Meet Our Family
Our team brings years of varied experience to our expertise, including CrossFit, yoga, wrestling, MMA, Olympic boxing, and we are proud to be Central Ohio’s largest, highest-ranking staff of certified Krav Maga instructors. We are passionate about making our members healthier and safer, but above all, we’re regular folks just like you. Meet our family:
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: Foundation Krav Maga Certified Krav Maga instructor, USKMA Certified Krav Maga Instructor, CrossFit Level 2 certificate holder, CrossFit Kids certified trainer, CORE-MMA Level 1 certified instructor, Scandinavian Defendo Hard Target certified practitioner
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: Foundation Krav Maga Certified 2nd Degree Black Belt Krav Maga Instructor, USKMA Certified 1st Degree Black Belt Krav Maga Instructor, CrossFit Certified Trainer (CF-L3), 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
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 circles and is highly sought after for his coaching skills by fighters throughout the country.
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
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
Dustin is a product of our very own program. He has been part of the OKM family for most of his life, and we are proud to have him head up the youth classes at OKM.
Dustin’s Certifications: Foundation Krav Maga Certified Krav Maga Instructor