“Krav-Maga pronounced [Krahv Muh-GAH] is Hebrew for “contact combat”, and is the official self-defense system of Israel. Forged from the experiences of the elite units of the Israeli Defense Forces and adapted for civilian use, Krav Maga has continued to evolve for more than 50 years. As a completely modern and practical system of self-defense, Krav Maga is a martial art system that has been continually refined and developed as a result of actual modern combat and real world self-defense experiences. As a result, Krav Maga is a self-defense system that is perfect for use in the street – a place where there are no rules. It is a complete system that anyone can utilize – regardless of size, strength, or fitness.
Unlike many other, more traditional martial arts, Krav Maga encourages the practitioner to adapt techniques for each individual and their special abilities. Krav Maga is currently practiced by civilians, law enforcement, and military personnel around the globe and it is one of the fastest growing defense styles in the world.Krav Maga teaches self-defense techniques while developing awareness and the personal confidence that comes from knowing you can defend yourself and your loved ones in an often unpredictable and violent world.Everyone has the right to defend themselves. Everyone has the right to protect his or her loved ones. Learn how, in a way that will change your entire life. Learn Krav Maga.”
– Tony Racciatti – Krav Maga Instructor
Tony Racciatti is the Krav Maga Head Instructor at the Krav Maga NJ in Ramsey, NJ. He began Krav Maga training in 1995, and then continued training in Israel. Tony completed the instructor’s certification course in the year 2000, under the tutelage of Haim Zut.
Mr. Racciatti has a previous background in Shotokan Karate and street fighting under famed Japanese instructor, Kazumi Tabata, and Sensei Joseph Lepore. Tony has studied Kubotan with the Defense Tactics Institute, under John Peters.
Tony has been featured in the popular firstathlete.com website, as well as appeared on FOX News. He has taught members of Homeland Security and federal law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, ICE, and DEA. He has worked as private security for the HBO television series, The Sopranos. In addition, he has given several seminars including self-defense for airline personnel and nightclub security teams.
Currently, Tony is involved in the “Active Defender” series which instructs in Krav Maga, teaching actors and actresses fight choreography for film and television. Mr. Racciatti joined Krav Maga Global in 2012, headed by Eyal Yanilov. Mr. Yanilov has personally visited KMNJ and tested Mr. Racciatti.
He enjoys teaching people from all walks of life and begun holding teen classes. Tony Racciatti is also a professional musician and a graduate of Berklee College of Music.