MEET our instructors

JAMES MURPHY

AIKIDO - KENDO

James Murphy has been a martial arts practitioner for over 30 years with experience in various disciplines in martial arts such as Tae Kwon Do, Judo, and Aikido.

He holds a second-degree Black belt in Aikido and first-degree Black belt in Kendo. Aikido is a self-defense art that combines disciplines from Judo and Ju-Jitsu to develop a system that uses your opponent's strength combined with their bodies off balance to eliminate any threat of attack to the Aikido player.

​He is very excited to build up the Aikido Club with students of all levels of experience from the beginner to the advanced player who has training in other disciplines. Aikido will help build your self-confidence to handle any type of attack as well as take what experience you have already and help you to focus on the self-defense part of your martial art.

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thomas joly

MUAY THAI KICKBOXING

Thomas has been training with since we opened in 2015. He is our highest ranking Muay Thai Coach. He has also trained 6 years in Kung Fu, 3 years in Karate and 2 years in Israeli Krav Maga. He is an excellent instructor with a great sense of humor. All of the members really enjoy his classes because he pushes them hard but makes it fun. Coming from Europe he brings a continental perspective on many topics and is a joy to watch teaching. Having fun is guaranteed if you take one of his Muay Thai kickboxing classes.

noel de leon

KID'S KICKBOXING - TINY TIGERS - KIDS  TAEKWONDO 

Coach Noel has been training in martial arts since 2010. He holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is a Muay Thai Coach. He has a lot of experience with children and teens. His calm demeanor and high level of kicking skills make him a great addition to our school. He is very patient and enjoys teaching. He will even stay after the class with a member to ensure they learn properly. Coach Noel is also active duty member of the National Guard so respect and self discipline are qualities that his life is based around which he in turn teaches in his classes.

JULIE DUBERNARD

ISRAELI KRAV MAGA

Julie has been a regular student for several years now and has acquired her Black Belt Level 6 in Israeli Krav Maga. Even though she has had several health issues including a broken back she recently earned her instructorship at the Krav Maga Association Headquarters. She is a very intense lady who has gained a wealth of knowledge in self defense applications as well as Tactical Close Combat Training. She is a true example of what you can do if you devote yourself to self improvement.

MONICA MIGUEL

ISRAELI KRAV MAGA & MUAY THAI

Monica has been training at our school for several years and has earned her Associate Instructorship in Krav Maga as well as being a Level 2 Coach in Muay Thai Kickboxing. She is a natural coach always taking the opportunity to welcome new students and setting them up for success. Her friendly attitude always makes new students feel comfortable especially during the awkward first week of training. She is very detail oriented and makes sure to point out the finer points of all techniques. Her classes are fun yet very challenging establishing that Women make great Warriors!

jojo nunez

ISRAELI KRAV MAGA & BLACK BELT CLUB WEAPONS

Jojo has been training since he was a young teenager and has risen to the level of Krav Maga Associate Instructor as well and acquiring a Black Sash in Kung Fu. His passion for the martial arts is only rivaled by his love of teaching. His attention to detail and enthusiasm is contagious. He is very disciplined and mature for his age and both adults respect him and kids love him.