“My name is Mark Howard, and I have been associated with the martial arts for over 30 years. I currently own two martial arts studios in Tucson, Az., both of which utilize a significant amount of Krav Maga in the training of our students. I ‘discovered’ Mark’s presence on the internet by accident. However, the more I read about his approach to teaching Krav Maga, the more intrigued I became. I discovered an individual who also believes it isn’t necessary to ‘break’ your Krav student to teach them properly…that it is possible, and probably better learning, to have fun while grasping Krav…and that anyone can be labeled an ‘instructor,’ but it takes real talent to be a ‘teacher!’ The next evolution is for a ‘teacher’ to then ‘teach the teachers.’ That’s when I asked Mr. Slane to travel to Tucson and teach a small cadre of potential teachers to help me with the Krav Maga at my studios. Mr. Slane leaped at the opportunity to groom a new group of teachers for me!
Utilizing an incredible blend of innate teaching ability and sense of humor, coupled with the old 2×4 to the side of the head when appropriate, Mark turned a group of six highly motivated Krav students into the next generation of Krav teachers in Tucson! Teaching with high energy, expertise, and intensity, Mark quickly earned the respect of every student and, with the exception of a few bruises here and there, completed five days of training with NO injuries and were totally exhausted!
The debriefing for each student was immediate and the most thorough I have ever experienced in the martial arts community. In fact, he reminded me of my days as a ‘Topgun’ instructor…he was that thorough and unrelenting in his pursuit of producing the highest quality Teachers! No physical abuse, no mental games…just pure and simple raising the bar to an entirely new level! It was a pleasure to watch my students grow so much in such a short period of time under Mr. Slane’s superb guidance.
I am already planning on Mr. Slane coming back to Tucson in the Spring to enjoy the fine weather and repeat his ‘magic’ with my students yet again! They can’t wait, and neither can I!”
– LtCol (ret) Mark R. Howard, MBA