R_IMG_2555Eric Kolesar – Owner/Head Coach
Eric has been training martial arts for nearly 3 decades and coaching for over 20 years. Having started wrestling at 8 years old and then experiencing traditional martial arts, he later found the competitive side, in Muay Thai. Having competed across the USA in Muay Thai and Kickboxing, he was still searching for more. It was at that time that he found Crazy Monkey Defense and it was after being introduced to Crazy Monkey and CMD Founder Rodney King in 2005, that he rediscovered the reason he started training martial arts in the first place, to take the lessons learned on the mat and use them to become a champion in life. Since that time he has made it his mission to change the way that martial arts is viewed, coached and experienced. Eric is a veteran of 20+ years of service in the US Army, having served as an infantryman for over 12 years and as a Relief Commander at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. He is husband, father of 3 children and a martial artist. Eric teaches modern martial arts as a life performance vehicle and where it counts most in self preservation!

His achievements include:

  • VP of Global Trainer Operations, CMD Intl.
  • USA/UK Director of CM Trainer Development, CMD Intl.
  • Licensed CMD Coach, awarded the Rank of Gold Gloves, 2nd Lace by CMD Founder Rodney King
  • Monkey Jits – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt
  • Certified Level 1 CIA (Combat Intelligent Athlete) Program
  • Certified Level 1 EMP (Embodied-Mind Performance) Program for Sparring Performance
  • CIA Edge Knife Defense Trainer
  • Permission to teach Narkradam Muay Thai by Ajarn Kham Narkradam
  • Certified Sitsuriyasak Muay Thai Coach
  • Army Combatives Instructor
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • IKFF Certified Kettlebell Trainer Level 1
  • B.A. IDS, Social Sciences, Central Washington University
  • Master of Science Degree, Leadership and Coaching, Bellevue University (Nov 2016)

IMG_2908 Saiko Shima – Owner/Head Coach
Saiko has been practicing meditation since age 5 and hatha yoga for over 15 years.  In the last decade, she has taught yoga all over Washington State, Japan, and India.  Before her yoga career began, she was a corporate sales manager for the largest Japanese travel company in Manhattan NYC for 9 years.  After witnessing 9/11, she moved to Seattle and started her second career as a yoga teacher.  Her motivation is to see each client’s growth through the sessions she provides, while she motivates herself for her own continuous education and training through yoga, meditation and kettlebell sports.  Her teaching is authentic, caring, and catered to each individual’s needs through the art she is coaching.  In addition to her group classes, she is available for personal training and private sessions.

Her credentials include:

  • B.A. Degree in English Literature, College of Saint Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • Certified Bikram Yoga Teacher (2004)
  • Certified Power Yoga Teacher under Bryan Kest (2005)
  • Yin Yoga Teacher Training under Paul Grilley (2006)
  • Iyengar Yoga Training in Mumbai, India (2008-9)
  • Certified Pre-Natal Yoga Teacher under Colette Crawford (2009)
  • Certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (2010)
  • IKFF Certified Kettlebell Teacher Level 1 (2013)
  • IKFF Certified Kettlebell Teacher Level 2 (2014)
  • NW Kettlebell Championship, 50kg weight class, Snatch Rank 1, 1st Place (2014)
  • Certified as an Instructor of The Face Yoga Method by Fumiko Takastu (2014)
  • IKFF BC Championship, 50 kg weight class, One Arm Long Cycle, Rank 1, 1 st Place (2015)
  • OKC Vancouver BC Open Championship, 48kg weight class, One Arm Long Cycle, 1st Place (2015)
  • IKFF NW Championship, 50 kg weight class, Two Arm Long Cycle, Rank 1, 1st Place (2015)
  • IKFF Worlds Championship, 50 kg weight class, Two Arm Long Cycle, Rank 1, 1st Place (2015)
  • Monkey Jits – BJJ Blue Belt

post2 Stacy Weigert – CMD Licensed Trainer
Stacy has been training in martial arts for over 2 decades, his experience ranges from traditional martial arts to competitive boxing, kickboxing and MMA. After being introduced to the Crazy Monkey Defense Program in 2009 by CMD Coach Eric Kolesar, he began to focus his energy and passion into improving is personal game. In 2011, Stacy joined the Crazy Monkey Defense Trainers Program and is looking to pass on his knowledge, experience and passion for positive martial arts. He has worked in the Security and Loss Prevention Industry for the past 15 years and is currently the retail asset protection manager for a big box retailer.

His achievements include:

  • Licensed Crazy Monkey Defense Trainer
  • Awarded the Rank of Silver Gloves for Sparring Performance
  • Certified Level 1 Red Zone Knife Defense
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt, Kenpo Karate
  • Earned Instructor Rating in Kali and Escrima
  • Earned Basic Specialization Level in Kutao Silat, Ler Drit Muay Thai, and Aikijiujitsu
  • Earned Junior Instructor Rating in Jeet Kun Do
  • Iowa Regional Golden Gloves Runner up 1999, 2000, 2001
  • Iowa Regional Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion 2002

rhonda1 Rhonda Black – Asst. Kettlebell/Yoga Instructor Rhonda fell in love with yoga after taking her first class. She immersed herself in Yin Yoga taking as many classes as possible and soaking up all the knowledge she could. In March 2014, she completed the intensive 70-hour training and mentorship with esteemed Master Yin Yoga Teacher Saiko Shima. She enjoys how Yin Yoga integrates the body, mind and soul. By practicing stillness in a pose, yoga teaches our minds how to be still. This carries over into our lives away from the mat. Rhonda finds great enjoyment in helping others to experience the powerful healing energy of Yin Yoga.  Rhonda was then introduced to kettlebells by Coach Saiko and found her passion.  She has been a dedicated kettlebell athlete, competing in events across the Pacific Northwest.  She has gained a great deal of knowledge and experience that she is ready to share with the Crazy Monkey USA kettlebell community. 

Her achievements include:

  • IKFF Certified Kettlebell Teacher Level 1 (2015)
  • IKFF Certified Kettlebell Teacher Level 2 (2016)
  • IKFF NW Kettlebell Championships 2015, 8kg Snatch 1st Place, Rank 1
  • Saiko Yoga Method Yin Yoga Teacher Level 1

ronRon Long – CMD Apprentice Trainer
Ron has been training at Crazy Monkey USA since 2012.  He is a dedicated martial artist that enjoys the personal challenge and process of authentically expressing ones self through the movement.  Ron joined the Crazy Monkey Trainers Program in 2015 and is now developing himself as a trainer, passing the knowledge he has learned to others.

His achievements include:

  • Awarded the Rank of Purple Gloves, 1 Lace for Sparring Performance

lindaLinda Banning – Assistant Yoga Teacher
Linda started her physical practice over 35 years ago with weight training & bodybuilding. She competed several times in her early 20’s before moving on to create her own practice based on personal goals. Around the same time Linda began her journey into self healing, learning from several different teachers & sources. In the early 1990’s she spent 61/2 years learning, practicing & teaching energy healing, meditation & shamanic practices.  

In 2012 Linda fell in love with yoga as soon as she entered a hot room in the morning in the middle of winter. She has been practicing hatha & vinyasa & yin yoga ever since.  In March of 2015 Linda completed a 70hr Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Saiko Shima followed by an apprenticeship. She has been teaching ever since. Linda has found yin yoga to be a tremendous aide to her personal growth & healing, She also loves sharing the practice with others & helping them grow on their own journey.