FFC Old Town and Krav Academy are proud to welcome new Krav Master George Buruian and instructor Lou Velez!
George is considered one of the original Krav Maga instructors of Illinois, bringing the practice to the area in 2002. He started his career in traditional martial arts, began boxing at age 6 and practiced Taekwondo in Romania as a child. Before becoming the coach of the Romanian Olympic Taekwondo Team from 1997-2000, he was an MMA fighter in Eastern Europe from 1994-1997. He served on an elite Romanian military unit for three years before gaining his 1st degree black belt in Krav Maga in Israel. George is now an expert level 9 Krav Maga trainer, the highest rank in Illinois, holds a 3rd degree black belt in Krav Maga and 5th degree black belt in Taekwondo, and was inducted into the Krav Maga Masters Hall of Fame in 2014.
Lou is certified as a Phase C Instructor and in the Krav Maga Force Training Division, and is a level 5 Krav Maga student, law enforcement officer, SWAT Operator, and MACTAC/Rapid Deployment and pistol and rifle instructor.