OWNER • CERTIFIED KRAV MAGA INSTRUCTOR • KRAV MAGA KIDS INSTRUCTOR • CERTIFIED ROCK STEADY BOXING COACH
Sue Garstki is a certified Expert Level Kravmaga Worldwide Instructor. She traveled to the Kravmaga Worldwide National Headquarters in Los Angeles, and was certified as an instructor by the best Krav Maga instructors in the world. She is presently the highest level female Krav Maga Instructor in the midwest. Enjoying and believing so much in the simplicity and ferocity of the Israeli Reality Self Defense systems, she traveled to Florida to train under Mike Kanarek and was certified as a Haganah/F.I.G.H.T. instructor. Sue most recently worked with Moni Aizik at an instructor certification here in Illinois and has become one of only two female Commando Krav Maga instructors in the Midwest. She is also a Level 4 instructor in the Raven Method Close Quarter Defensive Tactics System, having had the honor of working with the Chicago Guardian Angels. This year, Sue was nominated Female Reality Self Defense Instructor of the Year by the Global Network of Reality Based Self Defense Systems. In 2012 she was nominated Civilian Close Quarter Combat Instructor of the Year. Sue works with the Chicago Police Department as well as schools and other organizations spreading awareness in Self Defense, Women’s Self Defense and Domestic Violence issues. In June 2013 Sue was inducted into the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame, and again in 2015, where she was named Krav Maga Expert of the Year. Most recently Sue had the honor to work with Kristy Follmar (World Champion Professional Boxer) and the Rock Steady Boxing crew, and was certified as a ROCK STEADY BOXING COACH. (Rock Steady boxing is for persons with Parkinson’s and will be introduced to the Krav Maga Illinois curriculum in mid-2017)
Sue has over 35 years of teaching experience and is a 2nd degree black belt in Shorei Goju Karate. She was also certified under NDEITA to be a personal trainer and was one of the first instructors to be certified to teach the National Associations of Professional Martial Artists (NAPMA) Kardio Karate program. She is the founder of the Women’s Martial Arts Alliance, member of the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation, and the American Women’s Self-Defense Association.
Sue has consistently trained in many different arts including Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Taekwondo, Arnis, Jeet Kun Do, Pressure Point Fighting (member of The Dragon Society) Israeli Tactical Knife, Aikido, Capoeira and weapons defenses to name a few. She is also a personal trainer specializing in, stamina, strength training, endurance, and fight preparation.
PROGRAM MANAGER • CERTIFIED KRAV MAGA 2nd DEGREE BLACK BELT INSTRUCTOR • CERTIFIED BAS RUTTEN SYSTEMS FIGHT CLUB AND BAS RUTTEN SYSTEMS MMA INSTRUCTOR • CERTIFIED CIVILIAN LAW ENFORCEMENT INSTRUCTOR
Jesse O’Connor is a certified Krav Maga Worldwide 2ND DEGREE BLACK BELT INSTRUCTOR, having spent many years training and much time in Los Angeles at the Krav Maga Worldwide Training center. Jesse has trained with the best from Darren Levine to Amir Perets, to Bas Rutten and many other talented, knowledgeable instructors.
He is also an advanced Krav Maga Worldwide Civilian Law Enforcement instructor. Jesse trained under Bas Rutten in the Bas Rutten Systems Fight program and was certified to teach the Bas Rutten Systems Fight and MMA programs.
Jesse has many years of experience in martial arts, getting his start in Tae Kwon Do. He went on to cross train in many different martial arts including Jiu -Jitsu where he continues to excel, having won his division at NAGA. We continue to congratulate Jesse on his accomplishments
HEAD BOXING COACH • OFFICIAL USA BOXING COACH • CERTIFIED ROCK STEADY BOXING COACH
Larry Garstki by day is a Middle School Principal, by night a boxer and trainer. He is a certified USA Boxing coach, as well as, a licensed Pro MMA coach. Larry is an official USA amateur boxer and has trained alongside many champions, while being trained himself by a protégé of the world famous Bufano’s Boxing Gym in New Jersey.
Larry has trained champions in boxing, kickboxing, and mixed-martial-arts. He holds a first degree blackbelt in karate and has cross-trained in many martial arts including Muay-Thai, and Jiu-Jitsu. Larry truly believes that boxing is the sweet science. His ring strategy, footwork and teaching style is second to none. Larry heads our group boxing classes as well as private lessons, while also sharing his knowledge with our KMI Kids. Larry took Krav Maga Illinois to the Chicago Golden Gloves and has produced champions 2 years in a row. KMI’s Golden Gloves team continues to grow each year. Larry, most recently, spent time with World Champion Boxing Kristy Follmar and the Rock Steady Boxing crew. He was certified as an Official Coach in the Rock Steady Boxing program. Rock Steady is a boxing program specifically for persons with Parkinson’s Disease. We are proud to bring another life changing program to Krav Maga Illinois in 2017.
CERTIFIED KRAV MAGA INSTRUCTOR • CERTIFIED KRAV MAGA FORCE TRAINING INSTRUCTOR • CHICAGO POLICE OFFICER
- 1st Degree Black belt in Tae Kwon Do (WTF)
- Instructor Wing Chun Gung Fu
- Krav Maga Force Training Instructor
- Krav Maga Worldwide Instructor
- Certified Woman’s Self Defense Instructor
- Certified Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Coach
FIT2DEFEND Kid’s Only INSTRUCTOR
Scott has 9 years of Kali/Arnis/Escrima training, and is an intermediate Level 4 instructor under Sifu Ron Balicki. He is an Escrimador Level 5 under Grandmaster Atillo in Balintawak. Scott trains with World Class Filipino Martial Artists such as Dan Inosanto, Rick Faye, and Hoch Hocheim. Scott holds 3 black belts in 3 different martial arts styles, and was most recently awarded his BROWN belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Scott competes in national and international tournaments and has over 16 years of martial arts training. We are very proud of Scott’s many accomplishments and his lifelong dedication to the Martial Arts.
EVELYN MC GETTIGAN
KRAV MAGA INSTRUCTOR • BOXING INSTRUCTOR • OFFICIAL USA BOXER • CHICAGO GOLDEN GLOVES COMPETITOR • KRAV FIT INSTRUCTOR
Evelyn is an officially certified Krav Maga Worldwide Instructor and official USA amateur boxer. She has many years of boxing and fitness experience. She is our assistant Boxing coach at our Highland Park location and heads up our Krav Fit program in Chicago. She has many years and expertise in the Krav Maga Worldwide self defense system. Her Krav Maga fitness class will challenge even the most seasoned athlete, while giving more tools to GET HOME SAFE!
CERTIFIED KRAV MAGA INSTRUCTOR
Zach is an officially certified Krav Maga Instructor, with over a decade of martial arts and fitness experience. He began his training in hapkido and taekwondo, where he received his black belt as a teenager. Since then, he has continued to train extensively in multiple martial arts, such as sanshou, muay thai, western-style boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and of course, Krav Maga. With Krav Maga’s explosiveness and no-nonsense approach to self-defense, Zach quickly fell in love with the Israeli combat system and is now a Krav Maga Illinois Instructor, joining our team of Official Krav Maga Worldwide Instructors. He is also an ACSM certified personal trainer and is currently receiving his master’s degree in education.
KRAV MAGA ILLINOIS MASCOT
Basito, (named for Bas Rutten) is our Krav Maga Illinois Mascot. Although small and unassuming, he is extremely fierce while at the same time, fiercely loyal to our instructors. Basito has been around for about 4 years now, and has become quite the celebrity among the students. Basito has a black belt in Keeping it Real! When Basito is not busy running in circles around all the bags, you can find him watchfully guarding the office from the sub-basement of his high tech dog bed.