UTKM Krav Maga Instructor Team

Here is the list of UTKM instructors. The list includes all instructors who are either currently teaching at a UTKM school or have been at some point certified by UTKM to teach. There are three levels of instructors at UTKM Lead Instructors, Full instructor and Assistant Instructor, each has gone through extensive training to receive their designation. We at UTKM do not offer week-long courses for Instructor certification as this cannot possibly be enough time to teach a person how to teach. In addition, persons listed here may have let their certifications expired which does not take away from their original instructor certification but does let you know if they have not updated their training. Always check with UTKM HQ if you have any questions about any of our instructors.

Lead Instructors

Lead Instructors are the most senior members of the Instructor Team and are certified to create other UTKM Instructors. In addition, they may hand out belt ranks up to one rank below their own in the UTKM System. To be considered for this one must have a UTKM brown belt or Higher and have been a full instructor for at least 5 years directly under another Lead instructor or have operated a school under the UTKM Brand. Currently, only the founders of UTKM hold this title.


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Jonathan Fader UTKM Co-Founder

Since a young boy, I had always been fascinated with the military and martial arts. It was not until the age of 21 when I decided that my career in Occupational Health and Safety was not exactly what I wanted to be doing at this stage in my life. I decided to drop everything and pursue my dreams of learning martial arts and joining the military. I decided because of my heritage that I would like to join the Israeli Defense Force. However, from the time I made the decision until the time I moved to Israel, it was almost a year and In 2008 I started training in Krav Maga.

In 2009 I moved to Israel and served almost 2 years in the 84th infantry brigade (Givati), 424th battalion (Shaked.) During my military service, I also learned military Krav Maga as required by the training. I did tours of duty in both the West Bank and the Golan Heights. I was involved with everything from roadblocks to arrests and riots.

In the summer of 2011, I returned to Canada.   I felt that this was my home and where I had to be. I immediately started training Krav Maga again with both my original trainers and IKMF Master level 3 Marcus Torgerson. Since then I have also trained under Nir Maman of CT707 through his instructor course numerous time and was certified by Moshe Katz of IKI when he was here running seminars. More recently I partook in Lior Offenbach’s first North American Instructor Course.

Also shortly after my return from the IDF I began BJJ. Originally I was training under Megaton Black Belt Trevor Clarkson but eventually moved to train under Multi Masters World Champion and Canadas own Scott Boudreau whom gave me my Purple Belt Under the head of West Coast BJJ and 2nd Dan Black Belt Don Whitefield. I have also trained under the likes of Luanna Alzuguir, Lucas Lepri, Megaton, Michael Langhi, Bernardo Faria and Marcelo Garcia through seminars or dropping by their gyms.

In addition, I have dabbled in Kyokushin, Arnis, Kickboxing and knife fighting with Braun McAsh.

I have also continued to maintain my tactical shooting skills via training and teaching.

Teaches out of: UTKM Richmond & Burnaby, BC


Full Instructor

A full must hold the rank of UTKM Green Belt or higher and has completed both the UTKM Assistant Instructor and Full Instructor courses. A full Instructor is certified to operate a UTKM school independently or in cooperation with UTKM. In addition, they may hand out belt ranks up to one rank below their own in the UTKM System. A Full instructor MAY NOT certify another instructor under UTKM.

There are currently no UTKM Full Instructors.


 

Assistant Instructors

An assistant instructor must hold a minimum rank of UTKM Orange Belt or higher and has completed the UTKM Assistant Instructor course. An Assistant Instructor is certified to teach at a UTKM school without supervision so long as there is a Full/Lead UTKM instructor running the overall program. In addition, they may hand out belt ranks up to one rank below their own in the UTKM System. An assistant Instructor MAY NOT operate their own school under the UTKM Brand or certify another instructor under UTKM.


 

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Josh Hensman

Josh has had a passion for martial arts since seeing a video clip of Bruce Lee in action as a kid. He first studied Karate and then at University he began to explore Wing Chun Kung Fu and Capoeira.

After arriving in Canada in 2007 Josh moved to boxing and kickboxing, along with renewing his pursuit of Karate.

In 2014 he represented BC at the Canada Karate Championships – a highlight in his sport martial arts career. As a qualified fitness instructor and personal trainer he often found himself working in fitness and recreation environments where martial arts were occurring. This is where he first encountered Krav Maga. Josh was immediately captivated by the practical, easy to learn, and adaptable nature of Krav Maga. This was a martial art that was continually evolving! Josh continues to study Krav Maga through IKI and UTKM. Josh completed his UTKM Assistant Instructor training in Sept 2015 which nearly took him a year to achieve. Josh regularly teaches our kids classes as well as some of our white belt classes. He also is our head fitness trainer and instructor.

UTKM Rank: Green Belt

Teaches out of: Not Currently Teaching


 

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Dave Young

Dave is a musician from Port Moody, BC.  Besides his pursuit of musical prosperity, he has also long had an interest in martial arts which his father kindled by putting him in Tae Kwon Do during his teen years.  Dave enjoyed the discipline and the training but when he learned of the practical and real-world nature of Krav Maga, he knew he had found the style that suited him best.  Training in Krav Maga has become a part of Dave’s lifestyle, and he is currently a student and assistant instructor with Urban Tactics Krav Maga.

 

UTKM Rank: Green Belt

Teaches out of: UTKM Richmond & Burnaby, BC


 

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Greg Fuentes

Greg Fuentes started at UTKM over a year and a half ago. He originally found us through the program we offer at Kwantlen Polytechnic University for students and was immediately interested. It became apparent to us that he not only had the physical skill to be a great practitioner but he also had the right skills we were looking for in an instructor. It took him a while but he is officially one of our assistant instructors and it is well deserved.

 

UTKM Rank: Green Belt

Teaches out of: Not Currently Teaching


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Daniel Liu

“Aussie” Dan began pursuing Krav Maga from a young age; first taking Tae Kwon Do and Wing Chun when he was a kid. Dan has been training in Krav Maga since 2010, when he joined KMG back home in Sydney. After arriving in Canada at the end of 2014, he began training with Urban Tactics, before being asked by Borhan and Jonathon to join the instructors program due to his previous experience Krav Maga. Dan finally became a qualified assistant instructor after a year of solid training. Besides Urban Tactics, Dan supplements his training with BJJ and KickBoxing. He can be also found out in the mountains riding his bike and breaking his bones.

UTKM Rank: Orange Belt

Teaches out of: N/A


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Steven Lo

Steven started his UTKM journey late in 2015. We quickly recognised his talents as a striker due to his past experience with Muay Thai. Since passing his Assistant Instructor course he has been a regular instructor teaching both the kids classes and adult classes.

UTKM Rank: Orange Belt

Teaches out of: UTKM Richmond & Burnaby, BC


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Vick Mangat

Vick came to UTKM mid 2015 with no previous experience, but he came with drive, good attitude and the goal of receiving the training needed to acheive his dream of becoming a police officer. Through his hard work, training and dedication he completed his training and was recently accepted into the RCMP acadamy. You can read more about vick in his intro blog post here.

 

UTKM Rank: Orange Belt

Teaches out of: Not Currently Teaching

 


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Karch Tan

Karch has been training with UTKM since 2016, and despite having a martial arts background (Tae Kwon Do & Boxing), nothing had been able to keep his interest until joining Krav Maga. Aside from teaching, Karch also trains in the other two disciplines offered at UTKM, Muay Thai & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Outside of UTKM, Karch is currently working on his Criminology diploma to become a Law Enforcement Agent in the future. Karch hopes that his knowledge & martial art skills will serve him well in his future career path.

 

 

UTKM Rank: Orange Belt

Teaches out of: UTKM Richmond, BC


 

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Petra Foerster

 

Born and raised in the far East of Germany she started practicing Judo at the age of 6. In December 2012 she decided to move to Vancouver and stumbled into Krav Maga at the end of 2014 at a gym downtown Vancouver. I

n fall of 2016, she switched to UTKM and is enjoying the great community of Kravists here. Later Petra got interested in BJJ and started to practice, soon offering help with the stand up fighting.

Currently holding a brown belt in Judo she started training Judo again at a Burnaby Dojo, after a long break.

Petra is also now a UTKM assistant instructor for Krav Maga and a UTKM Orange Belt. She also loves too share a little bit more of Judo with whoever is interested.

UTKM Rank: Orange Belt

Teaches out of: UTKM Richmond, BC


 

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Andrew F.

“I am not young.
I joined UTKM in 2015. My daughter demanded a practical self defense method and Krav Maga is that.
Before UTKM I had done Shotokan Karate, Aiki-jutsu, Wushu. I have practiced Yang Style Tai Chi since 1997. I practice it today. Well, not right this minute because Graceful Lady’s Hand isn’t well suited to typing…
I have a family despite what the judge said. Ha ha psych nurses – you know nothing! I did breed!
After an interesting childhood, I matured a little. Great victory! Now I employ people to do crazy things for that is the way of life.
I also teach Krav Maga because it needs to be done and it’s a lot of fun. Oooh, rhymes.
Some of the above is true.”
Editors note: We have decided to leave this bio as is for now. Andrew is no stranger to violence and thus has developed a healthy-ish sense of humour. Because of this though he understands why people need to realistically learn to defend themselves even if they don’t want to.

 

UTKM Rank: Orange Belt

Teaches out of: UTKM Burnaby, BC

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