Martial Arts Instructors

Katy Martial Arts Instructors

The Most Experienced Katy Martial Arts Instructors

Our instructors understand and honor the martial arts traditions born thousands of years ago. Today, we proudly share these customs with a modern approach to teaching, and continue to research and develop the latest in martial arts techniques and fitness. Our curriculum motivates and challenges our students to achieve their goals in a fun, positive training environment.

Sifu Garcia Martial Arts Instructor Katy

Sifu Kevin Garcia / Master Instructor

Sifu Kevin Garcia has been training in martial arts for over 25 years, earning his 6th degree black belt. He has trained in various styles, such as San Shou (Chinese kickboxing), Muay Thai, Western boxing, Brazilian jiu jitsu, Judo, mixed martial arts, Shaolin kung fu, and Kenpo karate. He has successfully competed and coached in more than 100 fights, winning regional, national, and international competitions in boxing & kickboxing. Sifu Garcia’s passion for teaching afforded him the opportunity to teach martial arts as a public school teacher for Houston Independent School District from 1996-1998.Sifu Garcia ran one of the most successful academies in the Houston area for over 13 years. His classes were featured on local news channels ABC13 – KTRK and NBC2 – KPRC. He has taught thousands of students, hundreds of whom have earned the rank of black belt.Sifu Garcia is excited to have opened Katy’s first kickboxing academy and looks forward to serving the Katy community. Sifu Garcia is currently training under tenth degree black belt John Hackleman, owner and founder of The Pit. He holds a purple belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu and is currently studying under American Top Team black belt Luigi Mondelli. Sifu Garcia is a certified coach of USA Boxing and USA Weight Lifting associations.

Adrienne Harvey, Chief Instructor

“I originally wanted to do kickboxing so I could lose weight and develop muscle tone. After Sifu Garcia further investigated my reasons for wanting to do kickboxing, I realized I also wanted to learn how to defend myself. Through my training I gained confidence as well as attaining my original weight loss and fitness goals. When I started I hadn’t thought of becoming a black belt. Looking back, I see what an impact martial arts has had in my life, and don’t know where I’d be without it.” Adrienne Harvey, soon to be 5th degree black belt, has trained in traditional kung fu and kickboxing for over 15 years. She has trained under Sifu Garcia since 2001, gone through certified instructor training, worked as an instructor under him at another location, and joined Texas Kickboxing as chief instructor in March 2015. She has been a competitor in both light and full-contact amateur kickboxing, western boxing, and has trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In addition to her love of the martial arts, Ms. Harvey has a passion for health and fitness and is currently head Life Coach and Program Manager for Texas weight Loss.

 

 

Bryan Franco, Admissions Director/Instructor

Bryan Franco is currently a 1st Recommended Black belt studying under Sifu Garcia for 2 years.  He is an active competitor in amateur kickboxing and Muay Thai as well as trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. “I originally joined the academy for the love of the sport. My intentions were to learn the martial arts and further understand a sport I felt was incredibly amazing. Once I began my journey I found out just how much martial arts can impact a life. It has helped me to develop a “don’t quit attitude” and become more disciplined. I am happy to see the positive changes our martial arts program can bring to a person’s life…from the smallest child to the oldest adult.”

 

Instructor-Nora-Rezaie-Texas-KickboxingNora Rezaie, Instructor

Ms. Rezaie’s started training in martial arts in 2007 when she began studying San Shou(Chinese kickboxing) under Sifu Kevin Garcia. She is currently a 1st degree black belt. Ms. Rezaie’s desire to compete has led her to train in other styles, including Muay Thai, mixed martial arts, jiu jitsu and western boxing. She competed in Houston’s Golden Gloves, securing the Southeast regional title in her weight class and continues to compete in amateur Muay Thai fights. Ms Rezaie is the Interventional Radiology Coordinator at Memorial Hermann, where she has worked for 14 years. She joined TKA’s staff as part-time kickboxing instructor in 2014.

 

Jim Thompson, Instructor

Mr. Thompson began studying Jeet Kune do concepts in 1994 focusing on kickboxing and has been training ever since. “After moving back to Katy in 2015, I chose TKA after researching other schools in the area. Even after training for many years, my technique, physical fitness and mental fortitude have gone to new levels under Sifu Garcia’s instruction and the programs offered including CrossPit and Fit-to-Fight. I was so impressed with the Masters program that I enrolled 2 of my kids and am honored to contribute as an instructor.” Mr. Thompson has competed in amateur kickboxing and Muay Thai fights and also trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He currently has earned his Black Belt Candidate belt (1st Degree Brown) under Sifu Garcia and is working toward earning his Black Belt. He joined TKA’s staff as part-time kickboxing instructor in 2017. Mr. Thompson is an attorney and has been practicing law for over 18 years and is currently a partner at Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams. He has five children, two of which are also students at Texas Kickboxing Academy.