Philip Kennedy began martial arts as a teenager studying Tae Kwon Do in Richmond, Virginia under Grandmaster Dong. As an adult, he returned to martial arts earning his 2nd degree black belt in American Freestyle Karate under Master John Bowersox.
While continuing to study American Freestyle Karate and Shotokan, he found a passion for the reality based system of Commando Krav Maga. Mr. Kennedy is currently a level 4 certified instructor, a certification he achieved under the guidance of Moni Aizik, CKM founder and owner of Combat Survival Inc. and Andrew Clough, CKM Elite Team Instructor and owner of Boondock Survival in Blackshear, Georgia. In addition to unarmed defensive tactics he is also a TAC 3 firearms instructor through the Israeli Tactical School. His completion of TAC 1-6 with owner and chief firearms instructor Tomer Israeli, former chief security officer with the Shin-Bet, provides training for active shooter and home invasion protection.
Mr. Kennedy continues to train in martial arts and travels to attend training camps ensuring he is bringing the most current training possible to his students. In addition to Virginia Self-Defense & Fitness Mr. Kennedy is the self defense and martial art instructor for Mary Baldwin College in Staunton Virginia.
In his spare time, Mr. Kennedy enjoys spending his time on the water with his wife, his son and their two German shepherds.
- Commando Krav Maga – Level 4 Instructor
- Combat Survival Inc. – Total Officer Protection Instructor
- TAC 3 Firearms Instructor – Israeli Tactical School
- American Freestyle Karate – 2nd Degree Black Belt
- Shotokan Karate – Red Belt
What Others Have to Say
“It has been a pleasure and honor over the years getting to know martial artist Philip Kennedy. He has demonstrated himself to be both an exceptional student and great instructor in the practice of CKM (COMMANDO KRAV MAGA), but more importantly a good man and friend to humanity.”
– Founder, Boondock Survival