Our Instructors

All of our instructors are certified by the American Krav Maga Federation (AKMF), an organization that was established to rank students through an association of like minded Krav Maga school owners and their students' schools. Our Instructors have spent many years devoted to training in Krav Maga and other martial arts and have attained a certain level of expertise to qualify them as teachers and mentors.

Chris Crouch

Owner/Chief Instructor

Chris Crouch

A US Navy veteran and former web developer, Chris first became interested in Krav Maga shortly after being married in 2008. He and his wife began training together under Master Mark Cox of Chatsworth Krav Maga so that he could feel more at peace about her safety.

Chris has been interested in martial arts his entire life, and has studied multiple styles of self defense. He earned his Black Belt in Krav Maga in 2012 and his 2nd Degree Black Belt in July 2016. Chris has also begun training in Seibukan Jujutsu, a traditional Japanese style. He has a dedication to both his personal training and the training of the students here.

Tony Hardy

Instructor

Tony Hardy

Along with being a certified platinum music producer/songwriter for artists that include Destiny's Child and Macy Gray, Tony has been an accomplished student/instructor of Chatsworth Krav Maga for several years under Master Mark Cox, and also an instructor for Burbank Krav Maga. His specialty is teaching high impact/stress involved scenarios, using Krav Maga techniques.

John Veverka

Instructor

John Veverka

John, a U.S. Marine veteran with combat experience during three tours in Iraq, found Krav Maga while seeking out an effective self defense system that is flexible and applicable in every day life.

His father introduced him to martial arts at a young age, but did not become a practitioner until his entry level training for the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program and Mixed Martial Arts training. Through Krav Maga, he has been able to enhance his philosophy on self preservation.

Grant Cogswell

Instructor

Grant Cogswell

Starting from a young age, Grant has always had a passion for martial arts. Throughout his life he has studied various disciplines, primarily Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, and Muay Thai. He found Krav Maga because he was looking for something that was not only fun and a great workout, but more "self defense" than "sport". With Krav Maga's military and street proven effectiveness, he instantly found something he loved and could train, study, and teach for the rest of his life.

Bobby Brimmer

Assistant Instructor

Bobby Brimmer

Bobby has been obsessed with ninjas and martial arts for his entire life. After declaring Jackie Chan his hero, he spent several years studying and teaching Chinese Wushu. Always eager to try a new martial art, Bobby first learned about Krav Maga from an episode of Archer. After attending just one class at Burbank Krav Maga, he was hooked. He believes the straight forward combat approach to Krav Maga makes it one of the best self defense systems a person can learn.

In addition to writing, producing, and acting in the occasional web series, Bobby also writes novels. His current series, G.H.O.S.T. Teams, stars a ninja who happens to look just like Bobby.

Kayleigh Roberts

Assistant Instructor

Kayleigh Roberts

Kayleigh became interested in martial arts at the age of 12, when she begged her parents to enroll her in Tae Kwon Do classes to prepare her to follow in the footsteps of her hero, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. After earning her back belt in Tae Kwon Do, Kayleigh took a break from martial arts to study journalism at Northwestern University. Kayleigh moved to California for a job editing at a teen magazine. She was itching to return to martial arts when she found Burbank Krav Maga and fell in love immediately.

Passionate about women's self defense, Kayleigh believes Krav Maga is an amazing, practical and effective self defense system for people of all backgrounds, shapes and sizes.

Torrey Lawrence

Assistant Instructor

Torrey Lawrence

Torrey has always been interested in the martial arts since a young age. Since watching "Kung Fu Theatre" he would often imitate Bruce Lee and many others. He discovered Krav Maga after seeing the French film "Chrysalis". He fell in love with Krav Maga because it was brutal, practical and very effective.

Since joining BKM he has been consistent in his training and he has the determination to be the best he can be. He hopes to inspire young students to always believe in themselves and to never give up.

Jessica Shaffer

Assistant Instructor

Jessica Shaffer

Jessica, originally from Philadelphia and New Jersey, was a hyper kid. Growing up she was always involved in athletics, starting gymnastics and dance at a young age and then going on to merge the two as a cheerleader in high school and college. After realizing working in an office wasn't for her, she moved to Los Angeles to more seriously pursue a career in acting. Soon thereafter she became restless and wanted to get back into something athletic, but wanted to learn something new at the same time. Having been intrigued by Krav Maga since seeing the movie Enough, she did an online search that lead her to Burbank Krav Maga. It only took one trial class to get hooked. Now, years later, she is still training hard to constantly improve her skills and learn more. Although her dream job would merge her two passions, acting and Krav Maga, into one career performing fight sequences on screen, she is truly enjoying teaching Krav Maga. One of her favorite aspects of teaching is getting to empower women to give themselves permission to defend themselves and show them that a small girl can be just as intimidating as a large man. That attitude may just be the Jersey Girl in her, but Krav Maga has given her the skills to back it up.

Erik Nelson

Assistant Instructor

Erik Nelson

Erik Nelson started at Burbank Krav Maga after learning about the discipline from his younger brother, a Bakersfield Police Officer and a defensive tactics instructor. Erik has always been involved in athletics and fitness, having earned his personal training certification from NASM after college. He has dabbled in various martial arts over the years, such as Shotokan Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and even Caporiera. However, it wasn't until he walked into BKM that he found exactly what he had always been looking for.

Now 36, Erik is passionate about the real world applications that Krav Maga brings. He is always looking to challenge himself mentally, physically, and emotionally, and wants to help others push themselves to becoming the best that they can be in life. He is confident that Burbank Krav Maga provides the foundation, environment, and community to do so and is proud to now be part of the group of instructors at the school.

Luis Bouza

Assistant Instructor

Luis Bouza

Luis Bouza initially was looking to get in shape and increase his physical activity when he started Burbank Krav Maga about two years ago. He was looking to better his strength, increase cardio activity, and gain more energy as a result. Luis is married and the father of two; he (like many today) works on a PC for the majority of the day, and lived a sedentary life style prior to joining Burbank Krav Maga.

Luis is a diabetic, and was asked by his doctors to start an exercise program to help manage his weight, lower his blood pressure, and improve his A1C results. He did not want another Gym Membership, and in researching his options on the internet found the Krav Maga self-defense training principles to be of interest. Luis has never had any formal self-defense training prior, and because Karv Maga can be taught relatively quickly to any age, or physical ability, it was a good option to meet his goals.

After two years of training at Burbank Krav Maga Luis has amazed his doctors, and continues to improve his skills and knowledge of self-defense. He has recently completed the Level One Instructor’s course. He hopes that by teaching Krav Maga principles to others he in turn will gain a deeper understand of natural principles, and by educating others on its applied effectiveness in self-defense he in turn may grow as a practitioner. Luis continues moving forward steadily towards his goals of becoming a black belt in Krav Maga. Luis is fifty five (55) years young today, and looks forward to training for many years to come.

Chris Dyer

Assistant Instructor

Chris Dyer

Chris first experimented with martial arts at a young age, practicing Tae Kwon Do and later on High School Wrestling. Growing up with family in law enforcement, he understood the importance of self-defense and was inspired to train in a self-defense system that was proven and highly effective in real world threats. This search for the most effective system brought Chris to Krav Maga. He believes Krav Maga's core principles prepares you with the mindset, psychology, and strategies to protect yourself and your family from the realities of violence. Krav Maga has become part of his lifestyle committing to pursue his Black Belt, and to never stop learning new techniques. This passion has driven him to help and empower all students to discover that they also have the capabilities and mindset to protect themselves and loved ones.