The StrongFirst instructor certifications and most other events are taught by the Teachers of Strength: Masters, Seniors, and Team Leaders. The head of the team is our Director of Education Brett Jones.
To use a martial arts analogy, the Team Leaders and the Seniors are, respectively, first and second degree “Black Belts.” The Masters are third degree—which makes them “Senseis”—and higher.
A Master runs an instructor certification at which students are broken up into teams of up to sixteen. A Team Leader is in charge of one such team; a Senior directs one or more teams. The latter are aided by assistant instructors.
This elite international cadre comes from diverse backgrounds: national team coaches, national champions, former military special operators, first responders, law enforcement officers, elite martial artists, national team doctors, and other high-end professionals.
In addition to teaching for our School of Strength, many of the Teachers offer coaching and consulting directly to the public.
- For a list of StrongFirst certified Master Instructors, click here.
Name Location Tommy Blom Mölndal, Sweden Shaun Cairns Somerset West, South Africa Andrea U-Shi Chang Seattle, WA, United States Dr. Mark Cheng Diamond Bar, CA, United States Jon Engum Brainerd, MN, United States Michael Hartle Fort Wayne, IN, United States Zar Horton Albuquerque, NM, United States Brett Jones Pittsburgh, PA, United States Peter Lakatos Szentendre, Hungary Jeremy Layport Paso Robles, CA, United States Pavel Macek Prague, Czechia Jason Marshall Lubbock, TX, United States Mark Reifkind San Jose, CA, United States Karen Smith Mckinney, TX, United States Fabio Zonin Isola Vicentina, Italy
- For a list of StrongFirst certified Senior Instructors, click here.
Name Location Tim Almond O’connor, Australia Claire Booth Marshchapel, United Kingdom Betsy Collie Durham, NC, United States Hector Gutierrez Jr. Corpus Christi, TX, United States John Heinz Ottsville, PA, United States Ronen Katz Even Yehuda, Israel Martine Kerr Angus, Canada Michael Perry Chelmsford, MA, United States Tiago Proenca Porto Alegre, Brazil Prentiss Rhodes Scottsdale, AZ, United States Delaine Ross Atlanta, GA, United States Alexey Senart Paris, France John Spezzano Los Angeles, CA, United States Cole Summers Winnipeg, Canada Yoana Teran San Diego, CA, United States Derek Toshner Fond Du Lac, WI, United States Ryan Toshner Brookfield, WI, United States Woochae Yoon Seoul, Korea, Republic Of
- For a list of StrongFirst certified Team Leader Instructors, click here.
Name Location Ferenc Acs Budapest, Hungary Maggie Burrows Bozeman, MT, United States Todd Cambio Exeter, NH, United States Victor Carrillo Heredia, Costa Rica Owen Chau Richmond, Canada Hyun Jin Choi Seoul, Korea, Republic Of Myren Constantine Fu Singapore, Singapore Eszter Cserhalmi Miskolc, Hungary Mauricio Noal Da Silva Porto Alegre, Brazil Kevin Dea Narberth, PA, United States Ron Farrington Fairfield, NJ, United States Jordan Girardi Porto Alegre, Brazil Mira Gracia Portland, OR, United States Tony Gracia Portland, OR, United States Debbie Hayes Silver Creek, GA, United States Valerie Hedlund San Clemente, CA, United States Camila Hermoso Sao Paulo, Brazil Chris Hook Lava Hot Springs, ID, United States John Kenny Raheny, Ireland Louka Kurcer Pointe-Claire, Canada Piers Kwan Brisbane, Australia Jun-Young Lee Daegu, Korea, Republic Of Scott Macintosh Johannesburg, South Africa Justyna Macková Praha, Czechia Stefano Massa Napoli, Italy Noah Maxwell Havertown, PA, United States Benjamin Mayer Israel Granville Mayers Mississauga, Canada Derek Miller Springdale, AR, United States Steve Milles New York, NY, United States Gary Music Shelby, OH, United States Reneta Music Mansfield, OH, United States Brian Myers Amarillo, TX, United States Roxanne Myers Amarillo, TX, United States Analisa Naldi Mountain View, CA, United States Ricardo Nieves Sarasota, FL, United States Guido Posante Casa Santa Erice (tp), Italy Sasa Rajnovic Rijeka, Croatia Sven Rieger Stuttgart, Germany Dustin Rippetoe Tulsa, OK, United States Pablo Camargo Neves Meza Sanchez Sao Paulo, Brazil Danny Sawaya Tucson, AZ, United States Timothy Shuman Orlando, FL, United States Mike Sousa Modesto, CA, United States Andżelika Stefańska-Kowalik Kraków, Poland Mike Torres Seattle, WA, United States Dariusz Walus Zielona Gora, Poland Michael Wille Largo, FL, United States Brian Wright Leesburg, VA, United States Inkyoo Yoo Seoul, Korea, Republic Of Jimmy Yuan Phoenix, AZ, United States Arianna Zaccagnini Brescia, Italy Cristian Zedda Quartu Sant'Elena, Italy
- For a list of the Emeriti, click here.
Name Rank Lance Coffel Senior Emeritus Gabi Katschthaler Senior Emeritus Craig Marker Senior Emeritus Doug Nepodal Master Emeritus Joseph Sansalone Senior Emeritus Artemis Scantalides Team Leader Emeritus James Sjostrom Team Leader Emeritus Mark Snow Team Leader Emeritus Ervin Toth Team Leader Emeritus