Ernie is the U.S. Representative for Krav Maga from Wingate Institute, Netanya Israel (Birthplace of Krav Maga)
He holds a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Krav Maga, 6th in TKD, 5th in Hapkido, Black Belts in Goju Kai and Judo.
Certifications through Wingate include: Senior Instructor, Military Instructor Certification, Security & Close
Protection Certification, Children’s Instructor, was featured instructor at International Krav Maga Seminar at
Wingate Institute and received recognition for efforts and teaching Krav Maga in America. Wingate is solely
responsible for providing self-protection instructors to all combat Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) units. Mr. Kirk is the
only American instructor recognized by Wingate with authority to certify others using the Wingate curriculum.
Mr. Ernie Kirk is the Lead Self Protection Instructor, USAF Air Advisor Academy (AFAAA), Joint Base McGuire-
Dix-Lakehurst, NJ. In this position, Mr. Kirk is responsible for developing and providing tailored pre-deployment
self-protection curriculum to all students attending USAAAA. The AFAAA mission is to support all services and
students are comprised of active duty, reserve, and DAF civilians selected to support execution of DoD missions
worldwide and in all threat conditions. His experience and expertise was instrumental in the creation of the USAF
Air Advisor Academy’s proprietary Self Protection curriculum and the Air Education Training Command (AETC)
instructor certification process.
Mr. Kirk was charged with self-protection instructor development of other AFAAA cadre as well select personnel
from other military and law enforcement units identified to provide this necessary skill set upon certification. Mr.
Kirk's extensive knowledge of combatives and real world experience made him instrumental in refining and
operationalizing the AFAAA Flight Deck Denial training module. Mr. Kirk has been personally selected for his
professionalism and adaptability to lead Mobile Training Teams to deliver Self-Protection and Flight Deck Denial
education and training to select DOD personnel. Mr. Kirk is Lead Instructor for Flight Deck Denial and frequently
instructs Special Operations Military Personel. He is also part of a Mobile Training Team specifically designed for
SOPEs (Special Operations Planning Exercises).
Other key positions and accomplishments of Mr. Kirks include being a charter member of instructors certified to
teach Israeli based Krav Maga's self-protection system in the United States. He was "Train-the-Trainer" for both
Law Enforcement and civilians for Krav Maga Worldwide, the largest Krav Maga organization in the U.S. during
this period. Finally, he was selected as the Director Krav Maga Worldwide Advisory Board.
D is the Fieldcraft Chief Instructor responsible for providing comprehensive pre-deployment education and training to students of the USAF Air Advisor Academy located at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. He leads a Cadre of Instructors from various military and law enforcement backgrounds.
D has been a Team member of multiple Protective Operations deployments to Libya, Egypt, Haiti, South Africa, Madagascar, the Middle East and Latin America. As a Team leader, D was responsible for all aspects of mission planning and execution. Additional duties included organization and execution of training evolutions. D has served as a Personal Security Specialist (PSS) in support of atmospheric collection. He has conducted covert missions in High Threat and Uncertain Environments. Frequently D would advise, train and assist host nation partners. He was responsible for the collection, analysis, and execution of actionable atmospheric data within the area of operations.
ASSIGNMENTS/ WORK EXPERIENCE
1. More than 20 operational deployments in support of U.S. Government operations and private contracts
2. Advised and trained partner nations
3. Delivered combat skills pre-deployment education and training to thousands of Department of Defense personnel
4. Developed comprehensive curriculum currently utilized by the Department of Defense. Subjects include: High Threat Driving, Flight Deck Denial / Aircraft Security, Uncertain Environment Urban Maneuver Tactics, Advanced Combatives, Tactical Pistol, Tactical Carbine, Concealed Carry Weapons, Surveillance Detection Routes, Self Protection, Offensive Edged Weapons, De-escalation of Conflict, Urban Area Land Navigation and Area Familiarizations / Site Assessments.
NICOLE L. OLDHAM
OIC EXECUTIVE PROTECTION UNIT FOR GOV. JACK MARKELL,
DELAWARE STATE POLICE; DOVER, DE (JAN 2013 – PRESENT)
Conduct threat assessments and logistical planning of engagements related to
Public and private events for the First Family.
Work with the United States Secret Service detail for events involving VP.
Biden’s trips to his home state as well as affairs that involve his attendance with
our First Family.
SERGEANT, DELAWARE STATE POLICE; TROOP 7 D-SHIFT, LEWES,
DE (JULY 2011 – PRESENT)
Implement approved policies and procedures ensuring that officers have clear
guidelines of authority and responsibility
COLISION RECONSTRUCTION UNIT FOR SUSSEX COUNTY,
DELAWARE STATE POLICE; LEWES, DE (MAY 2007 – JULY 2011)
PATROL TROOPER, DELAWARE STATE POLICE, LEWES, DE (JULY
2002 – MAY 2007)
Field training officer
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Leadership in Police Organizations-DSP Academy
DSP Trainer Advisor Counselor-DSP Academy
Field Training Officers Training-DSP Academy
Officer Survival and Ground Fighting-DSP Academy
D.S.P. Homicide Conference-Poly Tech
Characteristics of Armed Persons-Dover PD
Sexual Predator Training Investigation and Interviewing-Beebe Hospital
Human Factors-Wilmington University
S.T.O.P.S -Advanced Instructor Pro-Train
Patrol Procedures- DSPFTU- Adjunct Instructor
Force on Force- DSPFTU- Adjunct Instructor
DSP Field Training Officer
Certified Krav Maga Law Enforcement Instructor-Trainer, Krav Maga Worldwide.
Certified Force Training Instructor Krav Maga Universal
Executive Protection Advanced Detail and Movements - Kentucky State Police
Crisis Intervention Team Certification
Female Enforcers - Caliber Press
Advanced Threat Recognition and Reaction - Kentucky State Police
FISTS- Female Involved Strategies and Tactics of Survival - Owner-Operator
Training for women in Law enforcement (2013 - Present)
Drew is an instructor under Ernie Kirk, he has trained in Krav Maga under Ernie Kirk for two and a half years and
counting.. In addition to Krav Maga he's been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for around two and a half years, and has
even trained under Vitor "Shaolin" Ribiero. Also Drew has trained with Kaensak Sor Ploenjit who has held
numerous champion titles in the Muy Thai. He is currently an instructor and even received his black belt in the
premier martial arts systems from Ernie Kirk.
Curt began his Krav Maga training in 2005. He currently holds the rank of 1st degree Black Belt, under the supervision and instruction of Ernie Kirk. He is currently working to advance to the rank of 2nd degree Black Belt in July 2015. Curt obtained his instructor certification from Ernie Kirk in 2009 and is currently a basic and advanced Krav Maga instructor in Glen Mills. Curt has personally assisted in the training of U.S. Department of Homeland Security personnel, the West Chester Police Department and surrounding municipalities as well as the Chester County Emergency Response Team. He has also assisted with instructor development to the United States Air Force, Air Advisor Academy aboard Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. Curt has led and assisted in numerous seminars in the area of Women's Self Defense and Self Protection. Curt has lectured on the topic of Self-Defense vs. Retribution and Use of Force for Krav Maga Instructors at the 2013 PMA Martial Arts Symposium in Orlando, FL.
Professionally, Curt is Solicitor to the Chester County Register of Wills, Assistant Solicitor to the Republican Committee of Chester County and a practicing Criminal Defense attorney and partner at the firm of Musi, Malone & Daubenberger, LLP, located in West Chester, PA.
Has been teaching for over 30 years, Athena specializes in women's self- protection and empowerment
training including the featured instructor for the Women's Republican Party of Chester Co.
First female to ever hold the title of Menkyo Shihan/ Master level in Combat Ki.
Only female in a 3 person team that ran a course that subcontracted to a close protection/ body guard
Frequently works with Law Enforcement Agencies (including local, state and federal agencies) on restraint
and control techniques, stress training, use of force and defensive tactics.
Participates with Chester County Police Departments when they conduct their high stress incidents training.
As a Chester County 911 dispatcher she has responded to many critical incidents on the County's
Emergency Response being the only police dispatcher to respond to the shooting in Lancaster at the Amish
Menkyo Shihan (Master level) in Juko kai Combat Ki
Godan (5th degree black belt) in Shorin Ryu Karate
Godan(" " " ") in Kokusai Juko Ryu Kobudo Kumiai ( tradional Okinawan weapons)
Shodan (1st degree black belt) in Kokusai Ryukyu Toide Kumiai ( hard line throws and
Menkyo Kyoshi(Master level) in Shinjo Ryu Iaijutsu ( traditional Samurai sword )
Krav Maga Instructor
Sean Clark has been studying martial arts for more than 15 years. Sean began training in 1998 in Tae Kwon Do and received his Black Belt in 2002. Sean sought to further his skills in martial arts and self defense and began training Krav Maga in 2010. In 2013 he earned his Black Belt under Ernie Kirk and his most senior instructors. Sean earned his Krav Maga Instructor Certification in 2014. Sean currently assists in weekly classes in Glen Mills.
Martial arts training is a family activity in the Clark household, with Sean's wife and children ALL holding ranks in Krav Maga. Outside of martial arts, Sean is recognized as a thought leader in the investment management community and is the Chief Investment Officer at Clark Capital Management Group. He frequently appears in financial print media, Bloomberg TV and CNBC. Sean also speaks regularly at investment industry conferences.
Mike Hutchinson has been training in Krav Maga since 2010. Mike has trained under Ernie Kirk for the past 3 -1/2 years. In 2014 he earned his Level 1 Instructor Certification. Mike has trained in Aikido for over 14 years. He currently holds the rank of 3rd degree Black Belt (Sandan) as recognized by the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Japan. Mike is a certified Aikido instructor with the Aikido World Alliance. Mike has been teaching Aikido at all levels for over 6 years. He is also a certified instructor in Aikido for Law Enforcement under the supervision of Richard Price. Professionally, Mike works as the R&D manager at Animas, a Johnson & Johnson Co., where his responsible for developing next generation diabetes management systems. Mike is married and blessed with four kids (2 sets of twins)!
Phil Laplante has studied the martial arts and various self-protection systems, for more than 30 years. For the last 12 years he has been training in Krav Maga and related disciplines with Ernie Kirk and his most senior instructors. In 2009 he earned his Krav Maga instructor certification. In 2012 he achieved the rank of Black Belt in Krav Maga under the supervision of Ernie Kirk. Additionally, Phil holds ranks in Aikido and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and continues to train these disciplines. When not teaching or training in Krav Maga, Phil is Professor of Software and Systems Engineering at Penn State University where his research interests include computer and software security
Jerry Berkowitz has been training in Krav Maga under Ernie Kirk since 2002. He has over 40 years of experience as a wrestler. Jerry currently holds the rank of Black Belt in Krav Maga and is certified by Ernie Kirk to train students at all levels. Jerry also assists in certifying instructors to teach Krav Maga. Jerry also holds rank in Aikido and continues to train in that discipline. Professionally, Jerry has been practicing law and business litigation for over 30 years.
Delia started training in kickboxing before starting Krav Maga. She decided to try Krav Maga to challenge herself in 2011 and never went back! In the spring of 2014 she travelled to Knoxville, TNto earn her Krav Maga Universal instructor certification. Delia has. assisted with a number of women’s self defense clinics and regular classes in Glen Mills.
When she isn’t training, Delia can be found at the gym, camping or at the beach, she is also a local entrepaneur, starting her own interior design company in 2015.
Stephen Boyle started training in Krav Maga in 2009. He achieved the rank of Black Belt under Ernie Kirk in July of 2013. Stephen received his level 1 teaching certification in 2014. In addition to Krav Maga, he trains in Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo. Stephen has attended numerous seminars with accredited instructors over the past 6 years. Stephen chooses a lifestyle of health and activity which he considers to be his greatest investment. Professionally, Stephen is a local union worker
Brian Schakel holds a Green Belt in Krav Maga. In order to earn, he had to endure a 14 hour test alongside students
testing for Black Belt. He is a certified level 1 instructor and has attended numerous self-defense seminars,
including Aikido for law enforcement, Defendo and Behavioral Based Threat Assessment. Brian has also trained in
and earned rank in Jeet Kune Do.
A Detroit, Michigan native, Brian has relocated 7 times throughout his career as an HR executive before moving
to Philadelphia (his new favorite city) in 2010. Despite his fondness for Philly sports teams, the Detroit Red Wings
will always be #1 in his heart. In between Krav classes, Brian is an Executive Vice President with an executive
recruiting firm and holds a B.A. in Political Theory and an M.A. in Human Resources Management & Labor
Relations from Michigan State University. Brian has a gorgeous wife and two beautiful daughters which makes him
passionate about Women's Self-Defense training.
Over the years, Bill Martin has been involved in the study of martial arts and self-protection systems to include Kyokyushinkai Karate, Boxing, Aikido and Krav Maga. Bill currently holds the rank of Black Belt in Krav Maga and is a certified instructor under the supervision of Ernie Kirk. Bill is a veteran and has honorably served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve. Bill attained the rank of Major. He has a B.A. in International Studies from the University of South Florida and an MBA from Columbia University. Currently, Bill runs a Krav Maga program in Normal, Illinois, directly affiliated with Ernie Kirk. He has conducted numerous self-defense and self-protection seminars for both women and mixed gender audiences.
Cy Sturgis has been practicing martial arts for over 25 years. Cy has a Black Belt in Krav Maga under Ernie Kirk, a 2nd degree Black Belt in American Eclectic Karate and a Brown belt in Cuong Nhu Asian Martial Arts. He is a veteran of the United States Army where he served in the Air Cavalry. When not practicing or teaching Krav Maga, Cy enjoys weightlifting, equestrian sports and shooting. Cy is currently president of Sabre IT, LLC, an IT consulting firm.
Will Schlucter has been practicing various martial arts for over 12 years. After 8 years of boxing experience, Will
began looking into other systems to round out his combative abilities; eventually incorporating Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
and Krav Maga into his studies. He was certified by Ernie Kirk as a Krav Maga Universal Instructor in 2013. In
addition to teaching Krav Maga, Will is an Assistant Instructor for the kids program at Main Line United BJJ, and
owns WillPower Strength and Conditioning in Ardmore, PA; where he specializes in kettlebell training, functional
fitness, weight loss and athletic development.