Monica is a medical professional by trade and has been a licensed and certified Athletic Trainer since 2012. In 2016, her love of fitness led her to try Krav Maga. A year later, she was leading fitness classes and earning her instructor certification.
Students and staff alike know they can count on Monica for well-structured classes, a do-or-die attitude towards her own training, and a professional eye for health, wellness, and injury recovery.
Krav Maga & Fitness Instructor, Owner
Brett Smith has been a student of fitness his entire life, as well as being a strong believer in home and self-defense. These two aspects made Krav Maga a natural fit.
He’s been teaching Krav Maga and fitness since 2018. He’s a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified Personal Trainer. He’s worked in the firearms industry since 2013 where he’s been training retail stores on federal regulations and firearms safety.
He’s an avid outdoorsman and firearms enthusiasts, attending as many defensive firearms courses as he can manage.
Brett’s students know him for his ever-evolving knowledge of exercise and fitness, his unwavering belief in survival and self-defense, and his strong yet kind spirit.
Chief Operations Officer, Senior Krav Maga Instructor, Owner
Jeff Isacksen came to his first Krav Maga class in 2011, hoping to better learn how to be an ally and protector to his friends and community.
In 2014, he became a certified instructor and began sharing the art of defense with others. Jeff’s desire to expand his own training and offer the most knowledge that he can to his students has led him to pursue training in other arts. He currently studies kickboxing, wrestling, and Jiu Jitsu in addition to Krav Maga.
Jeff’s students know him for his sharp sense of humor, his emphasis on refining techniques, and his belief in drawing on knowledge from many different arts.
Image courtesy of Austin Impact Jeet Kune Do.
Chief Executive Officer, Founder, Owner
Kaci Kai began training Krav Maga in 2008 and was immediately taken in by the thrill of the practice. Eventually, her love of Krav Maga led her to pursue additional arts, such as no-gi Jiu Jitsu and kickboxing—including traveling to Thailand to train in Muay Thai.
Kaci’s background is in marketing, design, and leadership. She’s worked for industry giants like Whole Foods Market and as an altMBA Coach for Seth Godin. She was also instrumental in marketing, fundraising, and developing the local nonprofit, Austin Creative Reuse.
Kaci’s team knows they can count on her for her sound business mind, her incredible work ethic, and her passion for bringing good to the world.
Krav Maga Black Belt, Advisor
Francisco Betancourt began training Krav Maga in 2010 with only a small amount of Muay Thai experience. He loved the no-nonsense approach to self-defense and, as someone with limited mobility, the ease of technical execution of the techniques.
In 2012, he began training to become an instructor. After serving in the Oklahoma National Guard and completing graduate school, Francisco taught Krav Maga full time, continuing to pursue his own advancement.
In 2018, he received the rank of black belt through Krav Maga Worldwide. Currently, he lives, trains, and teaches in Lubbock, Texas, where he attends medical school.
Among students and instructors alike, Francisco is known for his vast knowledge and skill in the system, his acerbic wit, and his dedication to advancing the training of his fellow instructors.
Francisco Betancourt owns and operates Krav Maga Lubbock, alongside fellow badass Briann Stephens.