The Satori Alliance Directory
8th Degree (Hachidan) Kenpo
8th Degree Black Belt Degerberg Blend
4th Degree Black Belt Tae Kwon Do
2nd Degree (Nidan) Okinawan Kobudo
2nd Degree Black Belt Iaido (Sword Drawing)
#1 Teacher (Black Belt Equivalent) Kosho Ryu
(Black Belt) Serrado/ Escrima
(Black Belt Equivalent) Jeet Kune Do Concepts
Black Belt Holder Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Black Belt Doce Pares (Filipino Weaponry)
In 1978, Kyoshi or “Master Teacher” Dave Kovar opened his first school with a vision to empower people by teaching martial arts on a completely different level than could be found anywhere else.
Kovar’s certified instructors’ teaching methods have been designed to ensure that children learn quickly and retain what they learn.
Non-Violent Conflict Resolution
Awareness of Danger – Lures, Threats
Our methods help children explore and understand conflict through role-play and other exercises.
Tim Leard has been practicing martial arts since 1997 and has achieved the rank of 4th degree Black Belt Kovar’s Blended Kenpo as well as 2nd Degree Black Belt in Krav Maga, 1st Degree in Kuk Sul, 1st Degree in Universal Kenpo, and Blue Belt in Brazilian Jujutsu. A full time martial arts instructor since 1999, Tim is an avid practitioner and student with experience in a variety of martial and combative disciplines including jujutsu, hapkido, historical European fencing, escrima, iaido, MMA, and kickboxing. Tim has actively competed in traditional forms/kata, point sparring, and MMA. He is always looking for new learning experiences. In addition to Dave Kovar, Tim has had the honor of learning from John Whitman, Ed Parker Jr., Cassio Werneck, John Hackleman, Mike Swain, James Hiromasa, Mark DellaGrotte, Juanito Noval, Mikio Nichiuchi, Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, Farborz Azhakh, Carlos Valente, and Richard Schubert.
Tim specializes in realistic and practical self defense and has has also been certified as a KMA Force Instructor, earned a Krav Maga Practical Instructor’s diploma from Wingate Institute in Netanya, Israel, and is a member of the Krav Maga Alliance Training Team as well as having experience with the SPEAR and FAST Defense RBSD systems.. He has a passion for helping people stay safe and loves to work with military, law enforcement, and emergency services personnel who voluntarily put themselves in harm’s way in the line of duty.
Tim is experienced at, and specializes in staff development and has guided dozens of individuals on their journey to certified instructor positions. He prizes an analytical and systematic approach to teaching martial arts and training instructors. He is also a fitness and nutrition enthusiast, as and has a particular in sword-fighting.
Tim lives in Rancho Cordova, California. In his off hours, Tim can usually be found working out, practicing swordplay, or reading.