On today's Coffee with Rich, we will be joined by
Matthew Numrich is a natural leader and teacher. He
graduated from Concordia University Chicago with a Bachelor’s
Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Industrial
and Organizational Psychology. In the beginning, he began studying
martial arts and training under Sifu Paul Vunak (under Guru Dan
Inosanto) in Bruce Lees’s art of Jeet Kune Do. He founded his own
studio in the Chicago suburbs shortly after being certified as one
of only a handful of Full Instructors of JKD and the Filipino
He also holds a Certified Executive Instructor
position under Progressive Fighting Systems, which is the “crème de
la crème” in functional Jeet Kune Do. Mr. Numrich has also had the
pleasure of training with some of the other elite JKD instructors
such as Sifu Larry Hartsell (original student of Bruce Lee) and
Thomas Cruse (past instructor of the Navy Seals).
Mr. Numrich has written a manuscript on Jeet Kune
Do (JKD), in addition to several articles in US and international
martial arts magazines. In 2001, he completed the first JKD on DVD
instructional series, which is now distributed around the world.
Mr. Numrich was used as a public media resource after the attacks
of 9/11, in addition to running several out-of-state seminars. In
late 2003, he was invited to teach instructors of the Federal Air
Marshal’s Chicago O’Hare office .
He also completed the Jeet Kune Do Self Defense
Matrix, which is the perfect “at home” training companion and a
great supplementary program for students at all levels. National
publications and experts alike have hailed this program as “unique
and groundbreaking” as it not only focuses on the content of JKD
(what is taught), but the method (how it is taught), resulting in
an incredible training tool. For more information on this, please
go to: www.FearlessStreetFighter.com
Within the last several years, Mr. Numrich
completed many new self-defense programs, which focus on “average
and untrained civilians” – as he saw this is where the need truly
Since then Mr. Numrich has concentrated on the
Israeli art of Krav Maga and is currently a Level 5 Certified Krav
Maga Instructor. He believes that Krav Maga Training is the most
effective and efficient way to meet the most amount of civilian
need in the area of self-defense.
Mr. Numrich still teaches at his new academy in
Phoenix, AZ, when most owners hand the instruction over to the
“best student” in the class. His passion is using martial arts to
increase the quality of his student's lives. Whether he is teaching
character values to children, intense street fighting drills to
men, or confidence-building self-defense techniques to women – Mr.
Numrich is living his mission.
His school has a pool of students that consists of
police officers, security guards, military, other martial arts
instructors, men, women, and children of all ages. His close-knit
group of students creates an atmosphere of faster, more effective
learning for all. The school has specialty instructors for
different groups of students, including law enforcement
organizations, security companies, young adults, children with
learning disabilities (ADD/ADHD), and family members seeking
proactive home/environment safety.
In addition to teaching weekly at his PhxKravFit
Krav Maga school, Mr. Numrich has helped create, and now trains
people all over the world in escape and evasion techniques, as the
Head Trainer of the Spy Black Belt program (for Instructors) and
Spy Defense and Survival (for civilians, law enforcement and
Matt currently lives in Phoenix with his wife
Stephanie who heads up the Krav Maga Self Defense Training and
Classes for Youth and their two sons and dogs.