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Richard Timm

Master Richard Timm

    • Empire Martial Arts – Black Belt 5th degree
    • Premier Martial Arts (Krav Maga / Karate/BJJ/Kali) – Black Belt
    • Expert Level 3 Krav Maga (Krav Maga Worldwide)
  • Brazilian Ju-Jitsu Brown Belt 3 Stripes – Gracie Barra
  • Musubi Dojo – Aikido – Black Belt  
  • Moo Yea Do – Candidate Black Belt

Rich started training in the martial arts in 1973 learning Japanese Jiu-Jitsu. Rich later wrestled Varsity at both Clifton High School and Montclair Start College/University in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Both teams were powerhouses in New Jersey and won too many titles to list. In the late 1980’s Rich started his training with World Grand Master Tiger Yang. GrandMaster Yang was a multiple heavy weight world fighting titleholder as well as a movie and T.V. Kung Fu action star in Asia. It was with World Grand Master Tiger Yang that Rich learned the very special and effective blend of Karate, Kung Fu and Tae Kwan Do that Tiger Yang created and later earned a candidate Black Belt. In 1996 Rich started a seven year intensive program of Aikido, the art that uses the energy of an attacker against himself culminating in a hard earned Black Belt. In 2002 Rich started learning the art of Krav Maga. This is an effective art that is taught to over 500 police departments, swat teams, and the military programs the world over. After completing all of the basic instructor phases (Each phase is 8 hours per day for seven straight days) Rich completed three additional Expert Phases in gun, stick and knife defenses as well. Rich has also studied under Eyal Yanilov, the highest level Krav Maga instructor in the world who’s rank was given directly by Imi Lichtenfeld – the creator of Krav Maga.   During this time Rich became involved with Greg Silva founder of Premier Martial Arts and UP and Barry Van Over.  Barry under Greg’s direction developed a system that combine the best of various martial arts.  Karate, Krav Maga, BJJ and Kali.  Rich was one of the founding members of Premier Martial Arts and earned his Black Belt in this very effective self defense system that is heavy in Krav Maga and BJJ.  Rich is no longer part of Premier MA, but is proud of his time with Premier MA and is thankful for his training in both business and martial arts from both Greg and Barry.  Due to Krav Maga adding ground work in the KM curriculum Rich started learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2006 with Gracie Barra -the family that brought Brazilian Ju-Jitsu to the United States.   With Rich’s prior wrestling background jiu-jitsu was a natural for him. He was asked to bring Jiu-Jitsu to the Inland Empire as on official licensee for a few years.  Rich won the 2008 No-Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship, and the U.S. Nationals Gi and No-Gi Championships for his age, weight, and rank.

Claudia Santiago


Certified Krav Maga III (Krav Maga Worldwide) Instructor
1st Degree Black Belt Shotakan Karate
1st Degree Black Belt Tae Kwan Do

Claudia was the first instructor to be certified by Krav Maga Worldwide after Rich for our school in Rancho Cucamonga.  She scored some of the highest test results at her first certification.   Claudia started her martial arts career at the age of 8 and earned her first black bell in Shotakan karate.  Ever progressing, she moved to Tae Kwon Do and earned her second black belt.  She then rounded her training out with Krav Maga and is currently working toward her Krav Maga Black Belt.  She is a very lively instructor and will help you achieve your fitness and self-defense goals.


Kevin W. Allen – Head Krav Maga Instructor

1st Degree Black Belt – Krav Maga RC / Krav-Jitsu
Black Belt – Krav Maga Worldwide

Started his martial arts training as a child studying Karate and Judo. As an adult he’s had training in Boxing, Brazilian Jui-jitsu and Muay Thai. For the last six and half years his primary focus has been Krav maga and Mixed Martial Arts and is currently working on his Krav Black Belt. Kevin teaches an intense but fun class.

 

Travis Streit

1st Degree Black Belt – Empire Martial Arts
Certified Krav Maga I (Krav Maga Worldwide) Instructor,

Purple Belt – Gracie Barra

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Travis has been a student at Krav Maga / Empire Martial Arts since he was 12 years old.  He joined the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program soon after it started and now has become one of the best BJJ competitors in the United States and has won almost every tournament he has entered!   His core training however has been Krav Maga for many years.  Travis completed his first level of Krav Maga Instructor training in 2012 and we are happy to add him to the instructor roster.

 

Meredith Gilstrap

Certified Krav Maga Level I (Krav Maga Worldwide) Instructor

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Meredith is a great example of someone that didn’t do martial arts their whole life before coming to Krav Maga and now she is one of our certified Krav Maga instructors! For a number of years Meredith would watch movies and TV showing martial arts and the a desire to learn took hold. She first started training in boxing, Judo, Muay Thai and then after being injured in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Meredith was looking for a realistic self defense system that taught self defense from knives and guns. After searching the internet she found Krav Maga and then a friend mentioned Krav Maga.

Krav offered a sense of pride and accomplishment that I did not get from Boxing and BJJ. I’m a lifer now!

 

 Josue Del Cid

Certified Krav Maga Level 2 (Krav Maga Worldwide) Instructor

Chief Youth Instructor

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Sway has always had an interest in martial arts even before he was old enough to go to preschool! He started taking Tae Kwon Do classes at the age of seven and continued until 12 years old. He then learned the sweet science of boxing. Ever the Bruce Lee fan, Sway was also able to take classes in Jeet Kune Do. Sway came to Krav Maga and has been committed to learning this special art as well as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is now the Chief Instructor of the youth program and also teaches the adult Krav Maga.