Learn from Top Auckland Krav Maga & Self Defence Instructors with extensive Martial Arts and Combat Sports backgrounds. Our highly skilled Auckland Krav Maga Instructors have been trained by Israeli Counter Terrorist and Police experts, and International Close Quarter Combat specialists, instead of receiving a franchise based, hand me down certification so common nowadays with global Krav Maga organisations. Krav Maga Instructors at Krav Fighter are committed to continuous training and skill development, including cross-training in other hand to hand combat systems, which ensures that our Krav Maga remains the most effective Self Defence system around.

Ljubisa Pavic - Luby
Master Krav Maga Instructor, Integrated Combat Systems (ICS) Instructor, Training Director

Self Defence Instructor - Luby From very young age, Ljubisa Pavic (Luby) was finding himself in the situations where he'd be leading a resistance to bullying and injustice, protecting weak against the violence, and this is one of things that drives him even today.

Luby started training martial arts in Budokai in Zagreb, Croatia at the age of 14 at the Budokai Centre under the founder of Budokai, Dr. Emin Topic. Budokai unites wrestling, boxing and traditional weapons handling into a modern discipline. During his years at Budokai Centre, Luby competed in a few competitions (Budokai & Full Contact kick boxing) and was showing a promising career, however a civil war in former Yugoslavia placed his martial arts training on hold until he moved to New Zealand.

Over the years he tried a few disciplines but ended up not pursing them due to deficiencies in traditional martial arts when used in self defence against real world violence, but then he discovered KRAV MAGA.

After years of training intensively in Krav Maga both in New Zealand and in Israel, he was certified as a Master Instructor in Krav Maga in 2019 in Jerusalem, Israel by Dr. ITAY GIL, founder and CEO of Protect Israeli Security Solutions. Luby runs KRAV FIGHTER with the aim of improving the self defence skills of everyday people, thus making New Zealand a safer place.

Master Instructor in KRAV MAGA, Protect Israeli Security Solutions
Protect Civilian KRAV MAGA Certified Instructor
Master ICS (Integrated Combat Systems) Instructor, Level 10 Black Belt
Combat Krav Maga Level 7
LANS Tactical Pistol Course 1, 2 and 3
Intermediate First Aid (workplace). Covers unit standards 6400, 6401, 6402

Knife Workshops - 1, 2 and 3
Baton Defence Workshop
CQC (Close Quarters Combat)
Multiple attackers (with and without weapons)
Ground Combat Workshop
Public Safety Krav Maga Defensive Tactics training seminars, Dr. ITAY GIL, Protect Israeli Security Solutions (2016 & 2018)
SYSTEMA training workshops with Alex Kostic (2016) and seminars with Adam & Brendon Zettler (2016), and Kwan Lee (2017)
VIP Protection on an Aircraft course, Dr. ITAY GIL, Protect Israeli Security Solutions (September 2018)
Integrated Combat Systems training seminar with Peter Sciarra (2020)

Luby has a particular interest in movement and possibilities of continuous development of mobility as people age.
Joel Tham
Krav Maga & Integrated Combat Systems (ICS) Instructor

Self Defence Instructor - Joel Joel Tham has been doing martial arts since his childhood. In his college years Joel headed the Avondale College Tae Kwon Do team and medalled at the NZ Nationals. One of his martial art highlights was flying to Australia for the trans-Tasman fight and winning gold in his division.

In the need for a more effective system of self-defence Joel took up Krav Maga in 2009 and has not looked back ever since. After years of rigorous training and tutelage he received his instructor certification comes from Lior Offenbach (Combat Krav Maga International).

In order to ensure that he and his students are always experiencing the best training possible Joel learns from some of the best in the industry, including:
Dr. Itay Gil, Protect Israeli Security Solutions, Israel
Lior Offenbach, Combat Krav Maga International, Israel
Peter Sciarra, CQC Integrated Combat Systems, Australia
W. Hock Hochheim, Force Necessary, USA

Combat Krav Maga International Certified Instructor
Master ICS (Integrated Combat Systems) Instructor, Level 10 Black Belt
Combat Krav Maga Level 10
Force Necessary: Hand, Knife and Stick Level 4
LANS Tactical Pistol Course 1, 2 and 3
First Aid Level 1

2x Bronze, 1x Silver at NZ Tae Kwon Do Nationals
Gold Medal at the trans-Tasman Tae Kwon Do
2011 & 2016 Civilian Self Defence Workshops with Dr. ITAY GIL, Protect Israeli Security Solutions
2018 VIP Protection on an Aircraft course with Dr. ITAY GIL, Protect Israeli Security Solutions
2020 Integrated Combat Systems seminar with Peter Sciarra