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Building Strong, Safe 
& Proud Communities

StandStrong is a not-for-profit, non-denominational, and apolitical organization providing self-defense skills at no cost.

Students gain confidence, learn how to protect themselves, and proudly stand up for who they are and what they believe.

Building Strong, Safe 
& Proud Communities

StandStrong is a not-for-profit, non-denominational, and apolitical organization providing self-defense skills at no cost.

Students gain confidence, learn how to protect themselves, and proudly stand up for who they are and what they believe.

The StandStrong System

The StandStrong Self-Defense System was created by world-renowned, best-in-class martial artists from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Israeli Krav Maga, and Muay-Thai. Principles from each discipline have been combined into an effective program to help students de-escalate and disengage from potentially dangerous situations.

Mentality of a Peaceful Warrior

Disengage & De-escalate Situations

Submit and Control an Attacker

Our Team

The StandStrong Executive Board and trainers are made up of passionate community leaders who have dedicated many years to ensuring a better future for the Jewish community and other cultural groups.

Matt Travers

Director of Operations

Lior Ofir

Florida Regional Manager

Henri Jones

Lead Instructor

Matt has dedicated 15 years to the Jewish communal world both in the US and UK. Formerly from London, Matt served as Director of Sport for Maccabi Great Britain, the largest Jewish sports organization in the UK. After moving to Chicago in 2016 he spent time as Sports Director at JCC Chicago before joining StandStrong. Matt has a deep understanding of challenging the misrepresentations of Jews in sports. Having played semi-professional soccer in the UK for over 10 years he experienced verbal and physical antisemitism first-hand.

Lior is a former Israeli Navy SEAL, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and World Champion. He worked in the Israeli Ministry of Defense as a Tactics Specialist in the security field. Lior was born in Israel and drafted into the Israeli Defense Forces in 2003 where he joined the elite naval commando unit “Shyetet 13”. After his service Lior dedicated his time to perfecting martial arts. First studying Krav Maga, he later discovered his passion when introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, becoming a multiple time world champion.

Henri is an MMA competitor looking to build his reputation as an elite fighter in the cage. He understands the importance of staying calm and collected in the most frantic situations. Henri started coaching in 2016 and quickly found it to be his passion. He loves using real-life skills to empower students. Throughout his MMA career, Henri has trained in boxing, Muay-Thai, wrestling, grappling and Jiu-Jitsu. He adds unique qualities to our StandStrong curriculum.

Matt Travers

Director of Operations

Lior Ofir

Florida Regional Manager

Matt has dedicated 15 years to the Jewish communal world both in the US and UK. Formerly from London, Matt served as Director of Sport for Maccabi Great Britain, the largest Jewish sports organization in the UK. After moving to Chicago in 2016 he spent time as Sports Director at JCC Chicago before joining StandStrong. Matt has a deep understanding of challenging the misrepresentations of Jews in sports. Having played semi-professional soccer in the UK for over 10 years he experienced verbal and physical antisemitism first-hand.

Lior is a former Israeli Navy SEAL, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and World Champion. He worked in the Israeli Ministry of Defense as a Tactics Specialist in the security field. Lior was born in Israel and drafted into the Israeli Defense Forces in 2003 where he joined the elite naval commando unit “Shyetet 13”. After his service Lior dedicated his time to perfecting martial arts. First studying Krav Maga, he later discovered his passion when introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, becoming a multiple time world champion.

Matt Travers

Director of Operations

Lior is a former Israeli Navy SEAL, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and World Champion. He worked in the Israeli Ministry of Defense as a Tactics Specialist in the security field. Lior was born in Israel and drafted into the Israeli Defense Forces in 2003 where he joined the elite naval commando unit “Shyetet 13”. After his service Lior dedicated his time to perfecting martial arts. First studying Krav Maga, he later discovered his passion when introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, becoming a multiple time world champion.

Lior Ofir

Florida Regional Manager

Lior is a former Israeli Navy SEAL, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and World Champion. He worked in the Israeli Ministry of Defense as a Tactics Specialist in the security field. Lior was born in Israel and drafted into the Israeli Defense Forces in 2003 where he joined the elite naval commando unit “Shyetet 13”. After his service Lior dedicated his time to perfecting martial arts. First studying Krav Maga, he later discovered his passion when introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, becoming a multiple time world champion.

Henri Jones

Lead Instructor

Henri is an MMA competitor looking to build his reputation as an elite fighter in the cage. He understands the importance of staying calm and collected in the most frantic situations. Henri started coaching in 2016 and quickly found it to be his passion. He loves using real-life skills to empower students. Throughout his MMA career, Henri has trained in boxing, Muay-Thai, wrestling, grappling and Jiu-Jitsu. He adds unique qualities to our StandStrong curriculum.

Safety

Providing practical tools to help students defend themselves and stay safe, regardless of age, size, or physical ability.

Self Esteem

Inspiring the next generation of leaders by building both mental and physical strength.

Team Work

Sportsmanship, brotherhood, and learning together as a team is a core value in everything we teach.

Discipline

Self-control and respect for oneself and others form the basis of each StandStrong class.

What Sucess Looks Like To Us

Proud & Safe
Across America

StandStrong programs offered in every major city, with thousands of trained students in each city.

Changing
the Narrative

Using selective enrollment, we will identify future community leaders and provide them with the skills they need to change the narrative surrounding antisemitism

United
Communities

Creating safer, more secure and united communities supporting one another.

StandStrong Today

By applying to join a course you agree to the StandStrong Pledge.