Moni Aizik Biography

Founder of Commando Krav Maga

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Moni Aizik is the Founder and Chief Instructor for all of the Combat Survival Reality Based Institute programs which include:

  • Commando Krav Maga (CKM)
  • CKM Law Enforcement
  • CKM Military and CKM FIT

Early Years

Moni started training in Jiu Jitsu, Judo, and boxing at the age of 8. He would later go on to dominate Israel’s competitive scene winning seven national titles. After being in the competitive arena, Moni began imparting his knowledge to others. Among Moni’s most noted Israeli students was Yael Arad, Israel’s first Olympic and World medalist.

Moni continually sought to increase his knowledge of combative martial arts by frequently traveling to Japan to study and personally train under the technical wizardry of World Judo and Sambo Champions Iso Ikano and Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki. This helped enhance his passion for proper biomechanics and reality‐based fighting.

Military Service

When Moni enrolled for his military service, due to his unique abilities, the Israeli government gave him special privileges known as sportay mitstaien (excellent sportsman privilege). He decided though to give up these special privileges and instead opted to join an elite group of Israeli Special Forces Commandos responsible for counter‐terrorism and intelligence gathering behind enemy lines. The following year Moni found himself fighting in the midst of the Yom Kippur War. It was a bloody battle…one of the worst in Israel’s history.


  • Founder of the Combat Survival Reality Based Institute.
  • Former Israeli Special Forces Elite Commando – Fought in Yom Kippur War.
  • Former 7‐time National Judo and Jiu Jitsu Champion
  • Trained many world‐renowned students including: Olympic & World Medalist, Yael
  • Arad, International star and UFC Champion, Carlos Newton, Shooto star, Joel Gerson, UFC
  • Fighter, Mark Bocek and more.
  • Featured on several TV shows including: Human Weapon, History Channel, Weaponology,
  • Discovery Channel, Celebrity Fit Club,Fight Network and more.
  • On the cover of many well‐known martial arts magazines including: Budo International, Black
  • Belt magazine, Inside Kung Fu, and Martial Arts Illustrated and more.

Experiment With Combative Tactics

Moni began analyzing the existing hand to hand methods of the Israeli military in search of a more effective and complete system. He experimented with combative tactics and techniques from Krav Maga, Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Boxing, Muay Thai, as well as other fighting systems under the most stressful situations.

Through his studies he observed:

  • Moves requiring more than two gross motor skills rarely work under extreme stress.
  • You cannot rely on strength because there is always someone stronger.

It is much more realistic to train with dynamic, non-cooperative attackers rather than static and cooperative attackers.

Moni concluded you must train the way you fight in real situations, thus creating the first ever multiple-attacker sparring in reality-based training. Today these sessions are known as surprise attacks or pressure tests.

Creation of Commando Krav Maga (CKM)

Through rigorous field testing under the most realistic conditions, Moni invented new concepts, tactics, and techniques leading to the creation of COMMANDO KRAV MAGA (CKM) in early 1974.
After his service to the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces), Moni expanded with his martial arts and combative roots by opening one of the top training centers in Israel called Maccabi Tel Aviv.

The school quickly became recognized as the defacto national training center in multiple styles including his new modern form of Krav Maga known today as CKM. Moni’s competitive students swept events with many national titles for individual and team competitions.

Israel’s First Olympic & World Medalist

Among Moni’s most noted Israeli students was Yael Arad, Israel’s first Olympic and World medalist.

Moni sought to increase his knowledge of combative martial arts by frequently traveling to Japan to study and personally train under the technical wizardry of World Judo and Sambo Champions Iso Ikano and Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki. This helped enhance his passion for proper biomechanics and reality-based fighting.

Expanding to North America

By 1986 Moni had introduced his system of Krav Maga at the Jewish Community Center in Toronto Canada, which quickly became an enormous hit. He used this momentum to demonstrate his abilities in elite instruction by establishing one of the most successful martial arts clubs in Canada, The Samurai Club, offering multiple disciplines including MMA, Judo, Jiu Jitsu, and his evolved style of Krav Maga (CKM).

Continuing on the success of Maccabi Tel Aviv back in Israel, his students at The Samurai Club dominated the Judo and Jiu Jitsu tournament scene, sweeping Gold medals at almost every competition.

MMA World Champion

This was the first Canadian academy to formally teach Israeli Fighting Systems. Some of Moni’s most successful Canadian students include international superstar Carlos Newton winner of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), International Shooto star, Joel Gerson, UFC fighter, Mark Bocek, National Champion, Omar Salvosa…and many others.

Launching of Commando Krav Maga (CKM) Worldwide

The combination of Moni’s outstanding achievements as a world class coach and former national champion, along with his military background, makes him one of the most distinguished reality-based instructors in the world.

Moni has the uncanny ability to bring out the best in people by helping them go beyond their perceived mental and physical limits.

2004 was a pivotal year for Moni and CKM. That year saw him release his first DVD demonstrating and teaching his own version of Israeli Krav Maga. The video became so popular that it spawned no less than twenty-eight more compilations of his mastery. All twenty-nine DVDs were met with enormous acclaim by the martial arts community, pushing Moni to world-renowned status among reality-based martial artists. Demand for both private and public appearances exploded after the release of the films, and thus Commando Krav Maga (CKM) in its modern form was officially open to the civilian sector around the world.

CKM’s Explosive Popularity

Due to CKM’s explosive popularity and high demand, Moni launched the CKM Instructor Certification Course/Instensive Boot Camp in 2005 on an international level. By combining CKM’s evolved tactics and techniques with the high caliber training methodology utilized by Olympic and Mixed Martial Arts athletes, Moni designed one of the most challenging and rewarding training camps in the world.

Six Commando Krav Maga Programs

Following Commando Krav Maga, Moni introduced his revolutionary conditioning system, Elite Combat Fitness, in 2008. Today that system is known around the world as CKM FIT. By 2009, Moni launched the TOP Instructor program for the law enforcement sector, which is now goes by the name CKM Law Enforcement and Military program. That same year he also created the SmartSafe program for women (aka WCKM), now called CKM WOMAN. Lastly, he rounded out the lot with the WIN! program for children…what we now call CKM KID. In doing so, Moni established the most complete and comprehensive reality-based organization in the world – the Combat Survival Reality Based Institute.

Staying at the Forefront

Originally a system taught to specialized units in the IDF, Moni introduced CKM to the civilian sector when he opened a martial arts school after his military service.

Since the birth of Commando Krav Maga, the system has constantly evolved. Moni Aizik believes in taking a scientific approach to combat and is always looking for ways to improve CKM.

As there is no such thing as a perfect fighting system, CKM always raises questions such as, “How can we make this tactic faster and better?” and “How can we modify these techniques so that even a small woman can effectively survive if attacked by someone twice her size?” With these underlying principles of evolution, Commando Krav Maga is always striving to stay at the forefront of reality-based self defense. CKM focuses on simple but highly effective tactics making it the system of choice for many law enforcement agencies, military units and civilians around the world.

Today and Beyond

Moni created Eight CKM levels and by the summer of 2012, he had certified his first generation Level 8 Instructors at The Ultimate Boot Camp in Israel. That same year he began work on filming for the CKM Online University, which is an interactive portal for students and instructors to gain better knowledge of the Combat Survival reality based systems.

Today, Moni continues the work of developing and improving techniques and tactics for real-world scenarios. He travels the globe exploring and testing what really works in reality based defense against true attacks. Training hands-on with a wide diversity of practitioners and styles enables him to devise the best solutions for his instructors and students numbering in the thousands of followers in over 50 countries. Through his innovative boot camps, dynamic demonstrations at public seminars, and the progressively interactive CKM University Online, he continues to share and spread his concepts, philosophy and principles with civilians, law enforcement, and military around the world.

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