Ernie Kirk

Head Instructor


Ernie is the U.S. Representative for Krav Maga from Wingate Institute, Netanya Israel (Birthplace of Krav Maga)

He holds a 5th 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.

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Anne Kirk

Anne Kirk is the Director of Women’s Self Protection for Krav Maga Universal.  She has pioneered a Women’s Self Protection program teaching women from 4 to 84  that they are worth protecting.  She believes the first line of self protection is knowing that you are worth protecting.

Anne is a certified Krav Maga instructor with Krav Maga Universal and a graduate of Wingate Institutes Krav Maga program in Israel. She has been asked to lead Women’s Self Defense Seminars throughout the United States, as well as invited as an instructor to teach men and women how to use the body’s structure to improve self defense training.

Anne has a vast background in body mechanics and movement.  She earned her BA in Dance in 2004 (Goucher College), and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2010 (Temple University).  Anne has continued her study of human movement becoming certified in Selective Functional Movement Systems, Barefoot Training, and Kettlebell coaching through Strong First.

Beyond teaching Women’s Self Protection, Anne assists local law enforcement and military with scenario based training, practices Physical Therapy, and facilitates advancements and improvements in self defense education via her Facebook group and page The Female Collective, and her blog which can be found on her website www.principlemovement.com. Anne is also one of the core instructors for numerous International Krav Maga Camps where she teaches alongside former Special Forces, professional fighters, and Counter Terrorism professionals from the USA, Israel, UK and Italy.

Most recently, Anne was honored to accept a position on the board of directors for The American Women's Self Defense Association.  

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Dion

Dion is a U.S. Government contractor. He has served the Department of Defense as a Chief Instructor responsible for providing comprehensive pre-deployment education and training. Dion has lead a Cadre of Instructors from various military and law enforcement backgrounds.

Previously, Dion was involved in multiple Protective Operation deployments to Libya, Egypt, Haiti, South Africa, Madagascar, the Middle East, Russia and Latin America. As a Team leader he was responsible for all aspects of mission planning and execution. Additional duties included organization and execution of training evolutions. Dion served as a Personal Security Specialist (PSS) in support of atmospheric collection. Dion conducted covert missions in High Threat and Uncertain Environments. Frequently Dion 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, Surveillance Detection Routes, Self Protection, Offensive Edged Weapons, De-escalation of Conflict, Urban Area Land Navigation and Area Familiarizations / Site Assessments.


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Jerry Berkowitz

Jerry began his training in Krav Maga with Ernie Kirk in 2002, and in May 2012 earned his Black Belt, and continues to train on a regular basis.  In 2015 he earned his 2nd Degree Black Belt in Krav Maga.  He is a Level 4 certified instructor under Krav Maga Universal.  Jerry has a wrestling background and has been studying Aikido for the past several years. Jerry promotes Krav Maga because Krav Maga is about self-defense only; it is not a sport.  Jerry integrates wrestling with Aikido and Krav Maga to provide a balanced and effective self-defense capability.

A 1975 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA), Boston University (MBA), and Villanova University School of Law (JD), Jerry has practiced law for the past 32 years as a commercial litigator, has been married for over 38 years, and has two adult children.

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Assistant Instructors

CURT NORCINI

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Curt Norcini holds the level of 3rd degree Black Belt, under the supervision and instruction of Ernie Kirk and Krav Maga Universal (KMU). He also holds a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jujitsu. He attained his Krav Maga Instructor Certification in October of 2009 and is currently a Krav Maga instructor at KMU and Kirk’s Martial Arts in Glen Mills, PA. Curt has assisted in the training of US Homeland Security personnel (Philadelphia Office), the West Chester Police Department and The Chester County Regional SWAT team. He has also assisted with instruction at United States Air Force, Air Advisor Academy, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ. And has participated in training as OPFOR for Tier 1 operators and law enforcement. Curt has also instructed in numerous seminars in the area of Women’s Self Defense. He is certified by the NRA – Pistol, Basic PPOTH and Advanced PPOTH. Curt has lectured in the topic of Self- Defense vs. Retribution- Use of Force for Krav Maga Instructors at the 2013 PMA Martial Arts Symposium in Orlando Florida. He also sits on the Advisory Board of KMU and NW Self-Defense Education. Professionally, Curt is a board member of the Chester County Bar Association and the Chester County Bar Foundation, a Solicitor to the Chester County Register of Wills, Assistant Solicitor and Treasurer to the Republican Committee of Chester County and a practicing Criminal Defense attorney and founding partner at the Omnis Law Group, LLC in Media, Pennsylvania.

PHIL LAPLANTE

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Phil Laplante has studied the martial arts and various self-protection systems for more than 30 years.  For the last 17 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 instructor certification and in 2012 he earned his Black Belt in Krav Maga under the supervision of Ernie Kirk.  In 2015 he earned his 2nd Degree Black Belt in Krav Maga.  Again, under the supervision of Ernie Kirk.  He is a Level 4 certified instructor under Krav Maga Universal.  He has also earned rank in Aikido and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and continues to practice these arts.  Phil is Professor of Software and Systems Engineering at Penn State where his research interests include software and systems security. He is married with two children.

MICHAEL HUTCHINSON

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Mike has been training in Aikido for almost 20 years.  He holds the rank of Yondan (4rd degree blackbelt) as recognized by the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Japan.  He has been teaching Aikido at all levels for more than eight years.  He is a certified Aikido Instructor (Shidoin).  He is also a certified instructor in Aikido for Law Enforcement.  Mike is a Black Belt in Krav Maga with Krav Maga Universal. He also trains regularly in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is currently a blue belt.  During the day, Mike is a Director with a local pharmaceutical company.  He is married with four children.

MARC GROBMAN

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Marc D Grobman, DO

Marc Grobman, known as “Doc”, has been studying Krav Maga with Mr Kirk since February of 2016.  In that time, he has attained the rank of 2nd degree Blue Belt.  He has attended numerous seminars and has assisted with demonstrations of Krav Maga  for the community with Anne Kirk.  He has also been studying Aikido with Assistant Instructor, and newly awarded Black Belt, Michael Hutchison for the past 2 ½ years and recently attained 6th Kyu ranking.  Dr Grobman has a successful medical practice in Wilmington, DE and is married with three children.

LEN HANSELL

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Len has trained in traditional Korean martial arts (Hapkido, Taekwondo, Wing Chun) for over 25 years and currently holds the rank of 4th Dan Black Belt in Hapkido and Taekwondo.  He earned his 1st degree Black Belt in Krav Maga as well as Level-2 Krav Maga Instructor certification under the supervision of Ernie Kirk at KMU where he continues to train to enhance his self-defense skills.  As a certified instructor, he continues to teach children and adults of all ages and backgrounds.  

Professional Experience

Len has a master’s degree in Architecture and is a certified systems engineer and is currently the Director of Technology and Security for a local organization and has worked for NASA, Microsoft and several other fortune 500 companies as well as owning/operating a small business for 14 years.  He is married and has two children.