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Scott Helsley is a physician and a lifelong student of exercise and health. He also holds a doctorate in Pharmacology. He strives to maintain a healthy balance between family life, work and his fitness interests.
Scott’s medical practice is in Anesthesiology which, given his unique background, allows an ideal mix of pharmacology and human physiology. A solid base in physiology naturally extends to and fosters understanding of exercise and its effects on circulatory and respiratory parameters. Scott’s current position also gives him the opportunity to teach which is a privilege that he very much enjoys.
Scott lives in Fairview Pennsylvania with his wife and young son. He loves competing in kettlebell sport.
You can usually find him at the hospital, or training in his secret underground basement gym, or hanging out with his family.
Check out his blog at blog.rationalfitnesspractice.com, where nothing is sacred and everyone is fair game.
Director of Community Athletics
With his background as a professional athlete, Rashard brings a world of practical experience to the IKFF team. A multi-sport athlete in high school, Rashard excelled in football where he became an All-American and went to on to play collegiate football at the University of Southern California where he received numerous accolades.
Later Rashard enjoyed a successful career professionally with the Philadelphia Eagles. Rashard will help focus on the overall development of IKFF with an emphasis on youth athletics.
Qigong and Oriental Medicine Advisor
Edward Coughlin has studied and taught Chinese martial arts, qi gong, classical and Tibetan yoga and Chinese medicine for 28 years. A senior student of Master Kao San Lun, he is a 35th generation disciple of the Little Nine Heaven system of martial arts. He has trained in the unique Little Nine Heaven system of qi gong for over twelve years.
A graduate of the Florida Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, he is a licensed acupuncture physician and doctor of oriental medicine in Florida. He is a diplomat in oriental medicine, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine by the national certification commission for acupuncture and oriental medicine. As one of the first acupuncturists in Florida to have hospital staff privileges he has treated over twenty five thousand patients.
Edward has competed and judged in many national and international martial arts tournaments, winning metals in both push hands and lei tai san shou (full contact fighting).
To contact Ed with questions: www.xisuigong.com
Liberty Kayden Gray
Athletic Nutrition Specialist
Liberty brings years of expertise to the IKFF Team via her specialization in Nutrition, Body Recomposition & Strength/Conditioning.
A degree student of Eastern Michigan University in Advanced Nutrition Owner of Fit Rx Studio, Big Rapids, MI.
L. Kayden Gray is a Certified Personal Trainer with the ISSA and is the only female AKC/RKC Kettlebell Coach in Michigan. Liberty has a III Degree Blackbelt in USTF/ITF TaeKwon Do and teaches at her own Dojang in Big Rapids, Michigan. She competes in Natural Bodybuilding and owns a Health, Nutrition & Kettlebell Studio where her mission is to help you understand why every meal, every bout of exercise and every late night has a hormonal consequence.
Liberty knows nutrition!...and can thoroughly prepare you for a high level of success, providing you with the knowledge to incorporate a nutrition system based on your body, your goals and your lifestyle.
Soon to be certified through the Chek Institute as a Holistic Life Coach. This program looks at symptoms of disease and stress and how they can be prevented through principles of proper eating, exercise and stress management. Paul Chek, HHP, NMT is a prominent expert in the field of holistic health and corrective and high-performance exercise and founder of the C.H.E.K (Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiology) Institute, based in California.
Functional Movement Specialist
Bob graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelors degree in Physical Education and Exercise Science. He then went on to earn a second Bachelor in Health Science and a Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Michigan.
In addition to his formal degrees, Bob has also earned numerous certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, American Institute of Fitness Educators, Program for Athletic Coaches Education, and the American Council on Exercise.
Bob has been involved in fitness for over 25 years, and has worked as a personal trainer since 1993, helping people of every fitness level, age, and gender achieve their personal fitness goals.
As a physical therapist, Bob works in an orthopedic setting, and has earned board certification as an Orthopedic Specialist.
Bob’s effectiveness as a physical therapist and trainer is complemented by the knowledge and experience he has attained by working with, and learning from, many of the top fitness and rehabilitation professionals in the world; as well as being a competitive athlete in sports including: martial arts (Tang Soo Do black belt, Jiu Jitsu, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Kendo, “American” Karate), endurance sports (adventure racing, marathon, triathlon, Girevoy/kettlebell sport), volleyball, soccer, basketball, golf, powerlifting, and others.
Additionally, Bob highly advocates education and serves as a lecturer/instructor, writer, and consultant on numerous subjects for different organizations.
Bob is owner of Functional Strength Training LLC, www.functional-strength-training.com
Strength and Conditioning Advisor
Andrew Durniat, C.S.C.S., owner of Optimal Performance Training. Andrew is an international kettlebell competitor and current American record holder for the single arm snatch (147 reps, 32kg). He is known for his combining Kettlebell lifting with the Olympic and Power lifts to create the ultimate in athletic potential.
His training has led him to be able to perform many famous strength feats and compete in ultra-endurance events. Andrew has served as assistant lacrosse coach at the College of Wooster and was an All-American Defenseman in lacrosse at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Soft Tissue and Structural Integration Specialist
A graduate of the Rolf Institute for Structural Integration in Boulder, CO, Susanna specializes in soft tissue alignment and its application to athletics. Having been involved in physical pursuits all her life, from competitive horseback riding to collegiate rowing, she understands how structural misalignment combined with improper body mechanics results in imbalances that challenge athletes looking to optimize performance.
Currently, Susanna is a Certified Rolfer, Licensed Massage Practitioner, and a member of the National Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. In her practice, she helps numerous athletes and people seeking higher levels of fitness to achieve their goals by releasing restrictions that cause conditions such as chronic pain, limited range of motion, poor balance or posture, and repetitive strain injuries. She focuses on education and physical awareness, giving clients information and tools to use throughout their daily lives to help maintain the work done during their sessions.
Pursuant to her lifelong interest in health and fitness, Susanna discovered kettlebells and now loves competing in girevoy sport. She also enjoys riding her Quarter Horse mare, though no longer in competitions.
Strength & Conditioning and Post-partum Fitness Advisor
Maya Garcia is the co-founder of a successful athletic training company in the San Francisco Bay Area (www.icechamber.com). She is a graduate from U.C. Berkeley's Department of Sociology and utilizes her background in education in her work as a strength and conditioning coach for women of all fitness levels and backgrounds. After spending her teen and college years plagued by a sedentary lifestyle and a negative self-image, Maya revamped her physical and mental state to peak condition after a miscarriage in 2000. She has since helped hundreds of women change their lives through a blend of functional training, kettlebell lifting, and mind-body-spirit development.
Most recently, Maya lost 50 pounds that she gained during her pregnancy in 2007 and through her hard work and perseverance, went on to become a competitor in kettlebell sport while still a nursing mother. She is actively training for upcoming competitions and continues to oversee the daily operations of the Ice Chamber while raising her new son. Her personal journey is a testament that any woman can achieve a great sense of wellbeing through a balance of physical and mental training, nutrition, self-care and lifestyle management.
Lt. Rueben Littlejohn
Law Enforcement Advisor
Lieutenant Rueben Littlejohn oversees field operations for the San Diego Unified School District Police Department. Throughout his career as a police officer, Rueben has been awarded various commendations and meritorious citations for his work as a police officer. In 2005, he was the recipient of the San Diego Police Officers Association “Peace Officer of the Year Award.” Rueben has worked as a campus police officer at middle and high school campuses in high crime areas. In addition, to his day to day responsibilities of managing a police department, he spearheads his department’s Defensive Tactics program. His love for physical fitness, law enforcement, and the martial arts make him an invaluable asset to the IKFF Team.
Rueben has been a student of the martial arts for over 25 years. During that time he has managed to establish quite a reputation as a competitor. He has won 40 martial arts championships and appeared in Inside Kung Fu Magazine. In 2007, he was awarded the title “Male Martial Arts Competitor of the Year” by the Academy of Masters, in Costa Mesa, California. Recently, he was inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame as a Kung Fu Master. He currently teaches Sun Style Tai Chi Chuan and kettlebells to his students in Carlsbad, California.
Special Population Advisor
Paul Graber was born in 1969. At the age of two he was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. It severely limited his mobility and drastically affected his sense of balance. After heel cord surgery and physical therapy, he was able to walk by the age of five. He was raised to never say, “I can’t.” He started his own business at the age of eighteen. However, by the age twenty-three, he had seen that business fail and was a full time member of the workforce.
During this transition, Paul had neglected his physical therapy and health in general. He found himself overweight and having trouble walking. To remedy this decline in his health, Paul began practicing Shaolin Do Chinese Martial Arts at the age of twenty-four. Having been a martial arts enthusiast all of his life, Paul soon found kung fu to be a wonderful form of both physical and mental therapy. Five years later, Paul was healthier, stronger, and taller than he had ever been in his life. He has also become a respected competitor in several martial arts tournaments. In 2002, Paul added kettlebells to his workout. This simple change caused a remarkable increase in his physical abilities and his fitness level.
Paul decided that he needed to share all of the benefits he had gained from martial arts practice and fitness training with other disabled people. He began working with this population as a Recreation Assistant. His stellar job performance earned him a promotion to Rehabilitation Assistant. Paul then worked as a Quality Living Assistant. His continually excellent job performance and experience led to him being certified by the Kentucky Department of Mental Retardation as a CORE Trainer of Direct Care staff. Paul then worked as an Assistant Case Manager. During these years he also continued to learn and grow as a martial artist and athlete.
Throughout his work with the Special Needs Population, Paul’s unique combination of personal and professional experiences has enabled him to help many people with widely differing circumstances and capabilities. The benefits gained by individuals in his, Shaolin A.R.Ts program have been witnessed not only by the participants themselves but by family, friends, care providers, doctors and therapists.
Qualifications & Accomplishments
* 1st degree Black Belt in Shaolin Do Chinese Martial Arts (15 years of experience)
Steven W. Mosley
Steven Mosley has over two decades of martial arts and law enforcement experience. He is the Head Coach and co-founder of Combat Hard™ Fitness & Fighting, LLC. He has also been involved in firearms and defensive tactics instruction for over 20 years.
Steven holds a first-degree black belt in Chinese Kenpo Karate, Filipino Kali and is a Senior Instructor under the British Combat Association. He is also an Apprentice Instructor in Filipino Martial Arts & Jun Fan Gung Fu under Guro Dan Inosanto.
Within the fitness arena, Steven’s accomplishments include USA Weightlifting Club Coach and a Physical Fitness Coordinator for the Federal Government.
He is also a certified Advanced Boxing Fitness Trainer, an International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation Certified Kettlebell Trainer, an American Kettlebell Lifting Coach, a Crossfit© Level One Trainer and an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer. Steven is certified through the Battling Ropes Training System as a coach and is also a certified Warrior Diet/CFT Level Two Instructor.
Kettlebell Sport Advisor
Paul Tucker is a physician from Tasmania, Australia, specialising in biopsy pathology. He has a keen interest in preventative health and simple ways of combating lifestyle related diseases such as obesity and stress. Recognising the survival benefits of vigorous whole body exercise to various populations over millennia, it is clear kettlebells quickly re-awaken dormant unbalanced frames within modern society. Problems such as stress, poor posture and suboptimal strength and endurance are readily “treated” with the energetic, athletic and primal movement patterns inherent in some fundamental kettlebell exercises.
With a busy professional and family life, plus an ever expanding garden, kettlebells provide him with a convenient means of maintaining peak physical conditioning for any task or recreational sport. After overcoming his own musculoskeletal problems, he is always keen to show how kettlebells can help anyone safely swim against the many currents of the aging tide.
He is the founding president of Girevoy (Kettlebell) Sport Australia and at age 45 has thus far achieved 50 double jerks and 78 snatches with the 32kg bells in the biathlon competition.
Damian is the owner of The Power Station Gym in Auckland, New Zealand. With 16 years martial arts experience, he is Director and Head Instructor of the Auckland Kali Group, and also the Bakbakan Kali New Zealand representative. Featured in Masters of the Blade, a book dedicated to Edged Weapon instructors around the world
While living in Johannesburg South Africa Damian set up and ran a successful close protection, security and tactical training company. In this time Damian has run over 700 security operations in over sixty different countries. He has been a civilian contractor to The SA Special Forces Brigade, SA National Intelligence Service and to members of The SA Police and Prison Services. Damian has trained hundreds of personnel in Close Protection, CQB, and tactical firearms. In this time he wrote the e-book Carjacking Countermeasures for Executive Security International based in Co USA. He also attended various tactical training courses including ASP Tactical Baton, Firearms instruction, Close Protection, Vehicle operations, Hostage Survival, Bomb Identification and Countermeasures.
His experience extends from the South African Defence Force VIP Protection Unit achieving status as a handgun instructor as well as active duties in the South African Police Reserve for several years. Dealing with general duties through to High Risk warrants of arrest, attending the SWAT Special Weapons and Tactics course passing with honours.
Damian specializes in teaching elements of CQB, carjacking countermeasures and tactical edged weapons.