I decided from time to time I would put up something about one of the members of the group so you (the 20 or so readers) could see who is in KSMA and what makes us tick.
This time it is KSMA noob, Craig Gray.
Craig combines over 30 years of martial arts experience as instructor, competitor, and student with many real life situations to bring you a program that has a strong foundation, benefiting the beginning and advanced student alike. He treats people with respect and as individuals and is able to help each student bring out the best in themselves and their training.
Craig is a certified Krav Maga instructor with Israli Krav International (IKI) and one of only three instructors in the U.S. who can award rank in the system. Craig has the distinction of being the Official Personal Defense Subject Matter Expert for Frontlines of Freedom Military - Veteran Talk Radio Show and is an adjunct instructor teaching defensive tactics and warrior ethics at the Homeland Security and Protective Services academy within the Gerald R. Ford Job Corps in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Craig is also the head instructor for Her Survival Guide, which is an organization that teaches empowerment skills, risk management and conflict resolution skills to women across the United States.
Craig holds black belt status in various other styles and has been certified to instruct in numerous systems. He has practiced many different traditional and contemporary styles including Praying Mantis Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Tae-kwon-do, Karate, Jeet Kune Do, Kickboxing, Boxing, Submission Wrestling, Silat, Budo Tai Jitsu, Kali, numerious military and law enforcement tactical systems, Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.
Over the years, Craig has trained all over the world with many different instructors including: his father Tom Gray, Master Yen Hoa Lee, Caique, Royce Gracie, Rorion Gracie, Rickson Gracie, Carlson Gracie Jr., Rob Masko, Bob Barss, Mark Good, Tae Park, Hae Man Park, Mushtaq Ali, Jack Hoban, Moshe Katz, Buzz Smith, Dan Inosanto, Larry Hartsell and Evan Pantazi to name a few. Some of these people he has studied with for years others only a few times but all have made an impact on him.
Some organizations that Craig has worked with: The Amway Corp., Hope Network, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Comstock Park Public Schools, Crestion Christian Schools, Spart Community Education, Walker Seniors Association, Alligan County Sheriffs Dept., YMCA, YWCA, Riverfront Fitness Center, Cascade Engineering, Girl Scouts of America and WestSide Fitness where Craig is now holding civilian classes. Craig is also currently teaching defensive tactics and warrior ethics at the Homeland Security and Protective Services academy within the Gerald R. Ford Job Corps in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Craig recently learned received the word that the 8 hour Krav Maga Self Defense for Law Enforcement program that he developed has been officially accepted, approved and certified by MCOLES (Michigan Commission of Law Enforcement Standards) for the State of Michigan Law Enforcement and Correctional Officers. Courses with this certification count toward the officers mandatory yearly MCOLES training in the State of Michigan.
Contact Craig via his webpage if you are interested in what he has to offer. Ronin Martial Arts