Instructors & Leadership Students


Mr. John Kruger & Jennifer Kruger
- Mr. & Mrs. Kruger are the owners of the Danville school

Mr. Kruger is a newly promoted 5th Degree Black Belt, Certified Instructor.  Mr. Kruger was the 2005 Illinois State Champ in Sparring, 17-29 Men Division & 2013 State Champ in Combat.  Mr. Kruger holds certification in PPCT Knife Defense and Train the Trainer. He is a native of Danville, a graduate of Danville High School, and left his full time employment in early 2013 to run the school full-time. John is also a student of Red Dragon Japanese Jujitsu, and enjoys ground fighting, playing cards, and computer games.

Mrs. Kruger is a 3rd Degree Black Belt and Certified Instructor. Mrs. Kruger was Illinois State Champ in Forms & Sparring, 17-29 Women Division, in 2006. Mrs. Kruger holds certification in PPCT Disruptive Student Management and Bullying Prevention. She was born and raised in Danville, a graduate of Danville High School, and DACC with an Associate’s in Marketing.  She also holds an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science thru McAllister Institute of New York.  Jen enjoys to read Stephen King and romance novels, travel to warm and exotic places, and has a hard time saying no! She currently is past president of Danville Sunrise Rotary, a members of Danville Ambucs, secretary of Vermilion County Funeral Director's Association, and current secretary and past president of Danville Executive Club. When she is not at the school she can be found at her other business, Kruger-Coan-Pape Funeral Home in which she is the owner and Funeral Director/Embalmer. 

Mrs. Kimberly L. Hagley -
Mrs. Hagley is a 3rd Degree Black Belt and Specialty Certified Instructor. She is the mother of Mrs. Kruger.  She currently works for Danville D118 in the cafeteria at Meade Park School. Kim was a former Y Kids staff member before moving to our program in 2017. She lives in Bismarck wither her husband Eric and also has 2 other children besides Mrs. Kruger, and two grandchildren.  She attended Bismarck Grade School and High School, and attended DACC. Kim is a big supporter and planner of our Relay for Life team, as well as instrumental in planning our Ambucs show every year  
Mr. Robert Finley-  Mr. Bob as the kids call him is a Certified Trainee Instructor and 3rd Degree Black Belt. His wife and son are also former instructors and Black Belts.  Joining for the excercise, it wasn't long before he felt his competitive edge come out. Mr. Finley is the 2010 Illinois State Champ in Sparring & Form, 50-59 Mens Division,  2011 Illinois State Champ in Sparring and Form, 50-59 Mens Division, and 2012 Illinois State Champ as both a color belt in Sparring, Form & Weapons, and as a Black Belt in Sparring & Form.  He was 2013 Illinois State Champ in all three divisions as well, and made World Top Ten in 2013-earnign 3rd in the World in Combat Sparring. Nowadays Mr. Bob mainly attends testings, special events, and assists with seminars as he recently underwent Open Heart Surgery and Hernia Surgery. 
Mr. Christopher Adkins- Christopher is a Certified Trainee Instructor and a 3rd Degree Black Belt-and yes he uses a walker.  Christopher was our first Special Abilities Student, being born with a condition called Mitochondial Disease. He is 21 years old and attends DACC in their Culinary Arts Program. He graduated from DHS and worked for a short time through Work Source. Christopher was 2012 Illinois State Champ in Form & Sparring, 12-14 year old, Boys Special Abilities, 2013 Illinois State Champ in Form, Weapons & Sparring, 12-14 Year Old Boys Special Abilities, and was World Top Ten in 2014 earning the honor of 2014 World Champ in Form! He enjoys volunteering for the monthly Food Basket program at St. James Church and likes traveling to the beach.

Mr. Gabriel Marlow- Gabriel is a 3rd Degree Black Belt and a Certified Trainee Instructor.  He works as an ASP staff member, enjoys teaching the kids classes, and can also be found at Country Carpentry where he recently began working as a construction worker. He was a transfer student when we assumed classes at the YMCA. He can also be found playing video games, watching movies, and playing card games. Mr. Gabe recently bought his first house in Danville!

Mr. Kenny Merrill- Kenny started with us when he was 3 years old and has never left since. Now a big brother to an ornery red headed four year old sister in our program, he has became an awesome Junior Instructor in late 2016. In middle school at Bismarck Junior High he has expanded his sports enthusiasm to include Basketball and Game Club as well. He can often be found playing Fort Nite.

Miss Seven Ellis- Seven joined the Kruger family in 2014 and has become one of the most dedicated students and instructors ever! As part of the after school program, Seven attends classes and teaches everyday of the week and loves working with the younger children. She attends along with her brother and sister,  earned her 2nd Degree Black Belt in February of 2019, and is a Trainee Instructor. She attends Westville HIgh School.

Mr. Kaden Ellis- Kaden was also a 2014 addition to the school and shares the title of most dedicated with his sister Seven. As part of our After School Program, he is also a Trainee Instructor and 2nd Degree Black Belt, Kaden is part of our XMA program and never misses a tournament within driving distance. He has his sights set on becoming a state champ and owning his own school someday.

Miss Ava Ellis- The youngest in the Ellis siblings, Ava joined our Leadership program in 2017. She is a 1st degree BlackBelt and attends Westville schools.

Photo Coming Soon!   Mr. Garrett Williford- Garrett is a 3rd Degree Black Belt, a Trainee Instructor, and  he lives in Danville with his parents and a little sister. He has been a member of our school since 2012 and has a great sense of humor, a willingness to work hard, and is cautious enough for all of us! Garrett attends DHS where he recently earned his driver's license and is an active, longtime member of the Marching Band. 

Ms. Wendy Richards- Wendy began with our program six years ago when she enrolled both of her sons. Now adults, only one still attends, but we hired Ms. Wendy as both an ASP volunteer and an Instructor for our Warrior XFit/Kickboxing Program. Wendy lives in Danville with her husband, three kids, and her first grandchild, and is a Licensed Daycare Provider in Illinois. She is a Trainee Instructor.

Mr. Isaac McDowell- Isaac joined our Instructorship program in 2016 as one of our youngest in the Junior Trainee Instructor Program. Isaac lives in Westville with his mom and his Grandma and earned his 2nd Degree Blackbelt in early 2019. He likes to play Nerf Wars, ride his bike, and also plays baseball in the summer months. Isaac's newfound love is the Bahng Mahng Ee and creating a form in XMA!


Mr. Ashton Norwell- Ashton was a month shy of his thirteenth birthday when he passed away in early 2010.  He has been with our school since 2005, and was preparing to test for 2nd Degree Recommended Black Belt, and become an instructor.  Born with a bad heart, his body failed him on April 26th, 2010 at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Though we will always miss him, Ashton is now in Heaven working out with Eternal Grand Master with a heart pure as gold, as good as new.
Photo Coming Soon!        Mr. Wade Bryant- Wade is a 3rd Degree Black belt and a Leadership student. He has been part of our Special Abilities Program since 2010. Wade was born with a heart defect, ADHD, multiple learning disabilities and numerous ticks, but has never let it stop him from doing what he wants. Wade graduated from Danville High School, works at Work Source, and lives at home with his parents and two siblings. He became an uncle in 2016.

Miss Katie Adkins- Pee Wee as she is affectionately known to many of us, was on the mats as soon as she could walk, as she followed Mrs. Kruger around and mimicked everything she did! Taking the title of our youngest Black Belt, she began classes at age 2 and hasn't stopped since. Currently she is a 2nd Degree BlackBelt, and she began in our Leadership Program in 2016. Her goal now is State Champ on her uniform. Her big brother is Christopher.

Photo Coming Soon!    Mr. A.J. Esteves- AJ is our newest instructor and is very excited about learning the ropes! He was set a goal by Mr. Kruger this summer and achieved it in three short months! AJ is a color belt student, has been attending with us for about a year, and lives with his mom and his pug Nicky in Danville and attends Danville Grade Schools.

Photo Coming Soon!    Miss Paige Lipa- Paige is a leadership student and attends Warren Central schools. She is a 1st Degree Black Belt and has attended classes since she was five years old. Her family lives in the Covington area, where her Dad is an electrician and her mom is a nursing school student. Paige enjoys cheering, swimming and also takes piano lessons.

Photo Coming Soon!    Mr. Ian Fitzgerald- Mr. Ian is closing in on his black belt, and has been attending wiht us for nearly four years! He attends Schlarman Academy and has both an older sister who just left for college and a younger brother who now attends with us as well! His Daddy is a pilot (super cool job), and Ian is an amazingly dedicated and hard working student who always shows up to every class he is scheduled to help with.

Photo Coming Soon!    Mr. Gavin Price- Gavin is closing in on his 1st Degree BlackBelt, and is also closing in on his High School Diploma! A DHS student, he is looking forward to earning his driver's license and getting a job in the near future. 

Photo Coming Soon!    Mrs. Kelly Smith- Mrs. Kelly is retired from numerous careers throughout the years including working at St. Elizabeth's Hospital and being a Dog Trainer. Besides working in our After School Program, she also cleans our facility (and many others-she is great), and has been a caregiver for many family members. Kelly also has a history of showing dogs and earning many titles and awards. She is very active in the local Eastern Star Chapter and lives in Catlin with her husband Montel and her two dogs- Walter and Sammy. 

Photo Coming Soon!    Mrs. Lindsay Hagley- Miss Lindsay is another Kruger/Hagley family member that works in our After School Program. WIth a background in education and agriculture, she is fantastic when it comes to helping with homework! Lindsay attended both Purdue and DACC where she graduated with multiple certificates and degrees and currently is also a stay at home mommy and sells USborne Books! She is very active at her church, Second Church of Christ where she also volunteers every Tues night and every Sunday. 

Photo Coming Soon!    Ms. Emily Pruitt

Photo Coming Soon!    Mr. Colton Stahl- Colton is a 2nd Degree BlackBelt and longtime student of our program. His older brother attended long ago, before Colton was even born! Colton attends North Ridge Middle School and is a member of their Jazz Band and Yearbook. He enjoys school, works hard, and never turns down a new challenge. His mom owns her own Salon in Tilton and his Dad works for the Union. 

Photo Coming Soon!    Ms. Sarah Caulderon

Photo Coming Soon!    Ms. Ashley Metz- Ms. Ashley has two sons that are active in our program and is preparing to welcome a little girl in December of 2019. She lives in Georgetown and is an animal, nature, and child lover. She left her job at the Polyclinic for something a little more flexible, secure, and that lets her play!