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 Co-Owner - Head Adult Martial Arts Instructor • Head Jeet Kune Do / Kali 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


 

Alexandru Jovica

Head Instructor - Youth and Children's Programs 

Sensei Alex has been studying and teaching martial arts for almost 25 years. His life long Martial Arts 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 Alex's rare talent, raw passion and genuine love for working with children... is second to none.

Sensei Alex's Ranking and Accolades include: 

Martial Arts Educator for 24 years
6th Degree Black Belt in NSA Blended Program under Guro Marc Halleck
5th Degree Black Belt from Degerberg Academy
Alex is known for his work as a Stuntman in Motion Pictures such as:

I, Frankenstein (2014)
Death Wish (2018)
Captive State (2019).

Alexandru Jovica - Head Youth Instructor - NSAMA from Website Videos on Vimeo.


 

Jeff Morris

Head Krav Maga Instructor • Youth Instructor  

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 for well over 15 years. His life long Military Training and Martial Arts
aids in his "hands on", dynamic approach that strongly educates, promotes awareness, builds self-esteem and gives Krav Maga students the physical and mental tools they need to detect, avoid, and when necessary...confront potentially violent situations.

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

Head Kickboxing Instructor • Jeet Kune Do / Kali Instructor • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 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 Kickboxing 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 Amir combines his Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and 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: 

3rd Degree Black Belt in NSA Blended Program under Guro Marc Halleck
Instructor under Coach Ben Seeyle - Roufusport Kickboxing Black Belt under Duke Roufus
Intermediate Level 3 under Guro Ron Balicki/Diane Inosanto in Kali
Intermediate Level 3 under Guro Ron Balicki/Diane Inosanto in Jun Fan-Jeet Kune Do
Gracie Veneration Blue Belt under Professor Dave Rosenmarkle
Studied Seiken Do Karate in the Phillippines
Studied Shotokan Karate - 1 Year


 

Jameel Massouh

Head Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor - Youth and Adult  

With over 20 years of training in wrestling to a career in professional mixed martial arts... Jameel's Fight experience and expertise in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Professor Dave Rosenmarkle (Gracie Veneration) enable students to experience Brazilian Jiu Jitsu on a whole new level.

Jameel Massouh's Ranking and Accolades include: 

20 years wrestling (since 1998)
5 years (1999-2004 practicing Okinawan Shorei Ryu Karate
14 years (2004-present) boxing/kickboxing.muay thai
14 years (2004-present) Brazilian jiujitsu/submission wrestling
14 years (2004-present) professional mixed martial arts
6 years (2012-2018) as head wrestling coach for Indian Trail High School, Kenosha, WI.
Professional Mixed Martial Arts Record :26w-9l
Professional Kickboxing Record: 2w-1l
6 months immersion martial arts training in Osaka and Nagoya Japan
8 international mixed martial arts fights (Japan, Russia, Sweden, Canada, Puerto Rico)
Main event victories in Japan, Russia, and Sweden.
10 total main event fights
WEC and Bellator Veteran
Fight Matrix's 29th ranked Featherweight in the world October, 2010
Fight! Magazine's #10 ranked Bantamweight in the world, , September 2010
ADCC West Coast Trials, 2009, semi-finalist
USBJJ, Gold Medalist, Expert nogi grappling
Combat Corner Grappling Championship: Advanced Nogi Gold Medalist, Blue Belt Gold Medalist
Nagoya Open (Japan): White Belt BJJ Tournament Champion, Blue Belt BJJ Tournament Champion.
High School Educator since 2007.
Lifelong Learner and Martial Artist


 

Joshua Lewis

Instructor - Youth and Children's Programs 

Sensei Joshua 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 Joshua'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.

Sensei Josh's Ranking and Accolades include: 

2nd Degree 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


 

Greg Sedik

Instructor - Youth and 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


 

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