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About Us

Since 1994, Dave Kovar and his dynamic team have been providing innovative programs, systems, and services to help grow and improve the martial arts industry. 

Who We Are

Our Mission

We want to help school operators to improve all aspects of school operation. Our programs focus on: Student Acquisition, Student Retention, and Staff Development. We provide integrity-based coaching and community resources to school owners that grow your business. You can count on us to deliver effective solutions that will help you attain unprecedented levels of success.

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Our History - Dave Kovar

Founder Dave Kovar is known worldwide as the Teacher of Teachers. An 8th degree Black Belt and still growing, he has dedicated his life to the martial arts, earning Black Belt ranks in 10 unique martial art styles. He has grown a phenomenal team of employees that serves students based in California. Dave Kovar's focus for the last several years has been to give back to the industry he loves so dearly – providing resources and training for school owners around the world.

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Meet Your Coaches

Dave Chamberlain

CEO / Coach

A 3rd degree Black Belt in Kovar's Kenpo and seasoned senior executive with experience in high-profile corporate environments and fast-growing start-ups. He is a proven leader with a consistent track record of success. Chamberlain brings a wealth of both small and large business experience to the table.

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Bryan Nay

General Manager / Coach

A 3rd degree Black Belt in Kovar's Kenpo, 2nd degree in Olympic Tae Kwon Do, a certified Krav Maga instructor, Crossfit Trainer, and MMA Strength and Conditioning Coach. He also has a degree in Marketing and Human Resources Management from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and has worked at a Fortune 50 corporation in management positions both in Human Resources and Operations.

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Nick Wilson

Satori Alliance General Manager

Nick Wilson has been training with Dave Kovar for 28 years and has Black Belts in Kenpo Karate, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Tae Kwon Do, and Escrima. He’s managed multiple locations for Kovars, growing one to 430 active members. He is currently the General Manager of the Satori Instructor Alliance.

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Paul Duarte

Coach / Certified Instructor

A 5th degree Black Belt in Kovar's Kenpo and studied in Iaido, Escrima and Kobudo. Also a Vietnam Veteran and served as a Security Technician during his 4 years of service. Began teaching Martial Arts in 1996 and in 2004 opened the Kovar's Laguna Academy. Within one year of opening, the school grew to 300 active students. He was awarded by the California Senate with a Certificate of Merit. Currently also serves as mentorr and safety officer.

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Tim Leard

Coach / Certified Instructor

A 5th degree Black Belt Kovar’s Kenpo as well as 2nd Degree Black Belt in Krav Maga, 1st Degree in Kuk Sul, 1st Degree in Universal Kenpo, and Blue Belt in Brazilian Jujutsu. Specializes in staff development and has guided many on their journey to Satori Instructor Alliance certified positions.

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Ken Grube

Coach / Certified Instructor

A 7th degree Black Belt in Black Belt in Kovar's Kenpo with Black Belts in Jhoon Rhee Tae Kwon Do, Iaido, and Doce Pares Arnis. He has over 26 years of teaching martial arts, and more than 20 years of experience in managing successful academies, turning around struggling academies, and opening new locations. Grube currently manages the daily operations of the 8 Kovar's Academies and oversees the training and certifications for all instructors within the Kovar's Academies.

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Chad Shepherd

Coach / Certified Instructor

A 5th degree Black Belt in Kovar's Kenpo, plus Black Belt ranks in Taekwondo, Kobudo, and BJJ. He is a USMC combat veteran, retired pro MMA fighter, and Head Coach of Team KSA MMA Team. Chad runs the Kovars Roseville location and has helped numerous martial arts owners grow their schools as one of our Success Coaches.

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Ilya Mir

Coach / Certified Instructor

A 2nd degree Black Belt in Kovar's Kenpo and Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Ilya Mir currently works as program director at our Natomas Kovar's Satori Academy location with an active count well over 400 students.

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Sutter Sieglitz

Coach / Certified Instructor

A 3rd degree Black Belt Black Belt in Kovar's Kenpo and a Satori Alliance Certified head instructor within our Kovar’s Satori Academies. He has been training in Martial Arts since 1986. Sieglitz also trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Tae Kwon Do, Tae Kuk Mu Sul (Blend), Kubudo, and Doce Pares.

Jeramy Sipes

Coach / Certified Instructor

A 5th degree Black Belt Black Belt in Kovar's Kenpo and a Satori Alliance Certified head instructor within our Kovar’s Satori Academies. He has been training in Martial Arts since 1994. Sipes also trains in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and boxing.

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Julie Alexander

Coach / Certified Instructor

A 4th degree Black Belt in Kovar's Kenpo. Previously the Program Director for the Waterman Kovar's Satori Academy. During then the school grew from 188 to 330 active students. Also a part of the launch of ProMAC and helped with the Enrollment Accelerator. Now responsible for the training and management Kovar's Program Directors. Her passion for Martial Arts as well as her high standards of excellence have made her an impeccable trainer, a valuable resource, and an outstanding

Elaine Warrener

Program Director Coach

A 5th degree Black Belt Black Belt in Kovar's Kenpo. She has run her own school and now is in charge of the SatoriFit fitness program at our Kovar's schools. Previously serving as an accomplished Program Director herself, she’s now spearheading the development of Kovar Systems Program Director Certification to serve schools worldwide.