Gideon is the regional director and foreign representative for KMF-AC in South Korea and has pioneered the spread of Krav Maga here. With over fifteen years of Krav Maga training, he is the most experienced and certified instructor in Korea. He holds different Black Belt dan levels from two federations and is a contractor with both the US and Korean militaries.
An avid martial arts practitioner since childhood, Gideon began his training in Oakland, California but has traveled extensively to study a myriad of fighting styles in their home countries. He continues to be fascinated by the many different martial arts systems, particularly in regards to their value adding to the growth of Krav Maga. These include Kali, Pangamot, Jujitsu, Silat, Muay Thai, Greco-Roman wrestling, Hapkido, Aikido, and more. Over the years he has worked and trained with many well-known instructors such as Alain Cohen, Danny Zelig, Eyal Yalinov, Darren Levine, Barney Foland, Franz Stroeven, and Everest Pepper, and has learned from some of the most skilled practitioners of Krav Maga and other complementary systems of fighting and self-defense.
Gideon has offered his tutelage to a multitude of students in the US and abroad, and has extensive experience teaching civilians, law enforcement, and military units, members, and entities, including:
He is the only instructor in Korea who holds valid certifications that allow him to officially and legitimately instruct and certify in the following cases:
(All certifications can be viewed and verified by request)
Alain Cohen is a certified martial arts and Krav Maga coach and lecturer, graduate of Wingate Institute, and member of Wingate guidance committee. He regularly holds various courses and seminars at Wingate Institute in Israel and abroad, and is the co-founder of the official Israeli Krav Maga program of the Wingate Institute.
His qualifications include:
Corey is the manager of Krav Maga Seoul/KMF-AC Korea. She holds a brown belt certification and teacher certifications for Krav Maga and Women's Self-Defense through the federation as well as being a Wingate certified instructor. She co-teaches the Women's Self-Defense program with Brendon.
Jay Kim (Kim Jeong-Hak) is the instructor for Jeet Kune Do at TMAS. He studied JKD and Kali under Ted Wong and Dan Inosanto, former students of Bruce Lee. In addition, he holds instructor rankings in Wing Chun and Wushu and has trained Silat in Indonesia to the level of black belt instructor.
His credentials include:
Red, green, and black belts of Pencak Silat
Training at Kali de Leon, Pencak Silat Mande Muda (in progress)
Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts instructor (JKD, FMA)
Hosted visits and seminars of Sifu Ted Wong in Seoul (2008, 2012)
Private training with Sifu Ted Wong (LA, 2007)
Martial arts director of TV dramas (OCN Vampire Prosecutor, MBC Sweet Spy, SBS Little Sisters)
Instructor at JKD Taiwan Headquarters
Instructor at Seonglim Martial Arts Institute, Korea-China Kung Fu Martial Arts Association
Korea Wushu Association Level 4 (Black Belt)
Vaughan is Pintados Kali certified instructor who began his martial arts training at age 18 in Aikido before moving on to Diamondback Eskrima. After coming to Korea he started focusing on Jeet Kune Do and Pintados Kali, the latter of which he holds a black belt in.
Dr. Steve is a chiropractor and acupuncturist who moonlights as a bodyguard, racecar driver, and martial arts instructor. He specializes in applying tools from rehab therapy to fitness and workout routines. He is also a certified Aikido instructor.