Kru Yai Dan Novak
EMA Toronto Owner & Head Instructor
Dan Novak is currently serving as EMA Toronto Owner & Head Instructor, as well as Krav Maga Director for the Martial Arts International Union (MAIU). In addition, he is contributing to the Muay Thai community, serving on the Naikhanomtom Association of Canada, assisting with teaching policies and fighter development for Canadian Muay Thai.
Dan is a lifelong student of Martial Arts. 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.
In addition to his extensive Krav Maga credentials, Dan boasts a very impressive Muay Thai resume. He has successfully competed in both local and international shows. He has received his Muay Thai training/education in both Canada and Thailand. In 2016, Dan earned the highly regarded Instructor rank Kru under Ajahn Suchart of Siam.No1 Muay Thai. He is among the quickest of individuals to earn this rank in Ajahn’s prestigious career. In 2022 his continued efforts and commitment were recognized with the ranking of Kru Yai.
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. To this day, Dan remains involved in the Law Enforcement community, training various Special Operations teams and Officers from a variety of municipalities. 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
EMA Toronto Senior Lead Instructor
Fulfilling the EMA Toronto Senior Lead Instructor is EMA’s own Matthew Bennett. In 2019 Matt became the first individual in the school’s history to receive the rank of 1st Degree Krav Maga Black belt and Expert level 6 Instructor from EMA Owner and Head Instructor, Dan Novak. In addition, Matt is also Muay Thai Blue Shorts.
Matt brings with him many years of Martial Arts and boxing experience. He has also established himself as a very successful actor in feature film and production. The combination of Matt’s life experiences, both professionally and in Martial Arts comes through in every class that Matt offers. He is well spoken and has the unique ability to understand the needs of each of his students and maximizes each student’s potential for success.
Matt has recently specialized his training in Weapons Defense techniques. Such techniques have played a vital role in Matt’s film career in various action roles he has obtained in both Movies and Television. His active interest in this area of Krav Maga training has developed him into one of the school’s most proficient weapons defense instructors. Matt his highly respected among EMA students and staff. Elite is extremely fortunate to have the services of Matt offered at our school.
For additional information on Matt, please visit his officially IMBD page
Senior Lead Instructor
EMA Toronto is very pleased to welcome a very experienced and decorated Senior Lead instructor Steve Warnica to our Krav Maga Team! Steve has over 15 years of Krav Maga experience. He has previously served as Lead Instructor and Manager at Wood’s Premier Martial Arts. In this role, Steve played an instramental role in training and instructor EMA Founder and Head instructor Dan Novak. Steve earned his Black Belt under Krav Maga Canada head Instructor Edward Wood. He is also a Muay Thai Blue Shorts under Kru Dan Novak.
Today Steve is leading high energy and educational Krav Maga group classes at Elite. Steve’s classes are among the most popular at the school and frequently get fully booked well in advance. This is a true reflection of his expertise and the enjoyable atmosphere he creates in each class. Not to be one to settle, Steve is still actively training, improving and growing his ever expanding Martial Arts resume. Elite is in a very fortunate position to welcome such highly trained and Martial Arts educated individual to our team.
Victoria is among the most talented students/instructors Elite has ever had enrolled in our program. In 2019 she was selected to begin training the MAIU Instructor courses and upon her successful completion of L1 and L2 training, she rapidly began accumulating in class teaching hours towards earning an L3 certification (A level usually achieved at the Black belt ranks!).
She is currently leading and assisting weekly classes in our Krav Maga program in addition to making herself available for private training. She is plays a vital role in Elite’s highly regarded and in-demand Women’s Self Defense workshops. She is living proof of the effectiveness of Krav Maga techniques. She takes a calculated and calm approach to her teaching that ensures all her students are able to take the information provided in her class, understand it and apply it. This is a trait that all high level instructors are expected to possess but Victoria is among the very best!
On tract to receive her Black belt in 2022, she continues to work hard in her training as well as helping our students reach their max potential.
KRAV MAGA DAY CLASS HEAD INSTRUCTOR
With experiences comes knowledge and Nick Valentino can serve as the personification of that expression. Nick comes to Elite with over 5 years Krav Maga experience. He is a Krav Maga Black Belt under EMA Founder/Head Instructor Dan Novak. Nick is also a Muay Thai Blue Shorts, which he earned while he was simultaneously training for his Black belt!
Perhaps even more valuable than his Martial Arts credentials is the fact that Nick has over 20 years of service as a provincial Correctional Officer. 5 of those years were spent as a shift partner to EMA’s Dan Novak. Nick brings a wealth of real world knowledge and experience to every class he teaches. When Nick provides his classes, students always leave with more knowledge than they had before class. Nick is a natural teacher who is still active in coaching youth soccer and is currently training fellow offices in staff training for the Ministry of Corrections. EMA Toronto is very fortunate to welcome such an experienced individual to our team who possesses real wold knowledge, in and out of the studio!
EMA Toronto has a long history of developing the very best Krav Maga students and Instructors not only locally in Toronto, but among all of North America. Over the years, Elite has taught and certified instructors all over the GTA, Canada and the USA. With such experience and large network of professional Instructors, being among the top percentage would be a massive accomplishment. Enter EMA Toronto’s own Jeff Gorrill.
Jeff came to the school little over 3 years ago with limited Martial Arts experience. Since then Jeff has enjoy the most rapid progression in the history of the school. Jeff currently holds an L3 Instructor Certification with the Martial Arts International Union and is scheduled to Black belt test in 2022.
Jeff is well spoken and precise when conducting his classes. Patient and encouraging with students, Jeff brings an energy and enthusiasm to his classes that is enjoyed and appreciated by our students. Recently Jeff tested for and achieved his L3 Instructor certification. His test results rivalled Black belts and first degree Black belts. With a bight teaching career ahead of head, Jeff has an extremely high ceiling and possesses all the intangibles to achieve anything he sets his mind to. Jeff is no doubt a huge part of the present and future of our school.
Kru Yai Matt McKillop
Head Instructor, EMA Fighter's Program
EMA Toronto finds itself in the VERY fortunate position to officially welcome Kru Matt MacKillop to our school as the Head Instructor of our fight class. The class is structured for advance level Muay Thai students and those who aspire to do competitive Muay Thai fighting. Kru Matt has done an excellent job in helping prepare our students to have successful showings in the ring. It is through Matt’s extensive Muay Thai experience that he provides each class a wealth of knowledge and skill to provide to our advance level students.
In addition to achieving the rank of Kru under legendary Muay Thai Master Ajahn Suchart, some of Matt’s most proudest Muay Thai accomplishments include fighting at both the amateur and professional level, representing Canada at IFMA (2 times and a bronze medal to his name). He has fought in Canada, Malaysia, Thailand and Sweden.
Elite is extremely fortunate to have Kru Matt as an integral additional to our Muay Thai program.
Kru Yai Harold Mah
Kru Harold Mah has been fighting, teaching, judging and referring in the art of Muay Thai and other traditional martial arts for over 10 years. He takes great pride in watching students develop and find the spirit they never knew they had in them. In his past Kru Harold has guided and trained high altitude trekkers throughout Nepal, Asia and summated Mt. Kilimanjaro. He is a three time Ironman and run marathons throughout North America.
“Never stop enjoying life and finding new experiences everyday.”
Kru Arash Kia
Kru Nadine Donald
Lead Muay Thai Instructor
Nadine Donald is currently serving as our school’s most senior Instructor for the EMA Muay Thai program.
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 highly regarded Instructor rank of 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 favourite 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!
EMA East Coast C0-Founder and Head Instructor
With great experience, comes great knowledge and nothing could be more true as it applies EMA East Coast Co-Founder and Head Instructor Fredrick Johnston! Fredrick has proven himself to an excellent Krav Maga practitioner, earning his Black Belt with the graduating class of 2018. Shortly thereafter, Fredrick co-founded EMA East Coast, proving Krav Maga and Fitness training to Canada’s East Coast Provinces. Fredrick currently holds the rank of Krav Maga Black Belt under EMA Founder Dan Novak and is an L4 Krav Maga Instructor with the Martial Arts International Union. In addition to his Krav Maga credentials, Fredrick is also a Muay Thai Blue Shorts, which he earned in 2016.
Fredrick takes his years of Martial Arts experience, as well as a patient and helpful approach in all of his classes. His lessons as well constructed, easy to follow and each of his classes provides our students a great learning environment to bring out the best in each of our students. EMA is very fortunate to have him on our team and we look forward to seeing where he takes his teaching career.
EMA East Coast Co-Founder and Head Instructor
Billie Johnston has established herself as a constant pillar in the EMA Community. In 2018 She received her Krav Maga Black belt from EMA Head Instructor Dan Novak. Billie is also a qualified L4 Krav Maga instructor with the MAIU, working towards one day receiving a first degree Black Belt.
In 2019 Billie successfully co-founded EMA East Coast, providing ongoing Krav Maga and Fitness workshops to communities in Canada’s eastern provinces. Billie has a great future with our organization. Both staff and students greatly appreciates all of Billie’s hard work and efforts.
EMA Toronto Manager/Lead Instructor, EMA Mobile Training Head Instructor
Greg Powell is one of EMA’s most senior students and Instructor. In fact Greg is the longest serving individual at the school in respect to service time in training! He is currently fulfilling the role of EMA Manager/Lead Instructor and is the Head Instructor for EMA’s mobile training service for corporate seminars and semi-private groups.
Greg holds the rank of Krav Maga Black Belt under EMA Founder Dan Novak and achieved his instructor qualifications through the Martial Arts International Union (MAIU). Greg takes his training and teaching very seriously. To prepare for his black belt exam, he completed SealFit, a 12 hour crucible event that is based off the infamous navy Seal “hell week” as well various GORUCK events. In addition to his Krav Maga credentials, Greg is also a Muay Thai Blue Shorts, which he earned in 2018 after training in Thailand and locally at EMA Toronto to improve his skills.
A skilled and passionate instructor, Greg’s mission is to give people of all ages and abilities some practical self-defense skills that they can take into the real world. You will find that his sense of humour and teaching abilities make for a great training experience for all students who enjoy his classes..
In addition to EMA Toronto’s Lead Instructors, our school has assembled a professional team of highly talented 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 MAIU. All of Elite’s Lead Instructors hold the rank of Black belt or above.
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 MAIU Instructor course.