest ranking Krav Maga instructor for his abilities in hand to hand combat and counter terrorism.

Roy Elghanayan began his training with 8th degree Black Belt Master Mati Elyashiv in Israeli Ju Jitsu and Krav Maga in the early 1990s. During his training at the Krav Maga and Israeli Ju Jitsu Institute, he learned Krav Maga designed for civilians. He excelled in his training and was certified as an instructor in 2000.Roy received his 4th Degree Black Belt in Krav Maga in 2013. That same year he was awarded a Blue/White Panel Belt as an Official International Ambassador of Authentic Krav Maga, Israeli Ju Jitsu and Survival Training.

As a result of his training with Master Mati and within the Israeli Defense Forces, Roy integrated the traditional Krav Maga with more updated techniques to create a hybrid form of Krav Maga that builds upon individual capabilities and techniques to create an advanced fighting style for both civilians and military personnel. Roy Elghanayan is recognized worldwide as the preeminent expert in authentic Israeli Krav Maga. Roy’s innovative fighting techniques and skills have earned him the honor of being named the only representative of true Israeli Krav Maga by Israel’s leading Krav Maga Masters.

Roy is nationally and internationally recognized as a leader in both civilian and military Krav Maga. Since moving to L.A., Roy has been contracted to train members of the Argentine Marines and Police and undercover homicide units, Mexican Special Anti-Cartel police units, and various Los Angeles Police Department and CIA agents here in the United States. Even while living in the United States, Roy’s students continue to be recognized as leading trainers of the Israeli Defense Forces.

In addition to training for military and law enforcement personnel, Roy is a renowned fight choreographer for film and television. He has worked with such actors as Cung Le, Aaron Eckhart and Jessica Chastain to provide training for the development of on-scene fight choreography.

Roy Elghanayan’s Krav Maga is a direct result of Roy’s international fighting and training experience in Krav Maga. He regularly receives invitations to train at Krav Maga Academies across the world and his world famous reputation attracts students from all over the globe to come train with him here in Los Angeles. REKM is the only Official Training Center of Krav Maga in the United States directly associated with the Israeli Special Forces.

Staff Sergeant, 1st Class Airborne – Marines/ Paratroopers Brigade, Israeli Special Forces


Sayeret (RECON) Duvdevan – Unit 217
  • An elite special forces unit
  • Conduct undercover operations
  • A prestigious unit of the IDF
Sayeret (RECON) Matkal – Unit 262 and 269
  • Reconnaissance behind enemy lines
  • Obtaining strategic intelligence
  • Counter-terrorism and hostage rescue
Sayeret (RECON) Maglan – Unit 212
  • Israeli Special forces unit
  • Secret Missions
  • Advanced technologies and weaponry
Lotar – Counter-Terror Training School- CT Tactical methodologies
A complete Israeli combat concept, derived from real-life situations and personal experience
101st “Cobra” Airborne Battalion
  • 202nd “Viper” Airborne Battalion
  • 890th “Echis” Airborne Battalion
  • Krav Maga Chief Instructor for IDF Commando Course
  • High jack, hostage situations Training expertise

Roy Elghanayan ranked twice as the #1 Krav Maga Instructor by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff


  • Black Belt 4th Degree / DAN
  • Recognized as an official Ambassador of Israel Krav Maga
  • Chosen as the official and exclusive representative of Israeli Ju Jitsu and Krav Maga in Los Angeles
  • Black Belt 3rd Degree / DAN
  • Black Belt 2nd Degree / DAN
  • Awarded as Outstanding Krav Maga Instructor of the Israeli Marines/ Paratroopers Brigade
  • The only 2 time Israeli Krav Maga National Champion in the entire Israeli Defense Forces
  • Israeli Defense Forces Tournament – Krav Maga, basic level- 1st Place (unit 1)
  • Israel Defense Forces Tournament – Krav Maga, advance level 1st Place (Unit 2)
  • Chief of Staff Award for hand-to-hand combat (1st awards)
  • Chief of Staff Award for hand-to-hand combat (2nd awards)
  • Awarded as Outstanding Krav Maga Instructor of the Israeli Marines/ Paratroopers Brigade
  • Certified as a Krav Maga Instructor by the Israeli Defense forces, Bahad 8 – Wingate Institute
  • Certified as a Combat Fitness Instructor by the Israeli Defense forces, Bahad 8 – Wingate Institute
  • Awarded as Outstanding Israeli Marine/ Paratrooper
  • Black Belt 1st Degree / DAN
  • Israeli Ju-jitsu National Tournament – 1st place
  • Israeli Ju-jitsu National Tournament – 1st place