The FEKM (Fédération Européenne Krav Maga)
The FEKM was created by Richard DOUIEB in 1997. Richard is the official representative of Imi Lichtenfeld in Europe, and the European Federation of Krav-Maga now includes more than 20000 members in 14 countries, which makes the FEKM number one in the world in terms of membership!
When the FEKM-UK was created in 2015, Richard DOUIEB appointed Eric TAGLIANA as President and Yann VEILLERANT as Technical Director of the UK Sector, who were tasked with visiting regularly to run special courses, take advanced gradings and generally ensure that our level of teaching is consistent with the levels expected of the FEKM.
Richard DOUIEB has taught Krav Maga in France and Europe since 1987 and was officially delegated by Imi Lichtenfeld, the founder. Born in Jerusalem in 1956, he lived in France until the age of 16 and then returned to Israel where he began to learn the martial arts.
At 17, while in the military, he started training in Krav Maga under the top military instructor Imi Lichtenfeld. At the age of 23, Richard returned to France and began training in other various disciplines such as Atemi-ju-jitsu, Thai Boxing, and American Boxing, where he won a championship in France in 1983.
Finally Richard decided to devote himself to Krav Maga after getting his instructor qualification in Israel. He opened the first school of Krav-Maga in 1987.
In 1990 he received his 4th darga and gave his first training course in Switzerland. Three years later, Richard became the sole instructor in close combat for the prestigious French GIGN (this is a post that he no longer holds), following that by achieving his 5th darga in 1995. The quality and thoroughness of his work earned him recognition and respect in the martial arts world. Richard is the author of several DVD movies and reference books on Krav Maga and is universally liked and respected by his students for his immense martial qualities, educational and human resources.
Richard stepped down from the Presidency of the FEKM in 2018, succeeded by Steve Schmitt, but continues to train and teach Krav Maga wherever he is invited.