Owner – Chief Instructor
The owner and chief instructor of Hudson Valley Krav Maga is Shihan Chris Dammann. Chris has 40 years experience in the martial arts. He has achieved advanced black belt degrees in 6 different forms of Martial Arts, including Krav Maga. He has been training in Krav Maga since 2006 and earned his full instructor’s license in 2009.
Prior to this he was the owner and chief instructor of the Kentai-Ryu Martial Arts Academy in Long Island, NY. In addition to this, he was also high school wrestler (Long Island-section 11) and college level (NJCAA) wrestler and has been coaching ever since. He has fought in amateur full contact MMA competitions and was a member of the U.S.A National Karate Team in 2007. He is the only 7 time N.Y. State Karate Champion and was the U.S.A. National Champion in 2002 and again in 2010. He was named Best Fighter/Competitor of the year by Action Martial Arts Magazine in 2005 and was inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame at Madison Square Garden in 2004.
Chris was a member of the N.Y.P.D. Auxiliary Police Force (1996-2002) and was one of their defensive tactics instructors.