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John M. Peek

John and Joy Peek are the owners of Haganah Houston. John is the head instructor.
 
Internation Haganah Federations - 2012 - "Black Belt of the Year". 
 
John is a certified instructor in; F.I.G.H.T., (Fierce Israeli Guerilla Hand-to-Hand Tactics), I.T.K.-(Israeli Tactical Knife Fighting), Ground Survival, Trench Fighting, Combat Fitness, Combat Wrestling. He is also certified as a S2B Muay Thai Kickboxing Instructor. Teaches BJJ Combatives and I.P.T.T. (Israeli Professional Tactical Training) which is our Tactical Firearms Training. I.C.S. (Integrated Combat Systems) Instructor. He assists B.G. Smith in teaching Aikido.
 
John started his training in martial arts in the Wah Lum Tam Tui Kung Fu system founded by Grandmaster Pui Chan. He became an instructor under Sifu Wallace Cupp. He dedicated many years of training in the Wah Lum system and trained at the Wah Lum temple with Grandmaster Chan and other guest masters from China. He competed during his early training years and won many tournaments. One of the highlights while training with Grandmaster Chan was when he twice brought the Shaolin Monks from China to train with the Wah Lum students. These were the same Monks that went on to perform in sold out stadiums, amazing audiences around the world.
 
John continued his studies in Muay Thai Kickboxing, Hapkido, Judo, Aikido, and Brazillian Ju Jitsu. In early 2000 John found the Israeli arts of Krav Maga and Haganah being taught in the same facility. Spending time learning some of both, he decided that Haganah was the one for him and continued his Haganah training under former U.S. San Shou fighter and trainer of professional athletes James Cooper. He went on to recieve his Haganah Instructors certifications, under founder and former, Israeli Special Forces-Golani Brigade member Mike Lee Kanarek, in F.I.G.H.T., ITK (Israeli Tactical Knife Fighting), Trench Fighting, Ground Survival and S2B Muay Thai Kickboxing. Under James Cooper as a Combat Fitness instructor. And under Police/S.W.A.T. Officer and Pro MMA fighter John Clark as a Combat Wrestling instructor.
He went on to complete the ICS-1000 (Israeli Combat Shooting) under Mike Lee Kanarek, and the intense I.P.T.T. Counter Terrorism course, which included training in, {"Handcuffing and Securing, Combat Medic, Land Navigation, (day and night, urban and wilderness), Handgun and Rifle, (Solo, 2, 3, and 4 man teams), Combat Fitness,Tactical Knife Fighting, and Hand-to-Hand Defenses"}, under former Israeli Special Forces-Duvdevan Unit member/instructor Garrett Machine and Mike Lee Kanarek.
 
Certified I.C.S. (Integrated Combat Systems) Instructor under Peter Sciarra. Peter Sciarra is the ICS Head Instructor, he holds a level 11 Black Belt and is currently Australia's highest ranked Close Quarter Combat instructor.
 
John recieved his Black Belt under Mike Lee Kanarek in January 2010 and is one of only 27 Black Belts in the world in the Haganah system.
 
Professionally, John has worked in the Petro-Chemical industry for 30 years as an Instrumentation and Control Specialist. He has received numerous certifications in specialty areas. He continued to train in areas related to instrumentation and controls for plant applications, implementation, and troubleshooting such as PLC's, DCS programing, radar, ultrasonic, mass flow, analyzers, speed, temperature, pressure, and weight transmitters and control valves.
 
He recently retired from BASF Catalyst LLC as a Sr. Instrumentation Specialist in Pasadena, Texas and is now a full time instructor for Haganah Houston - Israeli Self Defense, Fitness, and Firearms.
 
His favorite hobbies are any water related activities such as; Flying, surfing, windsurfing, sailing, skiing, kayaking, fishing, and diving. His next sport he plans to take up is kite-boarding. "I just got a used kite and new kite board. Now it's just a matter of finding the time!" Recently I was blessed to receive the first 4 hours of flight training to obtain my "weight shift" pilot license under CFI Dane Hauser of Evolution Trikes. http://www.evolutiontrikes.com/ 
 
He has three awesome kids, two daughters and a son. Most of his free time is spent with his wife and kids watching them play football, volleyball, eating out, catching a movie, going to church, or just hanging out.
 
The family regularly attends Calvary Fellowship Beth Sharon where Pastor Don Schwarz teaches the Bible, verse by verse and line by line, for a deeper understanding of God's Word.
 
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