Instructor Bio

Emily Cesarz

Why do you teach?

I teach because I love Krav Maga, and because I think it is important to show that it is effective for smaller people (specifically women).

Job outside Krav? I work in purchasing in the automotive industry.

What are you most proud of? My proudest achievement is definitely my Krav Maga training. Three years ago I would have never believed I would come this far as a student or as an instructor. It has shown me I am capable of much more than I ever thought was possible.

Hobbies, what do you do for fun or to relax?

Punch things – duh! I like to hang out with my fur-babies, read and play video games. I also love to spend time outside either hiking or at the beach.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is… Get rid of your “cool cop” (the voice inside your head that tells you not to commit because others might judge you or you might feel stupid).

What advice would you give a member getting ready for their first belt test? There is no secret to being “ready” (other than knowing the techniques for your level). Show up, and give it your honest, 100% best effort.

Cats or dogs? Both! The more the merrier.

What’s the most inspiring part of being an instructor? Running belt tests. It’s always an incredibly humbling experience to watch other people push themselves and complete a rite of passage to move to the next level.

The most important thing I learned before high school was:

Having a sense of humor and being able to laugh at yourself makes life a whole lot more fun.

If I were a superhero, my superpower would be: 

 Telekinesis, because being able to move things with your mind is badass.

When I was 5, I was pretty sure when I grew up I’d be a: Power Ranger.

Favorite Pizza toppings? Pepperoni and Banana Peppers

Tell us one fact about you that not many know. I have a history of fainting, but have never passed out in training.