EMA NORTH YORK OWNER/HEAD INSTRUCTOR
For years Lawrence has served as the Lead Instructor/Operations Manager at EMA Toronto (Downtown) under EMA Founder and Krav Maga Canada Lead Instructor Dan Novak. It was in this role that Lawrence acquired the experience and leadership skills required to successfully fulfill the role of Head Instructor. EMA North York is in very capable hands with Lawrence at the forefront of this excellent new training centre.
Lawrence has successfully met the high standards set forth by the Krav Maga Association of Canada, in earning both his Krav Maga Black Belt his Advance Level 4 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 possesses 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 his students to reach their full potential in both his physical conditioning classes as well as his Krav Maga & Muay Thai 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.
“I’ve been training with Lawrence and his team for the last 6 months and their passion and dedication to the success and individual goals of each student truly shines through in everything they do. Very positive and welcoming atmosphere. You will not be disappointed!”
– Craig W
NORTH YORK HEAD MUAY THAI INSTRUCTOR
EMA North York is proud to welcome Gavin Young as our Head Muay Thai Instructor. Gavin currently fulfills this role at our Mississauga location and will be happy to extend his Muay Thai teachings to the student body of our North York location.
Gavin arrives to EMA with a wealth of experience to draw from, both as a Muay Thai practitioner, competitor and experienced coach/corner man. Gavin currently holds the rank of Muay Thai Blue Shorts and the Instructor rank of Poo Choi Kru. He currently has 11 competitive Muay Thai fights to his name and counting. His most recent and highly regarded achievement came at the Canadian National Competition where he earned Gold for his class/division.
He is an active member of the SiamNo1 Fight Team and has had the fortunate opportunity to learn Muay Thai directly from Canada’s most notable Muay Thai instructor, Ajahn Suchart. Ajahn Suchart is considered the father of Muay Thai in Canada. Many of Canada’s best instructors and Muay Thai Champions trace their lineage directly from Ajahn.. Before acquiring years of Muay Thai experience, Gavin participated in Olympic style weight lifting and has medaled at the National level.
It is not only Gavin’s credentials that are truly impressive, it is his approach to teaching traditional Muay Thai that truly sets him apart from other Instructors. He takes a calculated and progressive approach to building up his student’s skill sets. This effective approach applies to both novice and experienced students alike. His classes are welcoming, high energy and beneficial to the EMA student body. EMA North York is very fortunate to have such an excellent instructor and individual overseeing our Muay Thai program.
NORTH YORK LEAD INSTRUCTOR
Maria Gonzalez comes to EMA North York as the youngest Krav Maga Instructor ever to be awarded the role of Lead Instructor at any Elite Martial Arts Training Centre. This prestigious position at our school has respectfully been earned through a work ethic that comes second to none, as well as a passion for Krav Maga, Muay Thai and Martial Arts in general. Having been trained and certified directly under EMA Founder and KMC Lead Instructor Dan Novak, Maria has obtained a very unique Martial Arts skills set. She has a primary proficiency in Krav Maga hand to hand combat but has recently devoted herself to specializing in Weapons Defense training (also through EMA’s Krav Maga program).
Her credentials speak volumes to the devotion she has put forth to her training and development. She is an Advance Level Krav Maga practitioner and certified KMC Instructor. In addition, Maria has achieved the Muay Thai rank of Blue shorts and Instructor rank of Poo Choi Kru under Ajahn Suchart of SiamNo1. Maria’s commitment to training and teaching was recognized by her being awarded the 2016 “Fighting Spirit Award” jointly through Elite Martials and Krav Maga Canada.
Maria’s classes are fast paced, energetic and create a positive training environment. EMA North York is proud to bring Maria on board as our Lead Instructor!