Instructor Bio

Jamie Collier

Job outside Krav? Project Manager in an IT Department

What are you most proud of? My two amazing children who have grown into awesome adults.

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

Besides Krav, I enjoy reading, watching movies, the outdoors and spending time with my family.

Why do you teach?

I love passing on knowledge and tools to people who may need them, if the worst-case scenario were to happen.  Also, it is so very rewarding seeing people coming in struggling with movement and stances in the first few weeks.  Fast forward a couple of months and not only are they moving properly now they are also sending punches with purpose. Teaching has become so much more than I had ever anticipated, it has changed me and improved the person I am.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is… find something that makes you happy and that you enjoy, then it is not work.   And it took many years and I have found just that. 

What advice would you give a member getting ready for their first belt test?

First and foremost, Embrace the Suck!  You are ready to test when you do not need to think about the techniques and you are just reacting.  Do NOT change the way you eat within two weeks of your test.  Start hydrating at least a week ahead, and make sure you have plenty of electrolytes before, during and after your test.

Cats or dogs? Dogs of course, unless it can be a wolf, then a wolf. 

What’s the most inspiring part of being an instructor?

 Seeing members progress, getting better, stronger and safer and their self confidence growing.

The most important thing I learned before high school was: never trust your older brothers.  LOL

If I were a superhero, my superpower would be: to be able to heal others with just a touch.

When I was 5, I was pretty sure when I grew up I’d be a: I’d be a garbage man.  LOL, oh to be young again,  Such lofty ideas.

Favorite Pizza toppings? Pepperoni, Sausage and Jalapeno

Tell us one fact about you that not many know. I am actually, very shy and introverted.