Our only reason for existence is to help people become healthier
and safer. We will strive to spread Krav Maga throughout the United
States by offering real world self defense training with superior
|About Alaska Krav Maga & Fitness
All of our staff is made up of people that want to make Alaskan's
safer, many are experienced public safety professionals (fire
fighters, medics & police officers).
In 1999 Mark 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 black belts
each year. Mark became a black belt in November of 2003 and tested with the USKMA to
Second Degree Black Belt in 2009.
Mark Slane 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 even two 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
ROBERT HARLEY (Head Instructor)
Robert Harley has over 19 years in the public safety field. Police
duties have included patrol officer/Sgt, Detective, SWAT. Fire
duties have included fire fighter/Capt, Dive Rescue, Technical
Rescue, and EMT 3.
He has been teaching defensive tactics to police officers for over
15 years. He is the first person in Alaska to ever obtain a black belt
in Krav Maga (only one in AK). He is certified through USKMA. He
has attended several different types of police defensive tactics
instructor programs, to include the Federal Law Enforcement
Training Centers DT Instructor School.
In addition to his Krav Maga training, he has trained in
Judo/Jiu-Jitsu for over 18 years, wrestled competitively for 6 years
and trained in Karate. He is a Certified Sports Performance Coach.
ROGER STEVENER (teaches Judo)
Roger Stevener has over 20 years in the public safety field. Police
duties have included patrol officer/Sgt, Detective and SWAT. Fire
duties have included fire fighter and ETT.
He is a Krav Maga Instructor through USKMA (lvl 4), plus he has
been training in Judo/Jiu-Jitsu for over 10 years. He is a certified
Judo coach through the United States Judo Association. He has
attended numerous police defensive tactics classes.
Karen's passion for Krav Maga drove her to become an instructor. She is a certified
level 4 instructor through USKMA (level 5 practitioner), a Yoga instructor and a
certified Nutrition & Wellness Consultant. She is the highest ranked female Krav
Maga Instructor and practitioner in the state. She is also a Certified Sports
Performance Coach (USA Weightlifting).
Jason is the head of our Kids Judo program. He is a USKMA Firearms/RBT Instructor
and a LEO Defensive Tactics Instructor. He is prior military and is a psychology
professor at the university. He is a Judo brown belt and a Gracie Barra BJJ blue belt.
He wrestled for 15 years and is often on the mat training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and
Judo. He is a Certified Sports Performance Coach (USA Weightlifting).
FOR AN INTRO
Carl St. George
Carl is AKM's Head Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor. He is a Gracie Barra Purple Belt under
Professor Jarvis Edwards, and a Japanese Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Shihan Charles
Scott. As a Blue Belt, he went to California and won both Gold and Bronze at the US
Open BJJ Tournament in the Heavyweight Division, as well as a Silver Medal in the
Open Weight Division. He returned to the US Open as Purple Belt, placing 3rd in both
Heavyweight & Open Weight Divisions. He also placed 3rd in the 2013 Gracie Worlds
as a Heavyweight Purple Belt, and has won multiple medals at the Alaska State
Tournament, as both a Blue & Purple Belt.
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