Gus Bottazzi is the Chief Instructor and owner of Israeli Krav Maga-CT
Over the past 20 years, Gus has trained across various martial art and combative sport disciplines, such as Goju Ryu, Judo and American boxing. In 2001 Gus attained his 3rd degree black belt in Japanese Kempo. Not long thereafter, Gus discovered Krav Maga. In 2004 he began an intensive training, learning from senior black belt instructors from the US and Israel. In 2010 Gus was honored to receive his Istructor certification in Israeli Krav Maga-Gidon System, directly from Grandmaster Haim Gidon. Grandmaster Gidon is Imi Lichtenfeld's hand-picked successor to further evolve the system he created decades ago. In 2013, Gus was also awarded his Instructor's certification for Israeli Special Forces Krav Maga from Nir Maman. Nir served in one of the elite units in the Israeli Special Forces, where he was responsible for developing and delivering specialized counter-Terror, Hostage Rescue and Krav Maga training to special forces units from various countries around the world.
Gus regularly attends seminars and cross trains with many leading Krav Maga authorities and MMA conditioning instructors each year. The philosophy at Israeli Krav Maga-CT is to introduce best practices and techniques to our classes to ensure our students are at the leading edge of both self defense and conditioning training.
Stacy Welch began her study of Krav Maga in the summer of 2009 and became a certified instructor through the Israeli Krav Maga Association in 2012. In addition to being a Krav Maga instructor, she is also a certified MMA Fitness Trainer through Coach Kevin Kearns. Stacy teaches Krav for Kids, Level 1 Krav Maga, and MMA Bootcamp classes throughout the week.
Chris Petitti brings more than 13 years of experience in the field of executive protection and advanced security operations to IsraeliKrav Maga CT. Chris is certified toinstruct Krav Maga directly through Israel as he completed his certification in 2012. Chris has provided security coverage for many well-known celebrities, as well as corporate executives and former government officials. Chris currently teaches at both the Cannon Ridge Training Center in Newtown, CT as well as at Israeli Krav Maga-CT
Dan Kang has studied Krav Maga with Tom Bacha and Gus Bottazzi since early 2009. He has been a Krav Maga instructor since Summer 2011, and is certified under Phase B of Krav Maga Worldwide. Dan will be attending an instructor course for the Israeli Krav Maga Association in 2013; in addition, Dan is certified as an Israeli Special Forces Krav Maga instructor under Nir Maman. Dan currently teaches at Krav New York and Columbia University in NYC, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach at Israeli Krav Maga-CT.