Owner & Head Instructor

Hey.  My name is LD.  It’s a childhood nickname that has followed me my whole life.

Welcome to the OA Krav Maga website and congratulations on your interest in Krav Maga.  Enrolling in a Krav Maga program is one of the best decisions you will ever make and that enrollment begins with interest.  I have been involved in martial arts, self-defense, personal protection, hand-to-hand combat, and survival for over 30 years.  My first martial arts class came in the late 80’s – Taekwondo.  I thought I was learning to become a Ninja because my Sensei played one of the Ninja Turtles in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.  I never quite became a ninja, but did win the U.S. Open Martial Arts Championship in 1988 at the age of 10.  That started a lifelong pursuit of martial arts training.

Now, I am an expert in Krav Maga and Self-Defense with a direct lineage to the creators and pioneers of the art.  I hold a Certified 2nd Degree Black Belt in authentic Israeli Krav Maga as well as a Black Belt in western Dutch Kickboxing.  I am also a certified Instructor in Krav Maga and KAPAP by the Federation of Israeli Martial Arts.  At the end of 2021, I was honored by being inducted into the Israeli Martial Arts Hall of Fame and OA Krav Maga was awarded “The Best Krav Maga School in Alabama” by the Federation of Israeli Martial Arts.  I have also been appointed as the Director of Krav Maga for the Entire State of Alabama.

About 15 years ago, I realized I was scared to live life.  I saw the news and the way our world was changing. I also knew that If I was ever attacked, I wouldn’t be able to defend myself without pulling a trigger.  I never left my home without a gun, sometimes several, constantly looked over my shoulder, and wasn’t comfortable in public.  Krav Maga changed all of that and its study is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.  I began teaching Krav Maga because I wanted to share with others everything that Krav has given me.  I opened OA Krav Maga because I wanted to bring all of that back home to Alabama.

One of the best things about what I do is getting to witness and be a part of the transformation and impact Krav will make in your life.  Helping you reach a goal, realize that you are no longer a potential victim, or gain the confidence to protect yourself and your family is a feeling like no other and is the reason I teach professionally.

I hope that you will contact us so that we can get to know you and learn about your goals.  If Krav Maga is a good fit for you, I guarantee it will be fun, you will learn skills that one day will save your life or that of someone you love, and it will be a decision you will not regret.

~ LD

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