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Philip and Shelly Jauch have been married for 25 years and have four children. Their karate journey began when their second son turned 10 and they wanted to find something to help build his confidence and self-discipline and something Philip could do for exercise. A friend recommended karate as something they could do together and IBBA as a great place with friendly staff and focus on character education. “We loved the fact that the curriculum was not about fighting, but about doing your best to stop a fight and focusing on your character to always choose ‘right over might’”. Philip made great friendships and found a passion for martial arts while finding a healthy physical program, their son made connections with others and worked hard to earn his Jr. Black Belt, and eventually their daughter and 3rd son joined as well! “My favorite moment as a karate mom was cheering on my daughter and husband working to earn their Jr. Black Belt and 2nd Degree Black Belt together.” While their children have chosen to pursue other activities, the lessons they learned from karate still benefit them in many areas of their life. Philip’s passion and commitment have led him to become a school owner and study many other forms of martial arts as he continues his journey as a student. Shelly has partnered with Philip as school owner and desires to see the school continue to provide quality martial arts and character education to students of all ages. Our oldest son finally joined the IBBA team as well – he designed the website you’re reading!
Philip Jauch holds the rank of Sensei and a 3rd degree Black Belt in International Kenpo Karate Ju Jitsu under Professor Robert Austin, a 3rd degree Black Belt in Kanda Ha Kamishin Ryu Aiki Ju Jitsu under Soke Don Phillip, a Basic Instructor Certification and rank in Progressive Arnis under Chad Bailey and ongoing studies in BJJ and Wu style Taiji. He believes in supporting the journey of every student to improve themselves. He works diligently to provide a well rounded education to his students as he trains to improve his owns abilities to the same end. “I work with some of the best instructors in the industry within our school. It’s an honor to watch the students progress and grow.”
I started working in the office in February of 2014 while I finished my English Education degree at CSU. I began my employment on Valentine’s Day, which was appropriate since I truly fell in love with working here. I actually stumbled across the school on accident! I am so glad I did, though, because even without a background in martial arts, this school became my family. I am so lucky to work with such supportive and positive people. Since working here, I have seen the great impact martial arts can have on people’s lives. One of my favorite things about working here is definitely the Black Belt Extravaganza we host twice a year. It is so inspiring to see kids and adults work towards something for so long and then get to show off their hard work.
Mr. B has been training at International Black Belt Academy for 16 years. He has earned a 2nd degree black belt in International Kenpo Karate Jiu Jitsu under Professor Robert Austin, and is now a full-time instructor and the Operations Manager for our school. He is committed to teaching health and wellness as well as moral values and personal growth and development through martial arts training. “Being able to change lives and help people is what this program is all about,” he says. “I am proud to be a part of a place with such wonderful staff and students.”
Sensei Lee Urton is a lifelong Martial Artist, father of three, and veteran of the Iraq war who has been teaching at Kaizen IBBA for nearly a decade. He spent his childhood training in traditional Karate schools, and in his teenage years transitioned into western boxing before joining the Marine Corps in 2000. While a Marine, Sensei Urton served as an infantry team leader and received numerous awards and commendations for his service in combat during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Since his military service, Sensei Urton has attended CSU’s Health and Exercise Science program, as well as devoted his life to teaching and empowering people of all ages (particularly children) to live healthier, happier, and more active lives through Martial Arts, inspiring all his students to live up to their potential. As a father of three, Sensei Urton understands the value of Martial Arts in young people’s lives and the enormous positive impact it has on both physical and emotional health and he has made it his mission to share the Martial Arts with as many people as possible.
Sensei Nicholls has been an avid martial arts enthusiast for over 20 years. His varied studies have included Tai Chi, Shaolin Kung Fu, American Kenpo, and International Kenpo Karate Jiu Jitsu. His passion is teaching young adults and children, which he has been doing since he was an orange belt! Sensei Nicholls is focused on attention to detail, encouraging students to work to their highest potential.
Carissa Morris has a 3rd degree Black Belt in International Kenpo Karate Ju Jitsu and a 1st degree Black Belt in Kanda Ha Kamishin Aiki Ju Jitsu. From the time she was a blue belt, she knew that she wanted to become an instructor and has been teaching in the Fort Collins school since 2010. She has a passion for sharing the art that has changed her life. “When I started taking classes, I had no confidence in myself. I thought, how can an overweight mother of four train with these young people. After years of hard work, I know that the only person who can stop or restrict me is me. And now I can move with the best of them!”
Mike Klusman is currently a 2nd degree Kenpo instructor with the Kaizen IBBA School based in Ft. Collins Colorado. He began training in Kenpo nearly 10 years ago starting at the Loveland IBBA School for which he earned is Shodan rank under Sensei Keith Schuett whilst working as an assistant instructor. He is looking to test for his 3rd degree and work toward is Sensei-ship. He has participated in a number of seminars and competition throughout the USA and abroad following his love for Filipino Martial Arts (FMA). He has participated at the world level in live stick fighting. He continues to promote FMA and coach at the Kaizen IBBA School in hopes to share his love for FMA. His teaching emphasis is truly understanding and embracing the principles and tenants of International Kenpo Karate JiuJitsu.
Jamie Chou has been training at International Black Belt Academy since 2015 and earned his brown belt in July 2017. Back in Reno, NV he was training towards his green belt in Goju Kenpo before going on hiatus due to an injury. When his kids became old enough, the Chou family found a home at IBBA Fort Collins. While going through the ranks, he started volunteering at the Fort Collins school and is training to become an instructor. “I love martial arts and I value making a positive difference in someone’s life. As an instructor I am privileged and honored to do both.”