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We are proud to be Central Ohio's largest, highest-ranking staff of certified Krav Maga instructors.

We also bring years of varied experience to our expertise, including CrossFit, yoga, wrestling, MMA, Olympic boxing, and much more. Whether your goal is to lose a few pounds, or to reach Krav Maga Black Belt, or anything in between, our friendly, experienced staff can help you get there.

We are passionate about making our members healthier and safer. But above all, we're normal folks just like you. Meet our family...

Melissa BlaymanMELISSA BLAYMAN
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Melissa's experience in hybrid martial arts makes her a well-rounded instructor with a background in both Krav Maga and Muay Thai. This background inspires and supports her leadership of our blended martial arts program for youth. Melissa is currently training to become one of the first Scandinavian Defendo certified instructors in the United States.

Melissa's Certifications: USKMA Certified Krav Maga Instructor, Foundation Krav Maga Certified Krav Maga instructor, CrossFit Level 1 certified trainer, CrossFit Kids certified trainer, CORE-MMA Level 1 certified instructor, Scandinavian Defendo Hard Target certified practitioner


TRAVIS HAYNES

After having already achieved a brown belt in a traditional form of Japanese Jiu Jitsu, Travis Haynes discovered Gracie Jiu Jitsu around 1993. At that time the highest ranking belt in his entire state was a 2 stripe blue belt. This was the dark ages in the Midwest for BJJ, and proper instruction was scarce. So it wasn't a rare thing for Travis to work all week and train locally, then take his one day off to drive a round trip from Indianapolis, Indiana, to cities as far away as St. Louis Missouri, just to take a private lesson and a group class with a certified black belt, then get in his car and drive back that same night.

Travis also made it a point to train with as many different high level coaches, competitors, and masters as possible.This was a risky endeavor, as this was also the era when training with people from other gyms could literally get you put in the hospital! Jiu Jitsu techniques in those days were treated like Government secrets, and the rival teams maintained a bitter animosity towards one another. But it was precisely this disregard for this old taboo that gave him such a jump on so many other young coaches as he would see 4, 5, or 6 variations of the same technique being taught by other instructors who had only been exposed to 1. This also led to his appreciation for leg locks, and other grappling arts such as Sambo.

Travis' Certifications: 2nd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Black Belt in Judo, former Ohio Representative for American Sambo Association

 


MARK KNIGHT

Mark is a certified personal trainer, bodybuilder, and Columbus firefighter. He loves the discipline of training hard and dieting, and feels all true personal goals can be achieved with effort, dedication, and drive.

Mark's Certifications: USKMA Certified Krav Maga Instructor, Foundation Krav Maga 1st Degree Black Belt


PAMELA "RED" MARVIN

Red came to OKM in 2009 with a background in Kenpo Karate and Ashtanga Yoga. She brings a varied background to the OKM family that makes her invaluable on the frontlines and on the training floor. When she is not keeping us organized at the front counter, she is teaching CardioMMA or working with our visually impaired students in a Krav Maga class. She enjoys making the knowledge of health, fitness and personal safety readily available to our community and plays a valuable role in hosting our monthly Women’s Self Defense seminars.

Red's Certifications: USKMA Certified Krav Maga Instructor


KEITH MILLER

Keith has been a part of the OKM family for over 5 years. He has a passion for CrossFit that has helped him lose over 70 pounds! He is currently training to advance to Krav Maga level 3.

Keith's Certifications: USKMA Certified Krav Maga Instructor, Foundation Krav Maga Certified Krav Maga Instructor, CrossFit Level 1 certified trainer

PAUL MURRAY

Paul first joined the OKM family as a member in 2008. He successfully completed his Level 5 Krav Maga test in 2012 and is currently training to obtain his Black Belt. In addition to being a United States Krav Maga Association certified Krav Maga Instructor, he is also a certified CrossFit Instructor, versed in the Alexander method of SMR, and rank 4 in Balintawok Escrima. As someone who loves practicing and teaching Krav Maga, he is excited when anyone wants to learn from him and looks forward to seeing you in the gym!

Paul's Certifications: USKMA Certified Krav Maga Instructor, CrossFit Level 1 certified trainer

Jerry Page

JERRY PAGE

Jerry was the light-welter wt. on the 1984 U.S. Olympic Team. Before that Jerry had an extremely impressive amateur career (101-30) in which he was a six time golden glove champion, three time parade all American, the number two ranked light welter weight in the World for two years, National sports festival champion, and the 1983 Pam Am games silver medalist. As an amateur Jerry won the prestigious State of Ohio Governor's Award and was inducted into the Columbus City Hall of Fame.

In 1984 Jerry was invited to the Olympic boxing trials for the U.S. team. At the trials Jerry went 5-1 to win gold and become a member of one of the strongest U.S. boxing teams in history.

Jerry was on the U.S. team with Evander Holyfield, Terrel Biggs, Henry Tilman, Virgil Hill, Frank Tate, Mark Breland, Pernel Whitacre, Meldrick Taylor, Steve McCrory, Robert Shannon and Paul Gonzales.

At the Olympics Jerry went undefeated and won the Gold for the U.S.!! After the Olympics Jerry turned professional and went 11-4 before injuries shortened his career.

Jerry retired in 1990 and has since coached and trained many amateur as well as professional fighters and has been in the corner for six World Championship bouts. Jerry is highly regarded as a coach and trainer in boxing cirlces and is highly sought after for his coaching skills by fighters throughout the country.

Terri Rosen

TERRI ROSEN
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A graphic designer by trade, Terri’s passion for physical fitness eventually led her to pursue certifications in teaching self defense and fitness. Over the course of her more than 6 years with OKM, Terri has climbed the ropes from Level 1 student, to instructor, to marketing manager and finally to owner. Terri earned the second Black Belt ever awarded to a female in the USKMA. She earned her 2nd degree Black Belt in October of 2013 from Foundation Krav Maga. She is also an experienced CrossFit competitor, having competed as an individual at the regional level in 2010. Terri is currently training to become one of the first Scandinavian Defendo certified instructors in the United States.

Terri's Certifications: USKMA Certified 1st Degree Black Belt Krav Maga Instructor, Foundation Krav Maga Certified 2nd Degree Black Belt Krav Maga Instructor, CrossFit CFL2 certificate holder, CrossFit Kids certified trainer, USAW, CF Mobility, Yoga Alliance 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certified, CORE-MMA Level 1 certified instructor, Scandinavian Defendo Hard Target certified practitioner

 

 
     

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