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The Most Effective Self Defense Method in the World.

Krav Maga principles focus on finishing a fight as quickly as possible by swiftly addressing the danger and counterattacking at the most vulnerable parts of an antagonist’s body. 

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The Origins Of Krav Maga

The Origins Of Krav Maga

The Origins Of Krav Maga

founder, Imi Lichtenfeld, official self defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces, Krav Maga

The history begins in the late 1930’s in Bratislava.  Our founder, Imi Lichtenfeld, developed it there during the influx of Nazi Germany.  Being a former champion wrestler and boxer, Imi quickly learned the difference from sport and street fighting.  

Imi relocated to Israel in the early 1940’s where he joined Haganah and taught basic hand to hand fighting skills to soldiers.  In 1948 the state of Israel was born and Imi was asked to develop an effective fighting system, which later became the Krav Maga System.  It is the official self defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces and is taught to all enlisted men and women ages 18-51. 


In the 1960’s with military approval, Imi started teaching civilians in Israel.  In 1981, the Krav Maga Association of Israel and the Ministry of Education held the first International Instructor’s Course at Wingate Institute for Physical Education.  This is where our Chief U.S. Instructor Darren Levine began his journey with Imi.  Darren being one of only a few who passed the grueling six week, 8 hour, six days a week training schedule.

In 1984, 

Imi passed his own Black Belt on to Darren.   Years later Imi would award Darren with one of only two Founders Diploma’s he handed out before his passing.

Darren has continued the legacy by spreading it around the world so all people “May Walk in Peace.”  We now join Darren on this journey.

Darren Levine and KMW

The Origins Of Krav Maga

The Origins Of Krav Maga

Darren Levine, Krav Maga Worldwide, KMW, Krav Maga, self-defense, counterterrorism, expert,

Darren Levine is the Chief Instructor of Krav Maga Worldwide. A 8th degree black belt, he is one of the highest-ranked Krav Maga instructors in the world and received extensive training directly from Imi Lichtenfeld, the creator of Krav Maga.

In recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the Krav Maga system, Darren Levine received one of only two Founder Diplomas ever issued by Imi Lichtenfeld. An internationally recognized self-defense and counterterrorism expert, Darren Levine has taught thousands of civilians and police officers, as well as military special operation and anti-terrorist units in the United States and abroad.

Darren Levine serves as a Los Angeles County prosecutor and an assistant head deputy of the Target Crimes Division; he has been tasked with prosecuting the most violent crimes committed against law enforcement, including murders of on-duty peace officers. Levine has received numerous commendations, among them: National Co-Prosecutor of the Year 2004, National Association of District Attorneys; Los Angeles County Prosecutor of the Year, 2003 ADDA; and Distinguished Alumni Award, Loyola Law School.

“Darren Levine has risen in stature and accomplishment in Krav Maga from a beginning student with me in 1981 to Chief Instructor and my representative in the United States.” (July 28, 1994)
– Imi Lichtenfeld, Creator of Krav Maga

Mike Berean and KM Legion

The Origins Of Krav Maga

Why Krav Maga Is So Effective

Mike Berean 3rd Degree Krav Maga Black Belt, US Marine, Chief Instructor, NRA Certified Instructor, Tactical Shooting Instructor

Mike Berean is our Chief Instructor, 3rd Degree Black Belt Krav Maga Instructor, Law Enforcement Training Certified and as they say once a Marine always a Marine.

Mike was introduced to Krav Maga while in the U.S.M.C.  

He searched for a Krav Maga training center here in Michigan.  Once he began his Krav Maga journey it never ended.  He opened the doors to Krav Maga Novi February 9th 2010.

He quickly went through the ranks and made his way to a Krav Maga  Expert.  Mike is not just skilled physically, he is a master when it comes to understanding Krav Maga, it's principles, and techniques.  This makes Mike a very skilled individual and an amazing teacher and Instructor.

Krav Maga combined with his skills from the Marine Corp and other elite tactical forces makes Mike Berean definitely one of the few in the world with his level of skill.

Mike has an amazing passion to help all people be able to defend themselves, from an armed multiple attackers, to a school yard bully. He shares Imi and Darren's vision for all to be able to walk in peace.  For one to be able to this they must be able to defend themselves effectively and efficiently.

Mike is also an expert when it comes to physical fitness and nutrition.  His most recent accomplishment is breaking the Guinness Book of World Records for most Chest to Ground Burpees in a 12 hour period...at 5010!

Why Krav Maga Is So Effective

Why Krav Maga Is So Effective

Why Krav Maga Is So Effective

Krav Maga is for everyone!  Mothers and Daughters Love KRAV.  Women's Self Defense

Advantages Of Krav Maga

Krav Maga is the most effective and efficient self defense method in the world.  It promotes finishing a fight as quickly as possible, by swiftly addressing the danger and counter attacking at the most vulnerable parts of the body.  

Training is not limited to techniques that avoid severe injury to ones attacker. Training drills are designed to provide maximum safety to students by the use of protective equipment and reasonable force.  

Our instructors here at Krav Maga Great Lakes will help you become an efficient, all-around fighter in a short amount of time. We will teach you by using a variety of methods and drills to simulate these situations. These drills will also help you attain a higher level of fitness, endurance, and fighting spirit .

Students learn to defend against all types of attacks and are trained to counter in the quickest and most efficient way.

The main goals  in Krav Maga  are:

  • Counter attacking as soon as possible (or attacking pre-emptively).
  • Targeting the body’s most vulnerable points such as: the eyes, neck and throat, face, solar plexus, groin, ribs, knee, foot, fingers, etc.
  • Maximum effectiveness and efficiency in order to neutralize the opponent as quickly as possible.
  • Developing an awareness of the surroundings while dealing with the threat, look for escape routes or other attackers or objects/weapons to defend or help attack.

In additional to developing situational awareness, training helps students understand the psychology of a street confrontation, and identify potential threats before an attack occurs.

The training focuses on real world situations and extremely swift and efficient counter-attacks. 

Krav Maga in Hebrew means contact combat: Krav means combat, and Maga means contact. Krav Maga is used by both regular and special Israeli defense forces 

Dori Berean and KM Legion

Why Krav Maga Is So Effective

Dori Berean and KM Legion

Dori Berean Krav Maga and Fitness Instructor, Nutrition Expert, NRA Certified Instructor

Dori's background is in Fitness, Mixed Martial Arts, Body Building, nutrition and Personal Training.  Krav Maga was a natural step for her that she loved!  Dori's why centers around helping other women feel confident and strong.  

She started her fitness journey at the very young age of 13.  Always admiring women of strength motivated her into starting her training in MMA in February 2006.  In January 2009 she took it a step further and competed in the cage as the "Dominator".  Ending her career with a 3/1 winning record and title holder of the Gladitorial Games.

Dori also realized how much this training and focus helped her not only be in the best shape of her life but had a major impact in  relieving stress and getting through some very difficult times

This was the foundation of her WHY and reason for opening Total Body Domination in January 2010.  Dori taught women self defense and personal training and nutrition coaching for men and women.  

In 2012 she also competed in body building Figure Competition where she placed at her first and only show.  1 was enough!

The Extreme Mother Makeover 20K is one of her fondest accomplishments.  She believed if she could help Moms be healthier and fit she could indeed change the world.  The contest was a huge success and reached over 52 countries.  Women around the world joined in on the fun of becoming healthier and thus leading their families by example.

Bringing her strengths to Krav Maga Great Lakes helped make it what it is today  

Dori is a Certified Krav Maga Instructor, NRA Instructor, Personal Trainer and Nutrition Expert.

The Dream Team - Our why

Why Krav Maga Is So Effective

Dori Berean and KM Legion

Mike and Dori Berean, The Dream Team, Krav Maga Instructors, NRA Certified Instructors, Fitness and Nutrition Experts, Krav Maga Great Lakes

The Dream Team!  As fondly referred to by Darren Levine himself. 

Mike and Dori met in 2014 and haven't left each others side since.  They share the same vison, drive and passion.  With that they believe all things are possible and have set out to prove it.  They are well under way with everything they have accomplished including growing their 2nd location and staff.  

But here is why it will matter to you...in their why statement: 

Our Why

Mike and I want to reach as many people as possible to make our community, our world, a healthier, safer, and stronger place to live and grow. This is our companies mission because it is our why. This is what drives us and what we are passionate about. Your successes fuel our fire.

Our main goal at Krav Maga Great Lakes is to get as much information that is stored in our brains through education and experience out there for others to benefit from. Through the Instructors that we develop and the Groups within that we have created, our goals of helping achieve the KMGL mission will flourish.

We are especially excited about our young Instructors. How awesome it is to know we can give this information to these incredible individuals that have a lifetime to share it with others. WOW! We never thought in a million years that passing on the torch and reaching so many people would be so fulfilling. 

We are truly blessed!

Join us and meet our Krav Family and become part of it.  You too will love being a part of The Krav Fam.

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