About Urban Tactics Krav Maga

Turning Lambs into Lions Since 2013

Urban Tactics Krav Maga (UTKM) is Metro Vancouver’s (Canada) premier Krav Maga Self Defense School.

We were founded under the belief that we can turn lambs into lions. The ability to defend one’s self should be considered a fundamental skill and no matter what your background, skill or physical state we will give you the tools to learn to defend yourself. We set out to build a community-oriented school with a focus on developing students both physically and mentally and developing well-qualified instructors that truly understand what it means to teach real Krav Maga self-defense.

We have subsequently become Metro Vancouver’s most popular destination for Krav Maga self-defense. We hope that you too can become part of the UTKM family and hope to see you soon.

Our curriculum and ranking is our own but was created with the goal of creating a simple, easy to learn and structured path to learning to walk in peace. Many organizations curriculum is over bloated or complicated and after training with multiple organizations we took the best of what works for the maximum number of people. We do however keep an open mind and encourage our students to train in as many styles their time and finances allow.

So come and learn to walk in peace with us either by coming to class or contacting us for private training.

Turning lambs into lions since 2013.

What makes us unique?


Two things: our beliefs and our students. We believe that hard, intense and realistic training is what a Krav Maga school should be about. We only want people who take their personal safety seriously to join the Urban Tactics family and not everyone is serious about his or her own safety. Although the class is physically demanding, we do not teach a typical fitness class but a highly organized Krav Maga class, and we believe that the more you sweat in training the less you will bleed on the street. However, it is the students who make our school truly unique and successful. As the famous line in the movie Field of Dreams stated, “ If you build it, he (they) will come”, people from all walks of life such as carpenters, computer engineers, and filmmakers to police and army soldiers, gather at our school and participate in Krav Maga. These people have different life experiences, ages and fitness levels but they all share one common belief: “My first line of defense is myself.” Having heard top Israeli Krav Maga instructors comment that the Canadian public are not capable of undergoing hard and tough Krav Maga training, our students have proven those comments false and erased the doubts in our minds. We understand that even in peaceful Canada, dangers and crimes still exist and many people are willing to sweat and train hard to defend their love ones and themselves. Because of that, we take our instructing and training very seriously as we feel an obligation to our students to help them achieve their goals. Each instructor at Urban Tactics has a background in numerous martial arts, has had military training and, in addition, has also experienced situations ranging from facing school bullies to dealing with riots. We know what kind of training works.

The story of our logo



The story of Fire Fox –

The Insignia of Urban Tactics is a combination of the Co-Founders of UTKM Jonathan Fader and Borhan Jiang military units’ insignias. Jon served in the Israel Defense Forces’ Givati Infantry Brigade 424th Infantry Battalion as a light machine gunner and later as a sniper. Jon’s Regiment Symbol is the fox along with the colour purple as its main colour. Borhan’s Canadian Army reserve unit was the 15th Field Royal Canadian Artillery unit, he also served with the15th Field RCA as a gunner, mortarman and Artillery Ballistic Specialist, and the universal Artillery sign is a flaming grenade.


The two symbols combined represent two essences of Krav Maga; tactics and spirit. The fox represents the tactics and the fire represents the unstoppable spirit of a Krav Maga fighter. In addition, the reference of a fire fox also came from bible Judges 15:4-5 about Judge Samson’s tactic against the Philistines. The fox also represents cunning and strategy which are key components in any succesful self defense strategy.

Fox Fire

Torched their just ripened fields, tails aflame

Foxes wild, grain consumed, Phils to blame.

Samson ranted and raved.

Phils got frightened, then caved.

Jealous Samson’s revenge. Deadly game.

Judges 15:4-5



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