Born in 1966, Master Avi Moyal took up Krav Maga at a very young age. He honed his skills under the tutelage of legendary instructors such as Master Eli Avigzar and Master Imi Lichtenfeld.
Avi received his ‘Expert’ level certification in 1985, and joined the IDF Marines soon afterwards. He served as a platoon commander with an elite Terror Demolition Unit and participated in several missions, many of which were carried out in hostile territory. Avi was also part of a security ring for a high-ranking IDF general and an intelligence officer. After active service, he served as a reserves platoon commander in a special operations unit.
Avi Moyal then completed the trainer’s courses, including the Senior Trainer’s course at the Wingate Institute. He went on to conduct instructor’s courses at Wingate for seven years, and is one of the highest ranking Krav Maga Masters today.
On a side note, the Wingate Institute is a sports facility that is home to several Israeli national teams. It also serves as a military training base where soldiers are schooled in physical fitness and hand-to-hand combat. The institute is named after Orde Wingate, a maverick British soldier and staunch Zionist, who is best known for creating the Chindits, an unconventional Second World War-era commando unit.
Master Avi Moyal is currently the Chairman of the International Krav Maga Federation. He continues to instruct military units and security organizations across the world, and serves as Advisor to the Israeli Minister of Sport and Education in the domain of Krav Maga. He was also chosen by the Israeli government to develop specific techniques and teaching programs for women’s self-defence, children’s self-defence and road rage situations.
Food for Thought
An interesting fact about Master Avi Moyal is that he has been teaching Krav Maga for over thirty years. If you do the math, it means that he started doing so at a relatively young age! This is because Avi displayed a degree of proficiency that impressed his instructors so much that they permitted him to teach every now and then.
Here’s another fun fact…
Check out this little picture closely! Spot anyone familiar?
Avi Moyal was part of Michael Jackson’s security detail when the King of Pop toured Israel in 1993.
The information and images in this post have been drawn from the IKMF website
– Salil R