Peter Eisenberg (Co-owner of Valley Self-Defense, Civilian, Women, Kids Instructor) has been training in Krav Maga for 8 years, with 5 years of instructor experience. Peter played football in college and years later he was looking for something to get himself in shape and start to get the competitive blood flowing again. From his first class at Valley Self Defense with Jon Nietzell, he was hooked. Over the years, Peter has gained a number of certifications, including Law Enforcement, VIP (Body Guard), Lead Instructor, as well as Stay Away – Women’s Self-Defense and Kid’s Krav Maga. Peter is also one of the first IKMF certified Defensive Shooting Instructors in the United States.
Peter has achieved the rank of Graduate 5 after testing in Israel with the International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF)’s Global Instructor Team.
One of Peter’s biggest motivators in his teaching is helping others. Whether that be encouraging women to listen and respond to their inner alarm or teaching children how stand up to bullies at school, Peter’s goal is to help all his students achieve Krav Maga founder Imi Sde-Or’s vision that all people “may walk in peace.”
Jon Nietzell (Former owner of Valley Self Defense and Civilian, Women, Kids Instructor) has been training in Krav Maga since 2012, with 7 years of instructor experience. Jon started training in Krav Maga in 2010 while recovering from some major medical problems. At 100 pounds overweight, Jon was having heart and physical problems and decided it was time to get back into shape. Jon found Krav Maga was a fantastic way to work out and lose weight, and he eventually fell in love with the self-defense part. Jon’s passion led him to become not only a Civilian, Women, and Kids instructor, but also to open Valley Self Defense in August of 2012.
Jon has achieved the rank of G2.
Jon wants more than anything for his students to find peace, as our founder Imi Sde-Or envisioned: “…so that one may walk in peace.” Jon believes that knowing how to defend yourself in any situation is one of the most important things a person can do for themselves, their family, and their loved ones.
Danae Hudson (Co-owner of Valley Self-Defense, Civilian Instructor) has been training in Krav Maga for 4 years. Danae was looking for a self-defense class after some traumatic experiences in her life and work in the Middle East. Though she only planned on attending for a few weeks, the community she found at Krav Maga Minneapolis and Valley Self Defense, as well as the confidence she gained from Krav Maga, kept her coming back. Danae teaches civilian classes at Valley Self Defense, as well as helping with Kids and Womens classes and workshops.
Danae achieved the rank of Graduate 2 in September 2019.
Danae’s goal is to help people gain the confidence that Krav Maga has helped give her. She hopes to receive her Kids Krav Maga and Stay Away – Women’s Self Defense certifications in the future.
Jeff Bartham is currently in the process of becoming a Krav Maga instructor. He has been practicing Krav Maga for three years and has completed 1/2 of the Civilian Instructor Course. After two serious incidents took place in his life, Jeff decided he didn’t want to feel like a victim and decided he needed to learn how to defend himself, should the need ever arise again. For Jeff, Krav Maga has provided the best self-defense system to protect yourself when your life is in danger. Jeff appreciates the fact that the IKMF is always evolving and adapting the best ways for people to defend themselves and that all techniques are tried and tested to exhaustion both on the mat and in the field before being brought to students.
Jeff achieved the rank of P5 in January 2020.
More than anything, Jeff wants his students to know that they never have to be the victim. He hopes they learn that with enough time and dedication to Krav Maga they can truly "walk in peace" anywhere and everywhere.
Oleksiy "Alex" Chernyshov
Oleksiy Chernyshov (Civilian Instructor) is originally from Kyiv, Ukraine and he has been practicing Krav Maga for 7 years. Oleksiy had his first taste of Krav Maga while doing volunteer work in Tel Aviv, Israel in 2012. He has been training with Valley Self Defense ever since. Traveling internationally for business and volunteer work is a big part of Oleksiy's life and he sees Krav Maga as a valuable skill to have in our ever-changing world.
He became a civilian instructor in Krav Maga in 2017 and teaches civilian classes at Valley Self Defense. Oleksiy achieved the rank of G2 in September 2019.
Oleksiy's goal is to help his students to trust in their skills and training so that they may walk in peace wherever they go.
Shelly Johnson (Co-owner of Valley Self-Defense, Civilian Instructor) has been training in Krav Maga for 5 years. Shelly was getting bored at the gym and started looking for something that would challenge her physically. Shelly teaches civilian classes at Valley Self-Defense, as well as helping instruct the Kids and Womens classes and seminars.
Shelly has achieved the rank of Graduate 2 in 2019.
Shelly teaches people Krav Maga to help instill confidence in their lives, whether walking down the street or standing at the bus stop. It’s important to Shelly that people feel prepared for whatever may happen in their everyday lives. Shelly’s goal is to achieve Kids Krav Maga and Stay Away – Women’s Self Defense certifications in the future.
Mark Johnson is currently in the process of becoming a Krav Maga instructor. He has been practicing Krav Maga since 2015 and has completed 2/3 of the Civilian Instructor Course. Prior to this training, he spent 6 years working on his Tae Kwon Do skills with one of his two sons. Mark was drawn to Krav Maga as a new activity to do with his son and has maintained interest due to the practical and effective nature of the self-defense system. He particularly enjoys the IKMF methodology of training to respond to specific attacks until the response is a natural reaction, even under a stressed condition.
Mark achieved the rank of P5 in April 2018.
Mark would like all the students he works with to have fun and improve their fitness while working on adding to their self-defense capabilities so that they can have realistic confidence in their ability to avoid or safely react to any adverse situation they may encounter.
Our people make the difference.
All of our Krav Maga instructors have completed an initial 160 hour training, followed by yearly renewal to keep their certification current. Specialized courses - like the Women's Stay Away program, law enforcement, kids, and bike programs - require an additional 40 hours of training.