Our Instructors

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Dave Kovar, Founder and Chief Training Officer
Dave Kovar founded Kovar’s Martial Arts in 1978. An internationally renowned instructor with black belt degrees in ten different martial arts styles, Dave is recognized as a “Trainer of Trainers.”

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Collective Experience

The backgrounds of our instructors are diversified among many martial arts styles. They include:

  • Kenpo/Karate
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Capoeira
  • Mixed Martial Arts
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Escrima
  • Okinawan Kobudo
  • Jeet Kune Do
  • Iaido
  • Doce-Pares

Alma Grimshaw

Carmichael

Head Instructor

Vincent Bardini

Carmichael

Program Director

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Noah Ondracek

Carmichael

Instructor

Nick Lim

Carmichael

Instructor

Patrick Kelly

Elk Grove - Laguna

Head Instructor

Jason Duarte

Elk Grove - Laguna

Instructor

Leigha Aguinaga

Elk Grove - Laguna

Program Director

Jeramy Sipes

Elk Grove-Waterman

Head Instructor

Lara Riggan

Elk Grove-Waterman

Program Director

Tim Leard

Elk Grove-Waterman

Instructor

Gordon Schroeder

Fair Oaks

Head Instructor

Jacquelyn Blevins

Fair Oaks

Program Director

Chris Caswell

Fair Oaks

Instructor

Mark Caswell

Granite Bay

Head Instructor

Gretchen Vargas

Granite Bay

Program Director

Chad Shepherd

Roseville

Head Instructor

Kim Ondracek

Roseville

Program Director

Brad Renton

Sacramento - Pocket

Head Instructor

Lynn Castaneda

Sacramento - Pocket

Program Director

Sutter Sieglitz

Sac - Natomas

Head Instructor

Ilya Mir

Sac - Natomas

Program Director