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Dana Ben Kaplan, Lead Instructor

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Dana has been involved with Krav Maga San Diego continuously for over 30 years, training in San Diego, Los Angeles, other locations in the USA / Canada; teaching and training over the course of many years throughout Europe; and on numerous training trips to Israel, where he always dedicated time to visit with Imi Lichtenfeld, the founder of Krav Maga.

Dana has served as a Volunteer Firefighter; Wildland Firefighter; and municipal Firefighter his entire working career, in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and (mostly) San Diego Counties. He currently serves on a team of American Firefighters from across the USA who volunteer for deployment as Firefighters with the Israel Fire Authority, and deployed to Israel twice in 2019, and again in 2022 for training. 

He is also an Official with USA Boxing, serving since 1999; (Level 1 Coach; Level 2 Referee / Judge).

Rank: Krav Maga Black Belt (since 1997) / Expert 2

Dana is an active US Department of Defense Certified Contractor with many years of experience providing discrete Military Krav Maga, and Krav Maga Law Enforcement training, at US facilities and installations in numerous regions around the US (see SpecOpsDiv page).

Hobbies include fishing, and combative firearms shooting.

Certifications:

Krav Maga Self-Defense Instructor
Military Krav Maga Instructor
Krav Maga Law Enforcement Instructor
Kids Krav Maga Instructor

Terrorism and Homeland Security Specialist, Cal EMA
CPR, adult; AED
Heads Up Concussion Training, CDC
Official, USA Boxing
Coach, USA Boxing

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