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Expert Krav Maga Instructor

Raz Chen is an Expert level II Instructor at Krav Maga Experts in New York City, with multiple certifications from the Sports Academy in Israel, and Wingate Institute. A former special operations infantry combatant and  Senior military Krav Maga instructor, Raz has taught over 10,000 soldiers, including top special forces and counter-terrorism units, K9, and US Marines. He currently teaches classes and seminars for army, police, and civilians in topics like counter-terrorism, rape prevention, Krav Maga instructor certification, Krav Maga combat and fitness, and his own created class, Element, focusing on balance, movement, and body awareness.


"We must always be aware of our surroundings. Mindfulness is key. The first step to protecting ourselves is being aware of who and what is around us."

Raz Chen

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I am thrilled to recommend Raz Chen when you learn the self-defense technique. He is an expert of Krav Maga, which is an Israeli self-defense system. He is a great instructor. I have a pleasure of taking his class every time. In the class I was continuously impressed by his knowledge about fighting. His personality is very responsible, patient and creative. He is always empowering students physically and mentally. Also his supervision for safety training is remarkable. His classes are filled with lots of energy, lots of useful technique, and lots of motivation. His professional self-defense acumen is immensely valuable. I am highly confident in my recommendation of Raz Chen.

Takashi Yoshihara

Raz is an incredibly passionate teacher with an ability to both challenge and empower his students on and off the mat. It is a whole body strengthening experience to learn from him. A city such as New York is very fortunate to have his teaching available as a resource to its citizens. For the Krav Maga skills taught equip students with both a mental readiness and physical ability to engage if necessary in any form of injustice or trauma. I highly recommend taking advantage of the opportunity he provides to grow as an individual and fighter!

Callie Duty

Raz Chen is an exceptionally skilled and experienced Krav Maga instructor. He teaches a holistic approach to self-defense that emphasizes physical power reinforced by a strong mindset. Raz’s expertise in the Krav Maga discipline is matched only by his dedication to and concern for his students’ progress. I highly recommend Raz to Krav Maga students of any level.

Ruchoma Cohen

Raz Chen is an incredible teacher. His classes are high octane, full of great lessons, sweat, fun, motivation and inspiration. Raz is creative and patient, making sure all of his students learn in the most safe, efficient, challenging, and enjoyable manner possible.

Elke Weiss

I have been training in Krav Maga under Raz for over two years now, and his influence has been twofold: he is an instructor and a mentor. He is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable instructors I have ever had-as his experience in the IDF, along with training soldiers and civilians, has provided him with an invaluable 360 vision on how to efficiently train beginners and build warriors. Not only does Raz train us to effectively protect ourselves physically, he also provides us with an environment to mentally challenge ourselves to be stronger and wiser than we were yesterday. He is patient but tough, and every training day with him is a day we become stronger.

Jenn Hirst

The world of self-defense and martial arts generally is littered with charlatans…but Raz Chen is the real deal in every way!  First, he possesses a breadth and depth of genuine expertise—grounded in real-life first-hand experience—that few others can rival.  But despite his vast skill and knowledge base, Raz still maintains a humility that is downright awe-inspiring.  Ever the student, Raz’s unique style of training blends relevant teaching across multiple disciplines (stand-up and striking arts, groundgame/grappling, takedowns/wrestling), but does not neglect the critical dimension of situational awareness and victim-aggressor psychology.  What’s more, he is able to apply his expertise at a highly-customized level to personally tailor a training program that fits each of his students, regardless of prior experience, fitness, age, body type, etc.  The lessons you take away are immediately relevant in your day-to-day life, whether walking down a dark alley (which you shouldn’t be doing in the first place!) or learning how to break a fall without breaking your back!  And last but not least, Raz continues to inspire you long after you’ve stepped off the mats, motivating you to aspire for (and attain!) ever-higher goals.  Thank you Raz!!

Yev Gelfand

Raz is an extremely intelligent and humble Krav Maga instructor. He has an excellent eye on helping people become the best version of themselves. He teaches more than just the method of self-defense and martial arts. His coachings are extremely helpful for anyone who wants to enhance their self-confidence and as well as their will power. His generosity and clear communication make it very convenient for his clients to improve and reach their next level. He’s an inspiration to the world.

Sanchit Babbar

The first time I walked into the Krav Maga Experts studio, I did not know what I was getting into. I saw a group of women who were so much younger than I, so I thought, “ok I can struggle through this and then be done”.  Then Raz came over to me and introduced himself, made me feel welcomed and class started.  Raz was encouraging, calm and clear in his instructions.  I watched, not just how he was with me, but with all of the students. It was so impressive how he patiently helped each person. The best part was, he made us laugh. Raz made a very tough workout fun. Several years later I am still going to his class.  Raz is thoughtful, intelligent, philosophical, dedicated and clearly cares very much about all of his students.  He shows a warmth to everyone and takes the time to find out how they are feeling.  Raz knows how to get his students to push through and work hard, while being aware of everyone’s level and ability.  He truly wants everyone to improve, to be safe and to be healthy. Of course, he is incredibly knowledgeable and experienced in several forms of self defense and martial arts. Even during the pandemic when everything was shut down, Raz was quick to develop Krav Maga on zoom.  It was a life saver.  It isn’t the same, but Raz is still encouraging, pushing everyone to do better, watching individuals on zoom and giving helpful feedback.  And he still makes us laugh.  I would recommend Raz Chen whole heartedly to everyone, without any hesitation.

Joan Glatman

With New York City becoming increasingly dangerous, I felt it was more important than ever to learn how to protect myself in any scenario. With little to no knowledge of any forms of martial arts or self defense, I began training with Raz a few months ago in Riverside Park. What started with basics like simple footwork, straight punches, and light cardio quickly progressed to learning advanced strike combinations to target weak points, evaluating the appropriate response for different situations, and engaging in high intensity interval training that leaves me feeling both exhilarated and beat to a pulp after every session. Despite the unusual circumstances of training outdoors during the COVID pandemic, Raz, always resourceful, made it feel like a unique advantage. With clever use of outdoor terrain and natural obstacles, my sessions have featured pull-ups on tree branches, vertical leaps onto boulders, and walking forwards and backwards on guard rails. Raz truly excels at motivating you to push beyond your limits and rapidly reach goals you thought might be years away. He is the ideal personal trainer.

Joe Magaro

I have been training with Raz for the past 8 months.  In my work in a correctional institution, you are at constant risk of being assaulted. Through my training with Raz, I was able to defend myself against a violent patient who became unpredictably assaultive.  Were it not for my Krav Maga training, I would have likely been in the hospital recovering from injuries instead of writing this review.  Thank God for Raz and Krav Maga training.

Clark Shaw


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