Alex Trafton – Head Instructor
Alex Trafton is one of the most experienced Krav Maga Instructors in the U.S. He learned Krav Maga in Israel, training with the highest level instructors from the civilian and military spheres. He is certified as an expert by two Krav Maga organizations. He worked as a Krav Maga instructor for an Israel based security firm teaching Krav Maga to elite units from the IDF as well as visiting elite units from foreign militaries. Alex founded Krav Maga Tel Aviv, a sought after training destination for Krav Maga practitioners from across the globe. He has taught Krav Maga all over the world, certifying new instructors from countries such as the U.S., Israel, Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., Sweden, Poland, Russia, among others. In addition to years of high level Krav Maga experience, Alex has also fought competitively as both an amateur and professional boxer and has years of experience in Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Combat Submission Wrestling, and edged weapons combatives.
In addition to his role at KMA SD Alex works providing security, and logistics for journalists, NGO’s, and corporate entities working in high threat environments. His responsibilities include on the ground deployments with media teams in hostile environments, intelligence coordination, electronic tracking, and training teams in their pre deployment phase. Alex has also worked in close protection domestically, working for some of the most high profile celebrities in the country.
Alex Grew up in Southern California and attended UC Berkeley on a baseball scholarship. He played professionally for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He was the quarterback for the Tel Aviv Sabres, in the Israel Football League, and led them to an Israel Bowl Championship in the 2009-2010 season. He holds a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from UC Berkeley and is completing his MA in Counter Terrorism from the IDC Herzliya in Israel.
- Combat Submission Wrestling Coach under Erik Paulson
- Law Enforcement Officer
- Gracie Jiu Jitsu Law Enforcement Instructor
- Shooting Instructor and Range Safety Officer
- Krav Maga Expert Certificate holder
Stephen Scanlan – Instructor
Stephen has years of experience teaching Krav Maga in the United States as well as in Mexico and Israel. He completed his instructor training course in Israel under Master Zeev Cohen at the Impact Krav Maga Club in K’far Saba where he was one of only two Americans to have ever taught. He is one of only a handful of instructors in the United States who has taught Krav Maga in Israel.
Stephen has also trained extensively under Ran Nakash, former head Krav Maga instructor of the Israeli Defense Forces and Senior Instructor of Nakash Krav Maga and Krav Maga International (KMI). In addition to Krav Maga, Stephen has trained extensively in western boxing, Muay Thai, and Systema and competes in kick boxing.
Stephen grew up in Los Angeles, California. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and holds undergraduate degrees in English literature and philosophy, and graduate degrees in education and institutional management. He teaches English literature and critical thinking at the high school, college, and graduate school levels.
Matt Klier – Combat Shooting Instructor
Matt is a 12.5 year Navy Veteran serving several combat tours in direct support to SEAL Teams as a combat engineer. He is a law enforcement officer working on a fugitive apprehension team under the US Marshals. He is a certified instructor in ground mobility, small boat-VBSS, and small arms marksmanship. He is a highly ranked competition shooter and is the owner and head instructor of Active Shooter Defense School which specializes in combat shooting instruction for civilians, military, and law enforcement.
Steve Gable – Head Jiu Jitsu Instructor
Professor Steve Gable, is a 2nd degree Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu black belt, 2014 World and National Masters Nogi Black belt champion. Steve is also a former professional mixed martial artist with an 8-2 record, who began training Jiu-Jitsu over 17 years ago under 6th degree Gracie Barra black belt Nelson Monterio. Steve is now passionate about coaching aspiring martial artists here in San Diego and around the world.
Guy Poran – Tactical Advisor
Guy is a former IDF platoon commander for a special forces detachment of the Paratrooper Brigade. He is qualified as a sniper and a Krav Maga instructor. He is the former head of the Dignitary Protection Section for the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency). Before that he worked as an undercover Air Marshal for the Israeli government. He is the owner of GP Security and currently works training security forces around the globe. He joins Krav Maga San Diego as one of our tactical instructors teaching shooting, Krav Maga, and VIP Protection.