The FEKM (Fédération Européenne Krav Maga)
The FEKM Chief Instructor is Richard Douieb, and he created the organisation in 1997. Richard is the official representative of Imi Lichtenfeld in Europe, and the European Federation of Krav-Maga now includes more than 22000 members in 13 countries: France, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Finland, Portugal, Finland, Luxembourg, Germany, Italy, Spain, Canada and the United-Kingdom, which makes the FEKM number one in the world in terms of membership!
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, Richard Douieb lived in France until the age of 16. He 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 dan 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). He won the 5th Dan in 1995 and in 2000 received the 6th Dan from the College of the black belts of the European Federation. May 25, 2007, a jury of FFKAMA, including Dominique VALERA reconfirmed the 6th Dan. 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. He currently teaches in Paris and gives numerous workshops and seminars throughout Europe. Richard is universally liked and respected by his students for his immense martial qualities, educational and human resources.