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Jericho Tactical Academy is an all inclusive self-defense academy that houses all angles of self-protection. Our specialty is Krav Maga, Firearms training and Fitness. Our training sessions are designed to educate, prepare and better our student’s chances to skillfully survive emergency situations. Every session at our academy includes context that can be applied for both civilians as well as first responders and does not require any previous experience. 

Our Instructors are Active LEO & Veterans and are highly qualified in their fields.  We understand the importance of context in training and how training is applied when it matters most. 

Our mission is to build groups and individuals physically & mentally capable of defending themselves while providing the best tools available to preserve life.

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Main Academy - Denver, NC


Our academy is located near Denver, NC (an easy 30-minute drive North West of Uptown Charlotte, NC) and conveniently accessible to both the North Charlotte and Lake Norman areas. We are equipped with a state of the art training equipment and accommodates both Combatives, Tactical Fitness, as well as Firearms Training. The academy is seated on a 100 acre farm that offers trail running, obstacle course and outdoor activities used in our Tactical Fitness Program.  Parking is available onsite as well as restrooms, coffee and water station, and an outdoor break area. 




Adir Rafael began his career in the security and defense industry in 2008 when he joined the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). Adir served as a tank commander. During his service, he was awarded five combat awards and retired as a sergeant first class.


Shortly after his retirement, Adir was recruited to the Israeli Secret Service (Shin Bet) and served as a special agent. During his service he participated in numerous operations protecting Israeli officials. In 2014, Adir relocated to New York City where he was responsible for the personal protection of Israeli Ambassadors and diplomats  and  securing the world's largest Israeli Consulate  and mission to the United Nations.


Upon his retirement from the Israeli Government, Adir provided security consultations to houses of worship and large public organizations that sought to reinforce their security arrangements in the Greater New York Area.


In 2018, Adir introduced Jericho Tactical Academy, LLC to the greater Charlotte area to provide civilians and law enforcement agencies access to field-proven defensive systems in a mission to equip those with tools to respond to violence and crime and create safer communities in the US.