Job outside Krav? Deputy US Marshal for the United States Marshals Service
What are you most proud of?
-On a family level I am most proud of my son and wife. My wife has overcome cancer and paralysis, so she is the true meaning of determination and strength.
On an individual level I am most proud of the work that I have done in law enforcement and will continue to do for many more years.
Hobbies, what do you do for fun or to relax? I love to spend time with my family outside. Usually we are playing with our son on the trampoline or on his playset. I enjoy working out, doing Spartan Races, camping, running, biking, shooting and traveling.
Why do you teach? I teach so I can pass on my knowledge of Krav Maga and self defense to others. I also feel it gives me a chance to keep learning from other instructors and members.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is… to always strive for what you want and continue to move forward even if you fail at it. My parents stressed this to me all of the time as I grew up trying to navigate through school with a few learning disabilities. Don’t give up!
What advice would you give a member getting ready for their first belt test? Make sure you are confident with the techniques. Be physically and mentally ready. There is no need to rush a belt test. Enjoy training and set aside time to practice at home. It is more important to know a technique 100% than it is to just know it once for the belt test.
Cats or dogs? One yellow lab. Her name is Saide and she is 13 years old.
What’s the most inspiring part of being an instructor?
That what you instruct to those who train in Krav Maga may one day save their life or the life of another person.
The most important thing I learned before high school was: to never give up. I think that was engrained in me at a young age.
If I were a superhero, my superpower would be: the power to fly like Superman. I can only handle traffic for so long. Being able to fly right over it would be great.
When I was 5, I was pretty sure when I grew up I’d be a: professional baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals. Go Cards!
Favorite Pizza toppings? Sausage and don’t ever put pineapple on a pizza.
Tell us one fact about you that not many know. I received the Medal of Valor at work in 2010 (Robert Forsyth Valor Award).