Meet Our Youth and Adult Instructors

A great Martial Arts Instructor is essential for a students positive and results oriented experience. Our Rank Certified
Martial Arts instructors are hand-picked for their passion, expertise, knowledge, patience, their ability to work with
children and for their desire to teach the profound lessons of both martial arts… and life.

At The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts, Our Instructors are extremely passionate to help you or your child learn and grow.
We work with each student… on an individual level – assisting, encouraging and teaching the physical and mental techniques
needed to excel, surpass personal limitations and rise above challenges. Our instructors are always available, eager to answer
any questions and will be by you or your child’s side… every step of the way.

 

Marc Halleck

NSA Owner - Head Instructor 

Marc is certified under the legendary Guro Dan Inosanto in Jun Fan/Jeet Kune Do and the Filipino Martial Arts. Marc has been training in the martial arts since 1982 and has been teaching since 1994.

Guro Marc's Ranking and Accolades include: 

Associate Level 5 Instructor under Guro Dan Inosanto in Jun Fan-Jeet Kune Do
Associate Level 5 Instructor under Guro Dan Inosanto in Filipino Kali
Instructor Level 2 under Guro Rick Faye in Filipino Kali/Jun Fan-Jeet Kune Do
Associate Instructor Level 1 under Guro Ron Balicki/Diane Inosanto in Kali
Apprentice Level 2 Instructor under Guro Ron Balicki/Diane Inosanto in Jun Fan
Instructor / Eskrimador Atillo Balintawak under Legendary Grandmaster Atillo
Author of "The 10 Levels of Panantukan-Silat Combatives" Instructional Series
Midwest Representative and Certified Spikey Israeli Defense Instructor
Member of The International Law Enforcement Educator & Trainers Association
98 World Eskrima Kali-Arnis Federation Mid-Western Regionals- 1st place
98 World Eskrima Kali-Arnis Federation Mid-Western Nationals- 2nd place
6th Degree Black Belt in Hand to Hand Combat under Guro Hock Hochheim
6th Degree Black Belt in Archipelago Combatives under Guro Hock Hochheim
3rd Degree Black Belt from Degerberg Academy International
2nd Degree Black Belt in American Bu Kyoku Ryu Karate
1st Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do
Master Knife Instructor under Guro Hock Hochheim
Certified Instructor under Sifu Pete Hetrick


 

Jeff Morris

Instructor - Children's Programs 

Sensei Jeff has been studying the martial arts for over 15 years. Retired with full honors and a 20+ year Naval Career under his belt, Sensei Jeff has been an irreplaceable asset to the Northshore Academy of Martial Arts Children's Program for well over a decade. His life long Military, Training and Martial Arts expertise reinforces his Youth Instructor style where students see the rewards of good discipline, self-confidence and positive attitudes through individual responsibility and achievement. Sensei Jeff's rare talent, raw passion and genuine love for working with children... is second to none.

Sensei Jeff's Ranking and Accolades include: 

Retired Navy Rm1 Communications Tech / Special Warfare Communications
Navy Leadership Management Instructor - IMET
IMET - International Military Education and Training
Proudly Served his Country - United States Navy - Desert Storm
Proudly Served his Country - United States Navy - Philippines
Proudly Served his Country - United States Navy - Guam
Proudly Served his Country - United States Navy - San Diego
Proudly Served his Country - United States Navy - Glenview
Proudly Served his Country - United States Navy - Rhode Island
Proudly Served his Country - United States Navy - Chicago NRD
2nd Degree Black Belt in Jun Fan - Kali under Guro Marc Halleck
2nd Degree Black Belt in Hand to Hand combat under Guro Hock Hochheim
Student of Legendary Guro Dan Inosanto
Student of Legendary Grandmaster Atillo
Student of Guro Ron Balicki
Student of Guro Rick Faye


 

Amir Deleon

Adult Programs - Kickboxing and Jeet Kune Do / Kali Instructor 

Sensei Amir is considered one of the "Original Students of the NSA" with Training that now exceeds over 15 years. His approach compliments The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts with a style that is intense, thorough and effective. His Instructor style results in a system where students invariably increase their Martial Arts knowledge, enhance their individual skill sets and achieve only their best. Sensei Ben combines his Kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do and Kali experience to produce the best Programs that Lake County, Illinois has to offer.

Sensei Amir's Ranking and Accolades include: 

Associate Level 5 Instructor under Guro Dan Inosanto in Jun Fan-Jeet Kune Do
Associate Level 5 Instructor under Guro Dan Inosanto in Filipino Kali
Instructor Level 2 under Guro Rick Faye in Filipino Kali/Jun Fan-Jeet Kune Do
Associate Instructor Level 1 under Guro Ron Balicki/Diane Inosanto in Kali
Apprentice Level 2 Instructor under Guro Ron Balicki/Diane Inosanto in Jun Fan
Instructor / Eskrimador Atillo Balintawak under Legendary Grandmaster Atillo
Author of "The 10 Levels of Panantukan-Silat Combatives" Instructional Series
Midwest Representative and Certified Spikey Israeli Defense Instructor
Member of The International Law Enforcement Educator & Trainers Association
98 World Eskrima Kali-Arnis Federation Mid-Western Regionals- 1st place
98 World Eskrima Kali-Arnis Federation Mid-Western Nationals- 2nd place
6th Degree Black Belt in Hand to Hand Combat under Guro Hock Hochheim
6th Degree Black Belt in Archipelago Combatives under Guro Hock Hochheim
3rd Degree Black Belt from Degerberg Academy International
2nd Degree Black Belt in American Bu Kyoku Ryu Karate
1st Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do
Master Knife Instructor under Guro Hock Hochheim
Certified Instructor under Sifu Pete Hetrick


 

Randy Siordia

Adult Programs - Jeet Kune Do / Kali Instructor 

With 23 years training in the martial arts, Randy has trained with top instructors. Randy has been teaching, since 1993, private lessons, group classes and seminars. Randy trains Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do and Kali under Sifu Ron Balicki (MARS). He possesses a depth of knowledge in functional versus artistic techniques and proper application in different scenarios. Randy's technical expertise and teaching style enable students to experience martial arts on a whole new level.

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Sensei Randy's Ranking and Accolades include: 

Started training in 1991 in JKD and Kali
JKD Apprentice 3 Instructor in MARS under Sifu Ron Balicki
White Glove in Savate under Professeur Nicolas Saignac
Extensive Training in Filipino Martial Arts working toward MARS Instructorship
Extensive Training in Muay Thai under Frank Cucci
Extensive Training in Submission Grappling, various arts
Other Arts Training: MAPHILINDO Silat, Open Circle Silat, Buno Filipino Grappling


 

Gretchen Hansen

Head Instructor - Youth and Women's Self Defense 

Self defense for Women is extremely important as unfortunately, statistics show that all women are good candidates for violent crime at some point in their lives. When a woman's safety is in danger, defending herself through Awareness, Preparation, De-Escalation, Avoidance and Fighting Back is the most ethical decision she can make for herself and her family.

As Head of the Women's Self-Defense Program at The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts, Sensei Gretchen teaches with a "hands on", dynamic approach that strongly educates, promotes awareness, builds self-esteem and gives women the physical and mental tools they need to detect, avoid and escape potentially violent situations.

Sensei Gretchen's Ranking and Accolades include: 

Over a Decade of NSA Training under Guro Marc Halleck
Certified Spikey Israeli Defense Instructor
Student of Legendary Guro Dan Inosanto
Student of Legendary Grandmaster Atillo
Student of Guro Ron Balicki
Student of Guro Rick Faye


 

Greg Sedik

Instructor - Children's Programs 

We welcome Sensei Greg as the newest member of The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts Team. His commitment to personal attention and his eagerness to help those children that might be struggling with a particular technique are just a few of the qualities that made him a perfect fit for the title of NSA Instructor. Known for his Steven Seagal style "Ponytail", and often seen tussling with the younger kids before class, Sensei Greg's soft spoken approach and enthusiasm for the Martial Arts can be seen in each and every class he is involved with.

Sensei Greg's Ranking and Accolades include: 

Level 1 Instructor in Pacific Archipelago Combatives under Hock Hochheim
Eskrimador Level 3 in Atillo Balintawak under Grandmaster Atillo
1st Degree Rank under Hock Hochheim in Hand to hand Combat
Currently Training in Muay Tai Boxing, Hapkido and Sanshou
Over a Decade of Yoga Training
Longest Ponytail in Lake County


 

Jonathan Lewis

Instructor - Children's Programs 

Sensei Jonathan has been with The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts since his days as a Youth Student. He has always been energetically involved in school activities including the NSA Demo Team and Youth Leadership Programs. Now, as a young adult, Sensei Jonathan's continued education, enthusiasm, discipline and martial arts spirit exemplifies his status as the ideal student. He is a superb role-model and mentor to all NSA Youth and we are privileged to have him as part of the NSA team... and proud to call him a friend.

Sensei Jonathan's Ranking and Accolades include: 

Black Belt in NSA Blended Program under Guro Marc Halleck
Northshore Academy of Martial Arts Demo Team
Northshore Academy of Martial Arts Youth Leadership Program


 

Tatiana Soeder

Front Desk - Program Director - Keeper of the Order 

As the Northshore Academy Program Director, Tatiana Soeder is often the first voice heard, or the first face seen, when parents and students inquire about The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts.

She oversees innumerable details important to the day-to-day operation of The NSA: Greeting families, parents and students as they arrive, playing with children as their brothers or sisters train, handling clerical work behind the scenes and even just to chat with you while your child gets dressed before class... She just truly cares about the happiness of others.

With that said... It is our greatest pleasure to have Tatiana as the "First Face" of the NSA... and as you'll soon find out... she's one of the nicest people you'll ever meet.
 
 


 

Max

Northshore Academy of Martial Arts Mascot 

Max, a BullMastiff, is fearless, confident and obedient to his masters wishes. Smart and reliable, he can be an independent thinker, yet he always wants to please. He's a natural guardian and will respond instantly if threatened.

Max's Ranking and Accolades include: 

6th Degree Black Belt in Dog E Doh under Guro Arf Arf
3rd Degree Black Belt in Scooby Snack Combatives under Deputy Dog
3rd Degree Black Belt in Sit and Shake from K-9 Academy International