Devin Shirley began his Krav Maga training in 2001 in Dallas at one of the first group of Krav Maga schools in the United States. He was invited to attend instructor training at the Krav Maga Worldwide headquarters where he received his instructor certification and began a long career in Krav training and teaching. In 2004, he returned to his home state of Arkansas and founded Krav Maga and Fitness of Arkansas, which later became Krav Fit. Devin received his black belt in 2006 with Krav Maga Worldwide and his 2nd degree black belt in 2012 under Krav Maga Alliance. Devin also attended the Train the Trainer program with both organizations, where he learned to train Krav Maga instructors.
Devin graduated West Point in 1996 and served in the U.S. Army until 2001. During his time at West Point and in the Army he trained in various other fighting styles, such as boxing, wrestling, kickboxing, jujitsu, and hand to hand combat. It was also in the Army where Devin received his Master Fitness Trainer designation. He is the Chief Instructor of Krav Fit, where he consistently develops the Krav Fit program and staff, while continuing to enhance his own skills and knowledge.
Ann Marie Gibbs is not yout average fitness instructor. A registered nurse who stayed at home to raise her three daughters, Ann Marie goes at everything full-throttle. So when she found herself with some spare time after her girls went to school, she pursued certification to become a personal trainer and set out to become the best. To help achieve her goals, she competed on the national level as a figure and fitness athlete all the while training every Miss Arkansas since Alyse Eady, who won first runner-up to Miss America in 2010. She currently has a full schedule training women of all ages but now has focused on women’s safety. That’s where Krav Maga comes in. She fell in love with the self-defense techniques that anyone can learn. She has classes for women only, co-ed, and even has basic class for children. She has been involved with Krav Maga since 2016. Ann Marie continues to work closely with Devin Shirley, who founded Krav Fit in 2004.
Arny Ferrando is one of our senior instructors with 11 years under his belt. He holds a black belt in Krav Maga and has experience in several other combative arts. Arny is a graduate of West Point, a retired Army pilot, and his current day job involves skulking around UAMS as a physiologist and scientist.
Dave Jones is a native of Tennessee but has called Little Rock home since 1997. Dave joined Krav Fit as a student in 2007. He’s a blue belt and level 4 instructor. He’ll be testing for his brown belt in the fall of 2018. When Dave isn’t torturing students in new and fascinating ways to help them be better at the art of Krav Maga, you can find him at his day job as a critical care Registered Nurse at Arkansas Heart Hospital. In what little spare time Dave has, he uses it to keep his heart healthy with a variety of outdoor activities, including running. One of his proudest accomplishments? Participating in the Little Rock Marathon (full or half) every year since its inception in 2003.
Steve Hugo has been training in Krav Maga since 2006 and currently holds a Brown Belt at Krav Fit. He started instructing Krav Maga in 2017. Steve is a full-time history teacher in addition to his time at Krav Fit. Among his many notable accomplishments, Steve has at various points wrangled a mob of Emu, nursed a white tiger cub and wrestled an alligator (Greco-Roman rules). While he lived on the Gulf of Mexico, Steve enjoyed surfing and building ranch style homes in the sand. Perhaps most impressively, Steve has both had his cake and eaten it too (on many occasions). Identifying Steve in the wild is relatively simple, as his short stature, shiny coat and expressive eyes make him stand out. Steve tends to be good-natured and gets along well with children, dogs, cats, ferrets, and most Komodo dragons. When Steve reaches full maturity he will go into a cocoon and 4 weeks later emerge as a brand new fully grown Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
Wil Phillips found Krav Maga in 2008 and has been studying it ever since. He believes it is the best real-life fighting system with a no-nonsense approach to self-defense. He’s had previous martial arts experience with Aikido. Wil often uses his 20 plus years of experience as a bouncer for real-life situations in class drills, reminding students to turn panic into aggression to fuel a quick response and the ability to survive a fight. When he’s not working, Wil can be found exploring the wilderness of Arkansas, practicing whip techniques in his replica Indiana Jones fedora or in his workshop crafting a custom Star Wars blaster.
Ricky Cooper has been involved in Krav Maga and Krav Fit for two and a half years. He, and his wife (Chelsea, also an instructor), wanted to learn basic self-defense techniques. They ended up coming away with an excellent fitness program, great friends, and the confidence to defend themselves when necessary. He is happy to be one of the newest Krav Fit Level 1 instructors.
Chelsea Cooper began her Krav Maga career two and a half years ago. She decided it was time to make a change, to stop hiding from the world and to learn how to stand firm in the face of life’s fight or flight moments. This is when she learned about Krav Fit. Chelsea felt Krav Fit offered the perfect balance of fitness with self-defense at its core. She credits this organization for the overwhelmingly positive growth and transformation that she’s experienced in her self-confidence, mental strength, and physical fitness. When she’s not at the gym, or enjoying time with her husband (instructor Ricky Cooper) and daughter (a Krav Kids student), you can find her working to inspire students by helping them overcome learning differences in the classroom.