Master Steve Sohn, Owner & CEO
Born in The Bronx, New York in 1949, Mr. Sohn has been studying Martial Arts since 1975 and holds Black Belts in various systems. Steve Sohn’s Krav Maga, which opened in 1990, is considered to be one of the most successful and unique Martial Arts Training Centers in the country. One look at the variety of training and education Mr. Sohn has and you can see why.
He is one of the elite Instructors in the nation to be a Certified Krav Maga Law Enforcement Instructor. A retired New York City Instrumental Music Instructor, School District Coordinator and Elementary School Principal, and holds several degrees – an A.A.S. degree in Music, a B.S. in Music, M.S. in Administration and Supervision and a M.S. in Media and Television Technology.
Mr. Sohn has been a guest lecturer and motivational speaker at various Martial Arts Business Conventions both nationally and internationally.
In 2007 Mr. Sohn solidified The Krav Maga Training Center’s status and legacy in the Krav Maga community when it became one of six schools in the entire world to be designated a Regional Training Center.
In 2009 Steve Sohn became one of the few people, and the oldest, in the country to earn his Black Belt in Krav Maga. At the time that he received his Black Belt there were less than 100 people in the country to have the distinguished honor of earning the rank of Black Belt. He was tested by Krav Maga Chief Instructor Darren Levine and Kokushi Matsumoto, the Krav Maga Worldwide Head Instructor in Japan.
In 2013 Steve Sohn was earned the rank of Krav Maga Black Belt 2nd Dan from Krav Maga Worldwide Chief Instructor Darren Levine
He is currently a private student of UFC and BJJ Legend Ricardo Almeida. Professor Almeida is a retired UFC and Pride Middle Weight Champion and one of the world’s leading authority on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Certifications and Awards
- 1969 Certified School Administrator University of the State of New York
- 1982 Earned Black Belt
- 1990 Opened Steve Sohn’s Jujitsu Concepts
- 1997 Most Improved School Award Educational Funding Company
- 2001 X-Factor Improvement Award Educational Funding Company
- 2001 Certified Krav Maga Instructor
- 2003 Top Twenty Schools in the Martial Arts Industry Educational Funding Company
- 2004 Certified Krav Maga Fitness Instructor
- 2004 Blue Ribbon Student Service Award Educational Funding Company
- 2005 Certified Krav Maga Law Enforcement Instructor
- 2005 Outstanding Contributor to Martial Arts Publication Educational Funding Company
- 2005 Outstanding Martial Arts School
- 2005 Elected to the Krav Maga Worldwide Advisory Board
- 2006 Elected to the Educational Funding Company Advisory Board
- 2007 Martial Arts Spirit Award Educational Funding Company
- 2008 Martial Arts Entrepreneur of the Year Award Educational Funding Company
- 2008 Martial Arts University International Member
- 2009 Earned Black Belt
- 2009 School Owner of the Year Krav Maga Worldwide
- 2009 Elected to the Education Funding Company Board of Directors
- 2010 Marni Levine Fighting Spirit Award Krav Maga Worldwide
- 2010 President’s Award Educational Funding Company
- 2010 Certificate of Honor (for Serving on the Advisory Board) Educational Funding Company
- 2011 Stop Cancer Marni Fund Award Krav Maga Worldwide
- 2011 Exemplary Mentor Award Educational Funding Company
- 2012 Top Martial Arts School
- 2012 Raising the Standards of the Martial Arts EFC Recognizes Stephen Sohn as an Educator
- 2013 Earned Krav Maga Worldwide Black Belt 2nd Dan
- 2013 EFC Exemplary Leadership Award
- 2014 Exemplary Speakers Award from the Educational Funding Company
- 2015 Award for “Raising The Standards of the Martial Arts”
- 2015 Earned Black Belt Through Alpha Krav Maga