Derrek Hofrichter, Martial Arts Instructor

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Derrek Hofrichter

  • Krav Maga 3rd Degree Black Belt
  • Senior Krav Maga Instructor, Wingate Institute in Israel
  • Krav Maga Alliance Executive Board and Training Team Member
  • Certified Krav Maga Instructor Since 2005

Derrek Hofrichter founded EVKM Self Defense & Fitness in 2011, and has since positioned the studio as one of the top Krav Maga training centers in the country.  His award-winning training center includes being named the 2014 Krav Maga Alliance School of the Year and the 2017 Best Gym/Workout Studio in Phoenix. In addition, in 2018 Derrek was named as one of the top 30 Health and Fitness Leaders in Arizona under the age of 40 by The Arizona Republic and

Since beginning his Krav Maga training in 2002 in Washington D.C., Hofrichter has completed multiple advanced instructor certifications and holds the rank of 3rd Degree Black Belt under Krav Maga Alliance founder and 6th Degree Black Belt John Whitman. He is also the only instructor in Arizona to have traveled to Israel and received a diploma from the Wingate Institute, Israel's official governing body for Instructors and training in Krav Maga. Derrek has trained multiple times in Israel and is one of only a few Americans to have earned the Senior Krav Maga Instructor Diploma from the Wingate Insitute.

Hofrichter is frequently requested as a speaker and trainer and has traveled the world to teach Krav Maga, including seminars and training sessions all across the USA and overseas in Japan, Israel, Australia, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Belgium, and the U.K. He frequently speaks to groups, corporations and non-profits about the power of attitude by combining self-defense, Krav Maga, and motivational philosophy. Locally, he has been interviewed over 40 times in TV and print news publications as a self defense expert.

Derrek is very involved with the Krav Maga Alliance, teaching seminars and instructor certifications, leading advanced training, and serving on the Executive Board as the Director of Operations. 


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