Mark Slane

Mark Slane is the United States Krav Maga Association founder and chief instructor.  In 1999 Mark Slane was a member of the very first group of outside instructors ever trained at the Krav Maga National Training Center in Los Angeles. He then went on to open one of the first half dozen Krav Maga schools in the United States. To become a black belt in Krav Maga is difficult. Prior to 2007, instructors who wished to become black belts must have been personally invited to test in Los Angeles by Krav Maga Worldwide. Krav Maga Worldwide tested, on average, only four or five for black belt each year. Mark became a black belt in November of 2003 (one of only thirty in the U.S.), tested with the USKMA to Second Degree Black Belt in 2009 and to Third degree in 2012 and received 4th degree black belt in 2016. Mark has trained in Israel with the founder of Krav Maga’s heir, Grandmaster Yaron Lichtenstien.

Mark has studied the martial arts for over twenty five years. Mark started his training in Tae Kwon Do and holds a fourth degree black belt in that art. In Olympic style Tae Kwon Do he won a national championship in sparring in the light weight division – 33 to 40 year old age group. He has taught martial arts to hundreds of students in various schools over the past twenty years and has coached and trained dozens of national medalists, national champions, U.S. team members and World medalists. Mark has also trained in boxing for several years with Olympic Gold Medalist, Jerry Page and has spent years studying Muay Thai, BJJ, and Mixed Martial Arts as well.

Mark retired early from his firefighter/paramedic job to devote his life to making others safer. Mark founded the United States Krav Maga Association to spread Krav Maga throughout the U.S. the right way. No politics or egos…Just real world self defense training. Mark is also the author of Be Safe! Self Defense for Women In the Real WorldAmerican Krav Maga and Krav Maga For Law Enforcement with SGT Brannon Hicks. He lives in S. Carolina with his wife Tina and their son Shae.

Brannon Hicks

Brannon is a USKMA certified Krav Maga instructor and our primary Law Enforcement instructor. Brannon is a Police Officer and works as a Sergeant, defensive tactics instructor, Taser instructor and SWAT Assistant Team Leader. As a law enforcement officer, he has participated in undercover operations, created defensive tactics curricula, trained police officers in survival skills and planned and executed tactical missions. Brannon brings nearly thirty years of martial arts experience from styles and systems including Shaolin Kung Fu, Kali Silat, submission wrestling and kickboxing to USKMA. Brannon is also a certified Reality Based Training Instructor, law enforcement fitness instructor and has a bachelor’s degree in Workforce Education with a specialization in Curriculum Development and Enhancing Learner Performance. He received his 2nd degree black belt in 2015.

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Michael Jozwiak

Mike served in the United States Army from 2002-2010. During his time in the Service he was a Sniper, Sniper Section Leader, Pre-sniper Instructor, and Reconnaissance Scout. He has multiple combat tours, and was a hand to hand combat instructor within his Recon unit. Mike fought in several military sponsored combatives tournaments and continued undefeated in his weight division for his term in the service. He became a highly decorated Sergeant before his honorable discharge, earning several medals including a Bronze Star with Valor device.

Mike has studied, and instructed many arts over the years including wrestling, BJJ, Muay Thai, kick boxing, submission wresting, offensive/defensive knife tactics, advanced firearms training, and Krav Maga. He has complied 15 years experience in training and instructing these arts. He is a Level 5 Certified USKMA instructor, and will be receiving his Black Belt in January 2017.

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Juan Acosta

Certifications:

USKMA 2nd Degree Black Belt and certified instructor
Krav Maga Instructor Course Wingate Institute (Israel)
CrossFit L2 Coach
CrossFit Mobility
USAW Club Coach
World Kettlebell Club Trainer
Certified Personal Trainer
CPR/AED

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Alexis Acosta

Certifications:

USKMA 2nd Degree Black Belt and certified instructor
Krav Maga Instructor Course Wingate Institute (Israel)
CrossFit L1 Coach
CrossFit Gymnastics
CPR/AED

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