OUR KRAV MAGA INSTRUCTORS
Krav Maga Houston‘s Chief Instructor, C.J. Kirk, is certified and licensed through the Krav Maga Association of America / Krav Maga Worldwide as a 3rd Dan Black Belt instructor. Krav Maga Houston and Krav Maga Houston North are the only certified and licensed schools in the Houston, TX area.
Mr. Kirk is also one of a handful of civilian Advanced Force Training instructors within the United States. Mr. Kirk is also certified to teach the Krav Maga Apprentice Program. In the past 13 years, Mr. Kirk has taught hundreds of civilians and many elements from local, state, and federal law enforcement and military units, including the United States Secret Service, Diplomatic Security Service, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Federal Air Marshals, State Police, Harris County Sheriff’s Deputies, Houston Police Department, and US Army SPECOPS. Mr. Kirk also holds rank in JKD and JuJitsu from the Aibu Jitsu Ryu organization.
Mr. Kirk received his Master’s Degree from the University of St. Thomas in Houston in 1996. Mr. Kirk currently resides in Houston, TX, is a consultant, and teaches Krav Maga at both Krav Maga Houston locations.
Mr. Kuehn served in the United States Navy for 8 years, received his certificate as a Naval Instructor while deployed in the South Pacific and Far East, and served honorably in the Gulf War in 1990. Mr. Kuehn also earned a Bachelors of Science from the University of Houston in 1995. Mr. Kuehn is active in various charities and community organizations and resides in Katy, TX.
He is a Texas native graduating from Texas A&M in 1997. Dr. Dyer earned a Master’s of Science in Dentistry and a certification in the specialty of Periodontics from the University of Kentucky and has been in private practice since 2007. He and his wife currently reside on the board of the Brilliant Lecture Series, a philanthropic organization in Houston and also serve on the advisory committee of the Peter Emily Veterinary Dental Foundation, a group dedicated to providing dental care to sanctuary animals across the country. Dr. Dyer is also a master scuba diver and holds certification in NITROX and underwater rescue. Dr. Dyer resides in Tomball, TX.
He is also a certified member of the FAST training team and a certified Simunition Safety and Scenario Instructor.
Additionally, Joe has completed numerous tactical and CQC (Close Quarters Combat) shooting courses including Israeli Point Shooting with IMS Security. He also served five years in the Marine Corps as an infantryman and deployed twice to conduct combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Joe is currently working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in both Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies, and Strategic Security and Protection Management from Henley-Putnam University.
Madonna is also certified for Pilates mat and equipment instruction through the Colleen Glenn PilateSystem and also holds a Gold Standard Certification from the Pilates Method Alliance. She is a member of the Pilates Method Alliance and continues her education through PMA workshops and conferences. Madonna received her BFA in Dance at the University of Texas at Austin. As part of her dance studies, Madonna spent one year at the Laban Centre in London, England. She has danced professionally with 3/A Modern Dance Company, Vault, The Sandra Organ Dance Company, and Frenetic Core in Houston. Madonna was, also, a Peak Teacher Trainer for Peak Pilates, where she certified instructors in the Pilates Method.
Madonna also volunteers in the community with the organization HOME (Help our Military Endure) and teaches Pilates at Camp Hope (PTSD USA).
Trea has worked in the field of psychology for 18 years, has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a certification in Behavior Analysis, and is completing a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis. Trea is the developer and Lead Instructor of Krav Maga Houston’s Youth Program at the Kirby location and he teaches adult classes at the school’s Spring campus.
Matt has extensively trained in Muay Thai and freestyle wrestling, and participated in numerous sports at both the high school and college level, including ice hockey, football, basketball, and baseball. He received a BS in Geophysics from Penn State University, and has worked in the oil & gas industry for 20+ years. Matt currently resides in Houston, TX and teaches Krav Maga at both the Central and North Campuses.
Prior to his training at Krav Maga Houston, Mr. Frost studied twenty-seven years in the Korean Art of Chayon-Ryu (emphasis in Taekwondo and Hapkido), in which he holds a fifth degree Black Belt.
In addition to his martial arts background, Mr. Frost brings forty years experience as a consulting Certified Public Accountant using those skills to provide management and operational guidance to the Houston Krav Maga facilities.
In his day job, Travis serves as Deputy Director for the Upper Kirby District. Travis holds a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M and is a Certified Business District Manager through the National Center for Public Performance, Rutgers University. He is also a graduate of Leadership Houston’s, Class 27.
Arnold received a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications and Engineering. He has lived in Houston, Texas for seven years and has over 12 years’ experience in management consulting and enterprise information systems industry.
Kara graduated from McNesse State University with a degree in Chemistry.
Meredith holds a degree in Business Administration and Management from Liberty University. She has also received a 200 hour level yoga teaching certification through the National Association of Certified Yoga Teachers. Meredith also handles Business Development and Corporate Sales for all three Krav Maga Houston locations.
BS in Telecommunications Engineering Technology from Texas A&M. Currently a Director in the Process and Technology practice of an Oil and Gas Consulting Firm. Background in BJJ and Muay Thai.
I have the privilege of being a steward of a place where people can come and succeed based on who they are at their core, rather than who they are or are not in this world. Where grit, moxie, and a “can-do” attitude mean more than all the gold in Fort Knox. And it is in this place that I first was introduced to Lilly Sanchez, and it was in this place that I was able to watch Lilly flourish. It’s here that she transformed into the person she was meant to be.
So often, Krav Maga training peels back the layers of conformity and bluster and reveals people in their truest form, and for Lilly this meant revealing much of herself, leaving behind the pain of the past, and growing to trust a group of people outside her immediate family.
As she came to trust the instructors at Krav Maga Houston, we saw that we could trust her. And eventually Lilly was, for lack of a better term, adopted as a sister by the KMH instructors. Lilly thrived – she had found a place to belong that was hers to keep forever. She proved herself to be dedicated, committed, courageous, trustworthy, and loyal.Lilly grew on a personal level and became an amazing advocate for other people – she inspired men, mentored women, and encouraged children. Lilly became a trusted friend and fell under the watchful and protective eye of those that had come to love her for her true self.
It’s a rare thing in this world to find someone that one can truly rely on, to find another person as dedicated to you as you are to him or her. When we find it, we hold onto it, and we protect it. It’s called a family. Lilly was a big part of our Krav Maga Houston family. Not the kind that salesmen and politicians talk about, but more the – 3am, stuck in ditch, in the middle of nowhere so I called YOU – kind of family.
In this life, so few people find a second family to accept and love them as they are, and I take heart in the knowledge that Lilly thrived in the love her second family showered upon her. We loved her and cheered for her and hoped for her – just like families do. Lilly knew she was loved by people that weren’t required – by birth or blood – to do so. And I believe she loved that the most.
As I think of Lilly’s battle with cancer, I am truly astonished. Her attitude, her courage, and her concern for the people she loved quickly became transparent. She was simply amazing in the truest sense of the word.
At some point in life, it becomes clear to us all that control of what happens to us and around us is an illusion. We learn that real courage is forged in facing life’s obstacle and hardships head-on, while real control is found in how we decide to respond to those hardships.
Lilly knew these truths, and in the last months of her life, she began to communicate and write in ways that illustrated how much her spirit was maturing. Lilly began to love each continuing moment of her life. Each breath was a celebration. She transformed once again before our eyes.
When she passed, I had seen a woman who became much of the best of what we all hope to be. That was our LillyBean. Her funeral was attended by hundreds of people, many of them from the Krav Maga Houston community. We are all mourning her loss and huddling together to find some measure of comfort in the memories we share with each other about Lilly.
Lilly received an honorary Black Belt from Krav Maga Worldwide for displaying the kind of character, determination, and grace that make this award worth working towards and obtaining over many years of trial and training. Darren Levine has signed it, and so have I. I know she loves that too.
To keep her memory fresh and alive, you will see her Black Belt and other awards hanging in a place of honor at Krav Maga Houston. We will always remember Lilly, until we see her again.
God Bless Lilly and keep her always.