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Adult Krav Maga
UTKM Krav Maga Self Defense Testing Group Photo

Our Adult Krav Maga program (age 13+) can be tough and intense and is designed for people who are serious about learning to defend themselves. 

We do not teach fitness; we teach Krav Maga. Our only goal is for you to learn skills to protect yourself so you can return safely to your loved ones every day. Although our class is not a fitness class, it can be physically demanding (especially the Warrior class), and we will constantly challenge you to better yourself. We believe that the more you sweat in training, the less you will bleed on the street. While training can be hard, we take safety very seriously. Our head instructor has had training in civilian and military first aid , and  has a background in OH&S.

The day you choose Urban Tactics as your place to train, we feel personally responsible for you. We are obligated to prepare you for the possible dangers you could face on the street and in life.

We hope to see you in class so that you too may walk in peace.

Adult Krav Maga - Defense Classes


This is the first step in your journey from Lamb to Lion. The Defense class is the beginner-level class for all new students. It focuses on the techniques of Krav Maga as we teach them, and it is where you will learn the fundamental concepts, principles, and theories of Krav Maga.

This is a semi-contact class: groin protection is required, and a mouth guard is advised. Please wear your school uniform (UTKM t-shirt) if you are a regular student.

Our Defense class is open to all levels of skill and experience.


Adult Krav Maga - Warrior Classes


A key part of Krav Maga is developing a person's mental and physical strength. This class will push your limits and boundaries and is the advanced-beginner class. Leave with sweat on your brow and the satisfaction that you come out a little better than you entered. The Warrior class is designed around the Israeli style of training that made Krav Maga so effective; it involves aggression drills and semi-contact, controlled sparring.

This class is open to all individuals with 1-month defense class training, with 4-6 classes and instructor approval. Instructor Signature must be obtained in your workbook.

Our Warrior class is the next step in your self-defense transformation from Lamb to Lion.

This is a CONTACT class. Please bring all of your gear:
• Mouth Guard
• Groin Protection
• MMA Gloves
• Krav Maga Head Gear


Warrior Class Sparring

A key part of Krav Maga is developing a person's mental and physical strength. This class will push your limits and boundaries and is the advanced-beginner class.


You'll leave with sweat on your brow and the satisfaction of knowing you came out a little better than you entered. The Warrior class is designed around the Israeli style of training that made Krav Maga so effective; it involves aggression drills and semi-contact, controlled sparring.

This class is open to all individuals with 1 month of defense class training, 4-6 classes, and instructor approval. An instructor's signature must be obtained in your workbook.

Our Warrior class is the next step in your self-defense transformation from Lamb to Lion.

This is a CONTACT class. Please bring all of your gear:

  • Mouth Guard

  • Groin Protection

  • MMA Gloves

  • Krav Maga Head Gear


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What is Krav Maga?


Krav Maga is a practical and effective system which teaches an individual how to prevent and overcome all manner of violence and attacks in the real world where there are no mats, no rings, and no rules. Starting with Critical Thinking and Situational awareness it builds from the simplest, most effective techniques that work for the most people most of the time. It re-trains your nervous system to have the fastest, most effective response when you are under the stress of a violent physical confrontation. While also teaching you to be calm, applying controlled aggression and strategy. It not only develops your ability to handle unarmed self-defense scenarios. it also builds proficiency in armed ones.

Krav Maga is a system with a unique and logical approach. It is easy to learn and retain, with easily performed natural and intuitive movements. It is very practical to use under stressful conditions as the moves are built off the normal, untrained reactions that people generally have. The techniques employ the quickest, simplest movements, and often use aggression and surprise to simultaneously defend and attack.
Krav Maga prepares Individuals to function in all circumstances and scenarios, in all combat and fighting environments, according to their needs and risks they may face on the job or in life. Krav Maga helps individuals develop tactical, physical, and mental awareness, and encourages constant growth and improvement.

Krav Maga is NOT a martial art; it is a mentality and a SELF-DEFENSE system. There are no competitions. It is meant for real life and teaches you how to survive so that you can go home to your family.
It is the simplest, most effective form of self-defense in the world!

Imi Lichtenfeld - Modern Krav Maga Founder

The man,The Legend, The History - Imi Lichtenfeld
(The creation of Krav Maga)

IImrich ("Imi") Sde-Or* is credited with opening the first public school for Krav Maga and is the main reason that Krav Maga is what it is today. While a slightly different style, called “KAPAP,” was being created in the then “Mandate for Palestine,” by the earlier Jewish re-settlers and resistance groups, we consider Imi the Founder of Modern Krav Maga. He was born in 1910 in Budapest, Hungary which, at the time, was one of the centers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He grew up in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, in a home where sports, law, and Central European education were equally respected. Samuel Lichtenfeld, Imi's father, was undoubtedly quite a unique figure; at age 13 he joined a traveling circus, and for the next 20 years engaged in wrestling, weightlifting, and various demonstrations of strength. For Samuel the circus was also a school where he met people involved in a wide variety of sports, including some quite unusual ones. These people taught Samuel what they knew - including a variety of martial arts.

With his father's encouragement, Imi became active in a wide range of sports. He first excelled in swimming, and subsequently in gymnastics, wrestling, and boxing. In 1928, Imi won the Slovakian Youth Wrestling Championship and in 1929 the adult championship (in the light and middle weight division). That year he also won the national boxing championship and an international gymnastics championship. During the ensuing decade, Imi's athletic activities focused mainly on wrestling, both as a contestant and as a trainer.

In the mid thirties, conditions began to change in Bratislava. Fascist and anti-Semitic groups appeared, determined to upset the public order and harm the city's Jewish community. Imi became the defacto leader of a group of likeminded young Jews willing to stand up and defend their community; most of whom had a background in boxing, wrestling, and weightlifting. This group attempted to block the anti-Semitic bands from entering the Jewish quarter and wreaking havoc therein. Thus, between 1936 and 1940 Imi took part in countless violent encounters in order to protect himself, and others.

A story has been told that one time Nazi hooligans came into the university hitting and punching Jews. Suddenly a young man showed up, confronted them by hitting and biting them, and then disappeared as quickly as he had appeared. The story spread and one name stood out above the crowd…"Imi". In 1940, having become a thorn in the side of the anti-Semitic local authorities as a result of his activities, Imi left his home, family, and friends, and boarded the last immigrant ship that succeeded in escaping the Nazis' clutches. The vessel was an old riverboat named Pentcho, which had been converted to carry hundreds of refugees from Central Europe to the land of Israel (then called Palestine). The gripping story of the Pentcho and its passengers is told in detail in the book Odyssey by John Birman (published by Simon & Shuster, New York, 1984). Imi's private, two year odyssey, aboard that ship and afterwards, was filled with thrilling episodes. At one point on his journey, the ship hit a rock. Imi went with a small boat looking for help and eventually was found and taken by the British to Egypt. There he underwent several surgeries due to an infection on his face that caused paralysis.
He was asked by Yitzchak Sade to help train the "Netotim" in the Hagana (one of the para-military groups, that operated in Israel prior to the founding of the state and creation of the IDF) and teach them self-defense. In 1944 Imi arrived in Palestine and began training fighters in his areas of expertise: physical fitness, swimming, wrestling, use of the knife, and defenses against knife attacks. During this period, Imi trained several elite units of the Hagana and Palmach (strike force of the Hagana and forerunner of the special units of the IDF), including the Pal-Yam and groups of police officers. In 1948, when the State of Israel was founded and the IDF was formed, Imi became Chief Instructor for Physical Fitness and Krav Maga at the IDF School of Combat Fitness. He served in the IDF for about 20 years, during which time he developed and refined his unique method of self-defense and hand-to-hand combat. Imi personally trained the top soldiers.

During his service he married a woman named Ilana and adopted her child, as he did not have children of his own. He always told his students: “I do not need children, you are my sons".

After he finished his active duty, Imi began adapting and modifying Krav Maga for civilian needs. The method was formulated to suit everyone - men and women, boys or girls, who might need it to save their lives or survive an attack while sustaining minimal harm. To disseminate his method, Imi established two training centers, one in Tel Aviv and the other in Netanya. Among his students was Yitzchak Rabin. (Former PM of Israel, assassinated by a Jewish fanatic in 1994)

Even during his last years, Imi continued to personally supervise the training of those who had attained high ranks in Krav Maga, and to spend time with the instructors in Israel and abroad. Imi monitored the trainees' progress and achievements, captivating them with his unique charisma and imparting them with his lifelong accumulation of knowledge in Krav Maga and self-defense.
Imi, a teacher, a warrior, and a great human being, passed away in the early morning hours of January 9, 1998. Thus, the legend was dead, but not his legacy.

“So one may walk in peace.”
“People respect power, and it comes in many forms, Krav Maga is power, and people will respect you for knowing it

Lead Instructor

Lead Instructor
UTKM Krav Maga - Jonathan Fader

Jonathan Fader -  Co-Founder

 Lead Instructor

Since childhood, I had always been captivated with the military and martial arts. At 21, I realized that my career in Occupational Health and Safety wasn't fulfilling my aspirations. So, I made the bold decision to follow my dreams, leaving everything behind to pursue martial arts and join the military. Given my Jewish heritage, I chose to enlist in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). This journey began in 2008 with Krav Maga training under the IKMF lineage.

In 2009 I moved to Israel and served almost 2 years in the 84th Givati infantry brigade, 424th battalion (Shaked). During my military service, I was trained as a rifleman, Light Machine Gunner , and Infantry Sniper. I also learned military Krav Maga as required by the training. My duties ranged from roadblocks to arrests and managing riots in the West Bank and continued training in Golan Heights.

In the late summer of 2011, I returned to Canada.  I felt that this was my home and where I had to be. I resumed training Krav Maga with one of my former instructors as well as IKMF Master level 3 Marcus Torgersenand expanded my skills by learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and exploring other styles like Kyokushin and Muay Thai. Building on my IDF firearms training, I further honed my expertise with organizations such as CT707 under Nir Maman.

Over the years, I became a certified instructor with various Krav Maga organizations, including INSTINCT IIC under Kfir Itzhaki, IKF under Amit Himmelstein, CT707 under Nir Maman, CKMI with Lior Ofenbach, and IKI with Moshe Kats. My goal has always been to deeply understand Krav Maga and its diverse approaches while continuously updating my skills and knowledge.

In addition to Krav Maga, I have actively trained and competed in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In 2024, after 12 years of dedicated training, I earned my BJJ black belt from coach Mike Hansen during a Cyborg seminar. My BJJ journey began under team megaton Black belt Trevor Clarkson, but when I started teaching Krav out of Budo Mixed Martial Arts I made the switch. At that time Budo was run by Scott Boudreau and Mike Hansen, both who were since given their black belts by Del La Riva Black Belt Don Whitefield. Now Budo Burnaby is run by Mike Hanson who is now Zenith 2nd Black Belt under Legendary Instructor Robert Drysdale. I have also trained via seminars or school visits the likes of Renzo Gracie, Luanna Alzuguir, Lucas Lepri, Megaton, Michael Langhi, Bernardo Fario, Marcelo Garica, Rob Biernacki, "Cyborg" Abreu, Eddie Bravo and Matt Kwan to name a few.

Due to my extensive Firearms' training from the IDF and other organizations in 2019 I was certified as a Canadian Firearms Safety Course Instructor.

Additionally, I've explored various martial arts, including boxing, Kyokushin Karate, Arnis, Judo, kickboxing, JKD, and knife fighting, learning from diverse instructors and lineages.

Among all the martial arts I've studied, Krav Maga stands out as the simplest, easiest, and most effective system. While other disciplines require years to master for self-defense, Krav Maga equips practitioners within months of regular training. It is, without a doubt, the most effective form of self-defense in the world. My ultimate goal is to build a school, dedicated to helping others build confidence and master self-defense and produce more high quality Krav Maga instructors

I look forward to seeing you in our classes and assisting you on your journey to confidence and self-defense proficiency.


Jonathan Fader

Jonathan Is also the local Metro Vancouver representative for:

Assistant Instructors


Petra Foerster

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Anna Montgomery

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Karch Tan

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Karis Mishchenko

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Corey Owens

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