SIG Academy® Israel is under the leadership and direction of Itay Gil, who brings with him a lifelong career in security. Mr. Gil served in Israel’s Special Forces Paratroops Brigade. After completing his compulsory service, he was chosen to join Israel’s elite counter-terror and hostage rescue commando unit, “Yamam”, where he became a career combatant.
In the Yamam, Mr. Gil participated in as many as three missions each day over the course of ten years. Mr. Gil has adapted his 33-years of hand to hand and Krav Maga actual combat study to meet the needs of the real-life situations he faced in his fourteen years of active duty combat experience. Consequently, Mr. Gil became the chief close-quarter combat instructor for the unit. From 1992-1997 Mr. Gil was the executive director of all training programs for the Israel Border Police as well as the undercover police intelligence unit. During this period, he directed training programs for 5000 policemen and security personnel each year.
Mr. Gil continues to serve in the IDF reserves where he is the senior combat instructor and strategic mission planner for an elite undercover counter-terrorism team.