Ryan Spink (Head Instructor)

Ryan Spink is one of the world’s foremost leading experts and authors on self defense, with over 30 years experience in the martial arts. He received his primary Krav Maga training and instructor certification in Israel from the International Krav Maga Association (IKMA) which was established by the founder of Krav Maga, Imi Lichtenfeld, in 1978 and is the only Krav Maga organization officially recognized by the Israeli government. Since leaving Israel, Ryan continues to cross train with other Krav Maga organizations and has received multiple certifications includeing the rank of 2nd Black Belt from Krav Maga Force (KMF). In 2014 the Martial Arts Hall of Fame honored him with the “Krav Maga Instructor of the Year” award. In addition to being a Certified Krav Maga Black Belt Instructor he also holds the following ranks in other martial arts.


  • 8th Degree Black Belt (Rank of Master) in Kung Fu San Soo
  • Black Belt & Certified Instructor in the Filipino Martial Arts (Eskrima/Kali)
  • Black Belt in Shotokan Karate
  • Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do
  • Black Belt in Aikido
  • Black Belt in Kenpo Karate
  • Certified Muay Thai Instructor (Kru) by the Muay Thai International Association
  • Certified American Kickboxing Instructor with a amateur fight record of   7-0 with 2 wins by TKO
  • Member of the Martial Arts Hall of Fame and recipient of the “Krav Maga Instructor of the Year” Award for 2014
  • Member of the Masters Hall of Fame and recipient of the “Platinum Lifetime Achievement” Award (2014)
  • Graduate of the International Bodyguard Association training courses specializing in Executive Protection & Tactical High Risk Area Security
  • Certified Personal Fitness Trainer & Performance Nutrition Specialist
  • Official MMA Fight Commentator for the California Fight League and co-host of the internet show “CFL Inside the Cage”
  • Director of the Integrated Combat Systems University


As a martial arts enthusiast, Ryan has also cross trained in Judo, Boxing, Wing Chun, Hsing-I, Tai Chi Chuan, MMA and Jeet Kune Do. Today, he continues his training in martial arts focusing primarily on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and grappling. When his schedule permits, he enjoys participating and receiving instruction in tactical firearms training. Fellow instructors, students, and close friends describe Ryan as an expert martial artist who has a passion for learning that goes well beyond just acquiring new technique, by endeavoring to understand the science behind the movements, as well as, knowing the history, culture, and philosophy of the martial arts.


Unlike other self defense instructors with only a theoretical understanding of violence; Ryan is one of those rare instructors with real world experience and understanding about the nature of violence. Over the years Ryan has put his knowledge and skills to the test as a competitor, bouncer, and bodyguard. These life experiences have provided him with a number of opportunities to gain firsthand knowledge and actual experience dealing with the realities of violence and the dynamics of combat. Based on his personal experience, he understands what it takes to defend yourself, and your loved ones, from a situation involving multiple attackers, a knife attack, or an assault with a firearm. When speaking of his past encounters Ryan likes to joke saying, “Unlike others who need to imagine what its like; I have been there, done that, and got the crap stained pants to prove it.” Based on his experiences he has developed a practical, no-nonsense approach to teaching self defense that emphasizes simplicity, intelligence, and being proactive. For these reasons, he was asked to serve as a Regional Director for Combat Survival where he traveled the country overseeing the training and certification of instructors, and also served as the Area Director of North America (Pacific USA) for the International Bodyguard Association. Currently, Ryan is the Director of the Integrated Combat Systems University (ICSU) where he oversees curriculum development, course instruction, and instructor certification.


Over the last 30 years Ryan Spink, has taught people from all walks of life how to defend themselves, including law-enforcement, military personal, security specialists, children, housewives, and business professionals. He has developed and instructed specialized courses in women’s self defense, home security, nightclub security, children self defense, and V.I.P. protection. Described by students as a passionate instructor, Ryan brings to each class he teaches his unique method of instruction which is a blend of experience, knowledge, and humor. “I focus on impressing students by showing them what they can do and achieve; not by what I can do.” Ryan says, “My goal is to provide students with an exceptional training experience where they learn to challenge themselves, develop new skills, and redefine their limitations.” Those who attend his classes and seminars can immediately sense his deep desire and total dedication to helping each student achieve their goals and realize their full potential as martial artists. 

Picture taken in Israel, 2010, at the IKMA Headquarters. Ryan Spink seen here recieving his instructor certification from Grand Master Haim Gidon and Yigal Arbiv.



Group picture of the 2010 IKMA Instructor course in Israel. 



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