Since 1996, USA Krav Maga Memphis has provided its members with a roadmap to success based on self-defense, confidence, and goal-setting skills.
2819 Bartlett Boulevard, Memphis, TN 38134
I began my martial arts journey at age 7 and the positive impact it had on my life was remarkable. It was always my dream to someday own my own school and when I opened USA Krav Maga Memphis in Bartlett in 1996, I made a commitment to our community in Bartlett to create a school that teaches practical self-defense in a fun and SAFE manner.
Now 22 years later we have opened several schools in the mid-south area and have been considered as one of the TOP TEN Martial Arts school in North America by Black belt schools International; we have also won Memphis Most for several years. It's one thing to know Martial Arts, it's another thing to teach it, this is why USA Krav Maga Memphis is the only school in the area with certified instructors through the Martial Arts Industry Association or MAIA. This assures that each class will be FUN, EDUCATIONAL, and most important SAFE!!
With a law enforcement background, I understand the importance of not limiting oneself to one style of protection, but a carefully thought out blend of the most successful systems in the world. Not only do our student learn MMA as seen in the UFC but they learn knife, gun, and impact weapon defense along with third-party attacks. This is one reason the Bartlett SWAT team has chosen USA MMA for their training.
I have taken my experience as a Martial Artist and a former Police officer (Graduate from Shelby County Sheriff's Department) and have created some of the top Black Belts in the region, many of whom are running their own schools. I have written a national bestselling Anti- Bully program called "We are Human". My school has been featured on the cover of MA Success Magazine and countless other newspapers. My stranger danger and active shooters segments have received thousands of views from local News stations.
I am a 5th degree Black belt Under Don Crenshaw and world famous Bill "Superfoot" Wallace, I am also a certified MMA instructor under American Top Team as well as certified Black Belt under Krav Maga Alliance. I have also received the Prestigious Rank of Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu under World Champion Ricardo Liborio, a task that took 11 years to accomplish!! I have also taught local and federal law enforcement officers defensive tactics for over ten years, BUT what I am probably most proud of is teaching the men and women of our community the skills to protect themselves!
• Each Location is Fitted with Zebra or Swain Mats for Maximum Protection
• Red Man Suite for Full Contact Applications
• Climate-Controlled Training Room & Waiting Area
• Open Seating for Parents & Spectators
• Complimentary Wi-Fi
• Equipped for Special Events Such as Workshops, Parties & Seminars
We focus on the personal development aspect of martial arts, not just self-defense moves.
Our instructors are all certified black belts, qualified and licensed to teach martial arts. They are also certified in CPR.
Our facility is always clean and features a viewing area, as well as matted floors throughout.
Krav Maga is the style of martial arts practiced by USA Krav Maga Memphis students. It was originally developed for use by the Israeli military. It combines techniques from boxing, savate, Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling, and grappling.
The primary goal of Krav Maga is to neutralize the threat as quickly and efficiently as possible - anything goes. There is very little fighting etiquette to learn and an emphasis is placed on attacking vulnerable soft tissues and pressure points, such as the eyes, neck or throat, face, solar plexus, groin, ribs, knee, foot, and fingers.