James Hiromasa - (Co-Owner)
James holds 2nd Dan and 3rd Dan Black Belt Ranks with several orginations. James was in the very first group of instructors to get licensed to teach Krav Maga outside of the National Training Center in LA back in 1997. He earned his Krav Maga Instructors Black Belt in 2003 as only the second to do so in the United States outside of LA and the first in Colorado or anywhere in between the coasts. James is a fully certified Force Training Division Lead Instructor who has taught courses in Fort Hood for the United States Army and is currently teaching Law Enforcement Courses throughout the United States and worked as a contract Trainer for the Boulder County Sheriffs Department. James is also on the Krav Maga Worldwide Advisory Board and one of only a handful of Instructors that hold "Train the Trainer" status and who is qualified to train and certify instrucotrs in the highest levels of Krav Maga and has personally certified hundreds of Krav Maga Instructors worldwide. Also uniqe is the fact that James holds TWO Krav Maga certifications from Wingate in Israel. Wingate Institute is the Israeli National Center for sports and athletics and houses the Israeli school for Coaches.
James' background in Martial Arts began at age 9 in Judo, then progressed through the years with Karate, taekwondo, hapkido, and of course now Krav Maga. He currently is a 3rd Degree Black Belt and trainer for Premier Martial Arts. Besides Martial Arts, he is skilled in tactical and defensive shooting with most types of firearms having trained with numerous agencies and tactical groups through the years.
Shannon Lukeman-Hiromasa - (Co-Owner)
Shannon is a certified Krav Maga Instrcutor and in fact one of the highest ranked female instructors in the United States. Shannon is also the sole Creator, Developer, and Instructor Certifier for the Premier Fitness & Conditioning Program adopted in 100's of Premier Martial Arts schools Nationwide. She is also a certified Premier Martial Arts Instructor. Being an expert in the field of Fitness and Conditioning, Shannon was contracted to develop the PMA Fitness program for United Professionals, a chain of thousands of martial art schools, and currently certifies other instructors from around the nation. She is often called upon to consult for national media on the subject, and colaborated on an article for Womens Health Magazine. She began her training in Krav Maga in 1997 and went through the instructor certification process in 1999. To top it off, Shannon is a Certified CrossFit Trainer registered with the CrossFit organization. Shannon also holds TWO Krav Maga certifications from Wingate in Israel. Wingate Institute is the Israeli National Center for sports and athletics and houses the Israeli school for Coaches.
Shannon has a degree in Sociology/Psychology with departmental honors from the University of Colorado at Denver. Her martial arts background consists of 20 years of training with Black Belts in Goju-Ryu, Tae Kwon Do, and Premier Martial Arts as well as extensive training in Pai Lum Kung Fu. Her fitness background includes Certified Fitness Trainer, yoga instructor, certified Krav Maga Conditioning and Premier Martial Arts Conditioning Instructor. Shannon teaches a variety of programs at both locations, and does school talks, summer camps, and Kids Safe seminars around Colorado.
Mike Miller - (Instructor)
Mike began training at Colorado Krav Maga in 2005. Over the past 8 years he has advanced to a Level 6 Krav Maga Black Belt Instructor; one of 6 in the state of Colorado. He teaches regularly at both the Broomfield and Denver facilities. Mike also travels around the state and country teaching reality based Krav Maga seminars, training law enforcement through Tactical Krav Maga, as well as “train the trainer” certifications. Through Tactical Krav Maga Mike also leads the concealed handgun and close quarter combat classes. When not at Colorado Krav Maga Mike is an 18 year veteran at a municipal police department. As a Sergeant there he coordinates both the firearms and defensive tactics programs, teaches use of force, and police tactics. He is regularly called upon by Colorado law enforcement agencies for his expertise in Krav Maga self defense and police defensive tactics. If there is ever any time remaining you’ll find Mike wakeboarding, snowboarding, riding ATVs, and training.
Winston Cook - (Instructor)
Winston Cook is a Fitness instructor and avid Fitness class attendee. " I love the fitness program, I think it is the best complete body workout that I have ever found and I never get tired of teaching or taking the class". Winston has studied Tae Kwon Do, Judo and studied Krav in California before joining the boulder school.
"I really enjoy teaching fitness, I like pushing the students and seeing the look of accomplishment they have when they go beyond themselves".
Jenny Manchengo-Pena - (Instructor)
Jenny is certified as both a Krav Maga Instructor and a Fitness Instructor. She has been with Krav Maga since 2005 and teaches at all of our locations.
Al Sullivan - (Instructor)
Al Sullivan didn't start training seriously in the martial arts until he was 35 years old. He began his training in the traditional Japanese art of Aikido, eventually achieving the rank of Shodan (black belt). He became frustrated with the limitations of that art, and began to search for another more complete system of self defense. 4 years ago, he found Krav Maga. It only took one class for him to realize this was the system he had been looking for.
"I learned more practical self defense in the first 3 months I was a student, than in the entire 8 years that I studied Aikido. In traditional arts, you are always training under the perfect conditions. In Krav Maga we always train from a position of disadvantage so that we know our system will work when the s**t hits the fans. I love the fact that the way the system is taught helps the beginner learn practical skills that can save their life from the very first class".
Al is one of only a handful of Black Belt Krav Maga instructors in Colorado.
Michael Honaker - (Instructor)
Michael started an intense Krav Maga training program with James Hiromasa in 2004, at the Colorado Krav Maga Regional Training Center where he earned his black belt in 2012. He is a certified Krav Maga instructor, and is currently working toward his second-degree black belt. Michael has participated in many seminars conducted by the high ranking Krav Maga instructors such as James Hiromasa, John Whitman, Darren Levine, Kelly Campbell, and others. In addition to Krav Maga, Michael has trained in Shorin-Ryu Karate, and Kobudo, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, BJJ, and Muay Thai kickboxing.
Mike is one of only a handful of Black Belt Krav Maga instructors in Colorado.
Abby Rupsa - (Instructor)
Abby comes from a dance background and has been a Krav Maga Fitness/Conditioning instructor since 2009. “Krav Maga is the fastest, most thorough way to get in shape and learn the fundamentals of self-defense all while in a fun environment. It’s great to use your brain while you work out! Lifting weights or running on a treadmill at the gym might get you in shape, but it doesn’t give you any skills that will serve you well in the real world. In my classes, I get your butt in gear and keep your body guessing through dynamic strength, aerobic and core exercises and help you perfect your striking/fighting technique. As a woman, it feels very comforting and empowering to know that I can utilize my training skills to protect both myself and my kids.”
Anthony Valdez - (Instructor)
Bio Coming Soon
Zach Zwiezig - (Instructor/Program Director)
Zach has been trainig at Colorado Krav Maga for years, being introduced to it by his girlfriend. Zach first got hired on as an assistant Program Director, then took over the lead position full time! Zach is a certified Krav Maga and certified Fitness and CrossFit instructor.
Zach is also certified as a Krav Maga instructor by Wingate of Israel.
Nate Ocansey - (Instructor/Program Director)
Nate has been trianing in Krav Maga since 2009 and is now a certified Krav Maga Instructor and the Program Director for the Broomfield Training Center.
Nate is also certified as a Krav Maga instructor by Wingate of Israel.
Brady Wolz - (Instructor)
Brady has been training at COKM for years and became an Instructor in 2011. He is now an Expert Level 4 Instructor and teaches at both the Broomfield and Denver Krav Maga Training Centers.
Mark Salvador - (Instructor)
After service in the US military as an Army Ranger, Mark was searching for a program that taught practical self defense while challenging me physically and mentally. After training near daily for several years, Mark earned his instructor certification in July 2012 and is now teaching classes at the Broomfield training center. Mark is also a licensed Bail recovery agent (Bounty hunter) and began chasing fugitives for Taylor made bail bonds, I do it part time and have been on some fun chases, Krav Maga has definitely kept me safe!
Heather Windward - (Instructor)
Bio is coming soon!!
Marc Morelli - (Instructor)
Marc and his family started training at Colorado Krav Maga in 2010 at the suggestion of a friend, Jon, who was also an Instructor at COKM. A certified CrossFit and Kettlebell Instructor, he bagan teaching Cage Fitness and CrossFit classes in 2011 and teaches at both locations.
Jesse Vaught - (Instructor)
Jesse began training at COKM in early 2009. “I’d heard that it was quick to learn, easy to retain, and effective under stress. It is absolutely all that! Even in the first few lessons I gained skills and confidence to defend myself in many life or death situations.” Originally intending to train for only three months, he has averaged 4 days per week of serious training ever since. Jesse began instructing in August, 2012, and currently teaches PMA, BJJ, and Krav Maga classes. Besides his ongoing training at Colorado Krav Maga, his BJJ certification continues under the supervision of Ramon Carrico (3rd deg black belt, New Union). He is also proficient in the use of firearms and has some training in various gunfighting systems.
Interestingly, Jesse is also a full-time pastor. He says, “I believe protecting the innocent is built into the heart of a pastor, and part of God’s overall design on Earth is for good people to keep evil at bay.”
Lyle Scurles - (Instructor)
Lyle is one of our high Krav Maga and Fitness Instructors. Experienced/Expert in Parkour and FreeRunning. Previous background experience in capoeira and Martial Arts Weaponry.
Hope Todt - (Instructor)
After completing her Bachelors in Kinesiology in 2006, Hope was looking for a new fitness program. A friend suggested she try the Fitness/Conditioning classes taught by Shannon Lukeman-Hiromasa at Colorado Krav Maga. After her first class she was hooked. Hope continued taking the fitness classes for a year before she tried a basic level Krav Maga class and Crossfit class. In 2009, Hope became a certified Crossfit Level I Trainer and started instructing Crossfit classes at the Broomfield location. In 2011 she earned her Krav Maga instructor certification and started teaching Krav Maga classes.
“I’ve always been physically active; Shannon’s classes provided a challenge that drove me to push myself harder than I had before. While taking the Krav Maga classes I found this desire to help people learn to defend themselves.”
Hank Habberkamp - (Instructor)
Sean Graham - (Instructor)
Bio coming soon
Leo Habberkamp - (Instructor)
Leo started training in PMA in 2007 and has been training ever since and has earned his Black Belt and is now a PMA instructor. Leo became an Eagle Scout in 2010, a high ranking in the boy scouts. He graduates from High School in 2014. Leo got involved in PMA through his father, Hank Haberkamp, who also teaches PMA and is a certified Krav Maga instructor with Colorado Krav Maga.
Aaron Konieczny - (Instructor/Program Director)
AAron began training at the Denver location in 2009. He was immediately hooked after his first class. In 2014 he completed his first phase certification. He teaches at all of COKM's training centers and is the Program Director of the Littleton Location.
Leon Shargorodsky - (Instructor)
Bio coming soon
Michelle Stewart - (Instructor)
"After my first fitness class, I knew I not only wanted this to be a part of my life forever, but I wanted to share this experience with everyone I knew"
Michelle completed her CrossKick certification in October of 2013 and currently teaches fitness classes at the Littleton location.
Shes completed several 1/2 marathons as well as completed the 198 mile Hood to Coast relay run last summer and along with her daughter runs 5k's together all the time.
Matt Newcomer - (Instructor)
Bio coming soon
Andrea Fuller - (Instructor)
Andrea started attending Colorado Krav Maga classes in 2010. Having no prior martial arts or self-defense experience, this was completely new to her. She quickly got hooked, however, on both Krav and the fitness classes and considers it one of the most important parts of hers and her family's life. Andrea earned her CrossKick Certification in December 2013 and currently teaches Fitness class at the COKM Training Centers
Nate Krey - (Instructor)
Bio coming soon
Andrew Fritz - (Instructor)
Chrystal Pinkerton - (Instructor)
Chrystal is a wife and mother of 2 children, Tyler 8 and David 4. She works full time as a project manager, and knows what juggling it takes to get in a workout, so she really appreciates seeing your faces in her class. She says "I love teaching classes, especially high cardio. I enjoy running, obstacle courses and helping others realize what they are capable of". Chrystal is a certified CrossKick Instructor currently teaching in Littleton.