Alex Trafton – Head Instructor
Head instructor Alex Trafton has one of the most extensive martial arts backgrounds of any instructor in the self-defense field. He is one of the most experienced Krav Maga instructors in the United States one of the very few trained and certified in Israel.
Alex Trafton is a Krav Maga expert/black belt, certified by 2 Krav Maga organizations. He learned Krav Maga in Israel where he trained with master instructors such as Eyal Yanilov, Avi Moyal, Zeev Cohen, Ran Nakash (former head of Krav Maga for the IDF), Danny Netzer (current head of Krav Maga in the IDF). Alex worked in a security consulting firm in Israel as a Krav Maga instructor. In this role he delivered Krav Maga instruction to Israeli special forces units alongside American and British Special Forces units during small unit exchanges in Israel. He founded Krav Maga Tel Aviv, which remains a sought-after training destination. Alex trained and carried out his professional role while studying for his MA degree in Counter Terrorism at the IDC, Herzliya. He has started and/or run major Krav Maga gyms on three continents and has taught numerous seminars and instructor courses certifying instructors from over a dozen countries.
-Alex receiving his black belt/expert degree in Krav Maga under Master Zeev Cohen in Tel Aviv, Israel.
-Alex during a martial arts demonstration in Tel Aviv with former head of IDF Krav Maga Ran Nakash and current head of IDF Krav Maga Danny Netzer.
Alex fought in both Israel and Australia training first under Ran Nakash, #10 WBO ranked Cruiserweight contender, and later under Michael Katsidis, 2x WBO world champion. He fought at both heavyweight and cruiserweight against opponents from around the world. In addition to his competitive fights he was a sought after sparring partner for both Cruiserweight and Heavyweight contenders. Additionally, Alex Trained many boxers who have fought all over the world at various amateur competitions.
-Alex during a professional boxing match in Ramat Gan, Israel
-Alex after training with 2x WBO world champion Michael Katsidis.
-Alex at his last day of training at Nakash Boxing Gym in Tel Aviv, Israel
Alex trained Muay Thai in Israel under several Israeli Champions including Ran Nakash and Danny Netzer. In Australia he trained at 8 Limbs Muay Thai under Australian Muay Thai Champion Alex Vidoni. Alex trained in Thailand at the famous Sitsongpeenong Muay Thai gym in Phuket, Thailand. He trained under several Lumpinee, Thai, and world champion Muay Thai Fighters.
-Alex training with World Muay Thai Champion Yodvisanu Nu in Phuket, Thailand.
Alex is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu no-gi purple belt under IBJJF Masters Black Belt World Champion Steve Gable. He is a Combat Submission Wrestling coach under MMA and Grappling legend Erik Paulson (where he received his blue belt under Erik Paulson and Rigan Machado in traditional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu). He is a Gracie Jiu Jitsu Law Enforcement Instructor, certified by Royler Gracie. Alex is a yellow belt in Judo under USA Judo head coach Justin Flores, together they have been working on the development of a no-gi fusion of Judo and Wrestling.
-Alex with 2x Shooto World Champion and grappling legend Erik Paulson, and KMA SD Head Jiu Jitsu Coach, Steve Gable
-Alex with Royler Gracie after receiving his Gracie Jiu Jitsu Law Enforcement instructor certification.
-Alex training with USA Judo head coach and Div 1 Wrestling All American Justin Flores.
-Alex after training with #4 ranked UFC Heavyweight Curtis “Razor” Blaydes.
-Alex cornering pro MMA fighter Oscar Kush at Victory Fighting Championship in Chicago.
Alex is an NRA certified Range Safety Officer, a combat shooting instructor, and Libre Fighting instructor (edged weapons combatives). He is a TCCC Combat Life Saver with a certificate in advanced field care. He is a former law enforcement officer where he worked on a high-risk fugitive apprehension task force. He worked for several years as a bodyguard for “A” list celebrities. He currently works in close protection specializing in hostile environments. In this capacity he has worked with journalists, NGO’s, and corporate clients in some of the most dangerous conflict zones on earth. Alex has published several articles in the Israeli press on terrorism, religion, politics, and armed conflict. He has a production credit on the 2017 documentary “Erdogan: Dictator’s Republic”.
-Alex with Matt Klier on the shooting range after a SWAT training course.
-Alex on deployment with clients embedded with FARC rebels in rural Colombia.
-Alex on the shooting range with Shin Bet operatives in Israel
-Alex on deployment with clients in Turkey
Alex grew up in Southern California and was a High School varsity letterman in Football, Soccer, and Baseball, winning one state title in Soccer. He Attended UC Berkeley on a baseball scholarship where he was named to the All Pac 10 All Academic Team. He graduated with a BA in Middle Eastern Studies. Alex speaks Arabic, Hebrew, and Turkish. He was an Alaska Baseball League All Star in 2005 and was named to the All Decade Team for the Mat Su Miners (2000-2010). After college he signed with the Tampa Bay Rays and was a pitcher in their minor league system. In addition to Krav Maga in Israel, Alex was the quarterback for the Tel Aviv Sabres of the Israel Football League, and led them to an Israel Bowl championship in 2010.
You can find Alex’s personal training and consulting website, Conflict Critical Thinking HERE
Anna Kasmir – Krav Maga Assistant Instructor
Anna is an experienced martial artist with 8 years boxing experience. She is certified as a Krav Maga Assistant Instructor, is a Jiu Jitsu blue belt, and is enrolled in Erik Paulson’s Coach Development Program for Combat Submission Wrestling. She is a true martial artist cross training in many disciplines, including STX Kickboxing, and Libre Fighting. She has had lots of success competing on the local grappling circuit and plans to continue her competitive career. If you attend any Combat Submission Wrestling, BJJ, Boxing, Kickboxing, Krav Maga, or Combat Fitness classes you will see Anna both assisting and teaching classes. Anna grew up in San Diego and is currently completing her Psychology degree at SDSU. She plans to attend graduate school locally where she can continue to train and develop as a martial artist, fighter, and instructor at KMA SD.
-Anna taking home a gold medal at NAGA San Diego.
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.