My name is Gal Dahan, I am 25 years old and I am an international student-
athlete from Israel who studies at Cardinal Stritch University. I major in Psychology and minor in
Corporate Communication, and am also part of the Cardinal Stritch University Women’s
I was drafted into the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) as a Combat Fitness Instructor and served for
a few years. As part of my training and certification, I did basic training and then took the “IDF
Combat Fitness Instructor Course”. During my service as a fitness instructor, we were trained
and certified to understand the mechanism of the mental and physical challenges of the
As part of my service, I trained more than 300 soldiers in different approaches and places such
as fields and gyms. One important thing every soldier learns in the IDF is the self-defense and
fighting system - KRAV MAGA. Combat Fitness Instructors take a deeper course in KRAV MAGA
in order to train and teach the soldiers how to use it effectively.
KRAV MAGA is an Israeli fighting method developed by the IDF. It's derived from a combination
of techniques sourced from Aikido, Boxing, Wrestling, Judo, and Karate. The method relies on
one's natural instincts, and develops aggression and improves the awareness of our
surroundings. KRAV MAGA gives us a better, stronger, and safer way to defend ourselves
(primarily with our body) against many types of threats. KRAV MAGA is based on basic and natural
movements, which makes it easy to implement the techniques in every person’s system which eventually
leads to a better and quicker reaction against threats. It is not only important to learn KRAV
MAGA, it is also fun and a great calorie burner as we do boxing and other fun stuff!
For more information on Krav Maga and our schedule, email Sara at the address below!