Kru Dan Novak
EMA Toronto Owner & Head Instructor
Dan Novak is currently serving as EMA Toronto Owner & Head Instructor, as well as Lead Instructor for the Krav Maga Association of Canada.
Dan is a lifelong student of Martial Arts. Throughout his life he has participated in various forms of combat sports such as Karate, Kickboxing and Grappling. Before founding Elite Martial Arts Toronto, Dan spent 14 years working as a Correctional Officer for the Province of Ontario. It was through his experience in this profession that Dan realized for a method of self-defense to be effective in the real world, an individual must train for real world situations. His search for a realistic form of self defense led him to Krav Maga. Dan is a 1st Degree Black Belt & an Expert Level 6 Krav Maga Instructor under Edward Wood of The Krav Maga Association of Canada. Dan is also actively involved in Muay Thai training and competition. He is a currently competes out of SiamNo1 Muay Thai and holds the Muay Thai rank of Blue Shorts. In addition, Dan has earned the highly regarded Muay Thai Instructor rank Kru under Ajahn Suchart of Siam.No1 Muay Thai.
Above and beyond any training and certifications that one can achieve from a Martial Arts school, Dan has an abundance of real world experience that he incorporates into his Krav Maga lessons. It would be a challenge to find an instructor who has more real world knowledge and experience than Dan. Many Instructors promote that they have trained those who work in the field of Law Enforcement, Military and Security. Dan has actually lived it. This is what separates himself from others in his field. He teaches based on real experiences, NOT theory. It is because of his real world experience, that he takes his teaching of others so personally. Every Krav Maga technique that Dan teaches has been real world tested and effective when put to use. Dan sincerely cares about the students he teaches and is willing to do all in his power to help them succeed and reach their individual training goals.
“Krav Maga is very effective! If anything, it’s more effective for self defense than MMA. Krav is practical and simple. The objective is to eliminate the threat, not dance around and flick out a couple of jabs. As a Correctional Officer at a maximum security prison, Krav trains me to defend myself in some of the most aggressive environments and prepares me for worst case scenarios. Leave your training needs in the hands of Instructor Novak. You will not be disappointed. He is a highly skilled Krav Maga Practitioner.” F. Larry, Correctional Officer
Operations Manager and Lead Instructor
Currently fulfilling the role of Operations Manager and Lead Instructor at Elite Martial Arts, Lawrence Chan has proven to be an integral part of the EMA Team. Lawrence has successfully met the high standards set forth by the Krav Maga Association of Canada, in earning his Advance Level 3 Krav Maga Instructor Certification. Most recently Lawrence has taken on an active role in the Muay Thai program offered at Elite and has earned the rank of Blue Shorts and the Instructor rank of Poo Choi Kru under Ajahn Suchart of SiamNo1.
In addition to his Krav Maga & Muay Thai credentials, Lawrence comes to our team with four years of high level competitive wrestling experience and is constantly involved in physical competitions of all varieties. He demonstrates a high level of skill & physical fitness that motivates students to reach their full potential in both his physical conditioning classes as well as his Krav Maga classes. Lawrence is devoted to building and pushing the standards of the student body of Elite Martial Arts to be a strong, effective and confident group of Martial Arts practitioners.
Lead Muay Thai Instructor
Elite Martial Arts Toronto is proud to welcome the newest Lead Instructor to our Team, Nadine Donald. Nadine is currently serving as our school’s Lead Instructor for the EMA-SiamNo1 Muay Thai program, along with EMA Owner and Head Instructor, Dan Novak.
Nadine comes to our school with a great variety of Martial Arts experience that makes her a true asset to our team. Before finding her way to Mauy Thai, Nadine acquired years of experience, holding the rank of Karate Brown Belt and an established Kickboxing background. When she arrived at SiamNo1 Muay Thai, she truly found her final calling in Martial Arts. She quickly worked her way up the rankings at SiamNo1. She possesses the rank of Muay Thai Blue Shorts and the instructor rank of Poo Choi Kru.
Along with her extensive Martial Arts credentials, she impressively won the “Student of the year” award at SiamNo1 in 2015. Her Muay Thai classes are a favorite among EMA students for her up-tempo, effective workouts. In addition to the excellent workouts, she possess the ability to clearly break down Muay Thai techniques so that skills can be effectively transferred from teacher to student. Students who attend her classes are excelling in our Muay Thai program and are also acquiring transferable skills that are making their Krav Maga techniques more proficient.
As Nadine continues to contribute her expertise and abilities to our school, our students will truly be the beneficiaries of the excellent Muay Thai classes she provides!
In addition to EMA Toronto’s Lead Instructors, our school has assembled a professional team of support staff that provide ongoing support to our students. Each of our support staff have been professionally selected and developed to provide our students the best possible instruction. All of our team members are required to pass the in-depth Instructor Certification course offered through The Krav Maga Association of Canada.
Our instructors have been closely examined & critiqued for both teaching proficiency and physical ability. In order to maintain the highest quality standards possible, instructors are closely monitored throughout their teaching careers. All of our school’s instructors are required to maintain their certifications through continuing education, training & enrollment in the KMC Instructor course under EMA Owner & Head Instructor Dan Novak and KMC Head Instructor Edward Wood.
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