Mr. Allen had numerous Black Belts in different styles, but the studio was founded on Chun Kuk Do (Universal Way) – Chuck Norris’s system of karate. Mr. Allen tested into Chun Kuk Do as a Third Degree Black Belt, with Mr. Norris being the head judge.
Mr. Allen founded the Foothills Karate Studio in Tucson, AZ and taught both adults and children for many years.
After approximately 25 years, the studio was sold to Mr. Howard when Mr. Allen moved to the east coast with his wife. Krav Maga was then incorporated as a system of self defense for adults.
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Mr. Howard left behind a team of very well-prepared, professional black belts to carry on the name of Krav Maga into the future.
Our passion to teach people how to defend themselves in an increasingly dangerous environment, lives on.
We are preparing the new generation of black belts and expanding our ever-growing programs to include boxing fitness, kettlebells, tactical gun, and Krav Fit – a workout that incorporates CrossFit with Krav Maga.
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Owner, 2nd Degree Black Belt
I have always wanted to learn martial arts. Ever since I was a little girl and watched Bruce Lee movies, I wanted to be able to defeat those who tried to hurt me. I did not get to practice martial arts until I started high school and instead of regular PE, we were taught Tae Kwon Do.
I practiced it for two years until I moved to a different high school, and then went on to college. In college I met the man who would become my husband, an exchange student from Southern Oregon University. We got married, and I came to live in the United States. I had two beautiful boys and was a stay-at-home mom. I felt safe and protected having my husband around. Especially after he joined the Border Patrol and we came to live to Arizona in July of 2004.
He taught me how to load and shoot a gun, but that was the extent of what I thought was “self-defense.”
We lived in a small town where 7 out of my 10 neighbors were agents. We all knew each other, so I still felt safe even when he was gone to work.
Unfortunately my husband was killed in the line of duty in a single-vehicle rollover accident in November of 2006. It was one week after my 26th birthday, and my sons were 3 and 6 years old. There was no more safety for me. I knew that if we were attacked, it would be up to me to protect myself and my children. I had to be prepared.
I moved to Tucson and joined The Ultima for their Krav Maga program. I was very attracted to it because it did not have any “forms” or “katas.” After two years practicing Tae Kwon Do, nobody had told me what to do if someone attacked me with a knife, or if I was being choked. I learned that within the first hour of joining The Ultima. I attended all my classes at the East side, three times per week and was able to test to level 2 after only 4 months training. In reality I felt safer after three weeks of Krav, than I had ever felt after 2 years in Tae Kwon Do.
The following spring I was offered a position as an instructor. I felt honored that I would be teaching others such an important skill! I trained under Mark Slane, CEO of the United States Krav Maga Association, along with 6 other very talented young instructors. I felt humbled and honored to train with them. When the level 2 instructor training opportunity came up, I did not doubt it for a minute.
So there I was on my way up, learning more and more ways to protect myself and my loved ones. I became majority owner in September of 2011 and continued my training as a student. Always a student, sometimes a teacher. As of April of 2014, I and three other very talented instructors who I am proud to call my friends, obtained our Black Belts in Krav Maga under USKMA. It was an amazing experience to say the least. I never thought I could accomplish it, but with their encouragement and lots of hard work, I did it. We did it.
I am also a Certified NRA and Kali instructor, and I obtained my 2nd Degree Black Belt in April of 2016.
Level 2 Krav Maga Instructor
Howard has trained in Okinowan Shorin-Ryu karate. He was a career Air Force officer, serving 22 years and retiring in 2000. He also worked for Raytheon, leaving in 2010. He has been training in Krav Maga at the Ultima since 2011.
In addition to the benefits of training for self-protection, he has found the improvement in fitness and conditioning to be life changing.
Bryan Sellars has a second degree black belt in Chun Kuk Do. He has been practicing martial arts for 27 years, and has been teaching children and adults for 21 years. He is a firm believer in hard work, consistency and discipline. His skills in the most advanced kicking and sparring techniques, paired with impressive communication skills will help kids and adults comprehend the dynamics of fighting. He has also studied BJJ, Muay Thai, and Boxing.
John started his Krav Maga training in September 2013, he passed his third level test in 2016 and is currently working towards his fourth level. He started working at Ultima Krav Maga in 2015 and became an instructor in 2016.
In John’s words: “I was very humbled when I started my Krav Maga training at the Ultima. I did not know what Krav Maga was when I walked in. I did not even realize it was a self defense system. I was looking for some cross training to supplement my running. I quickly fell in love with the discipline and the confidence that came with the training. I found the instructors to be skilled and patient. With consistency and hard work I soon found myself in the best shape of my life. I found a confidence that spread into many areas of my life. My goal is to help others achieve their potential and to pass on what I have learned.”