Born in the former USSR, Yarik moved to the US in 2003. He began his martial arts training in early 2013. He was studying Judo and Japanese Jiu Jitsu with a former member of the US Sport Ju Jitsu Team and multiple US Judo Kata champion Heiko Rommelmann Jr. His club was very competitive and Yarik participated in numerous Judo tournaments, winning some of them. On the side Yarik was a competitive powerlifter and participated in several tournaments across the country.
In 2021 Yarik decided to focus on self defence and started to train at Invictus Krav Maga with IKMF CA State Director John Montalbano and Expert 2 Stephan Sandoval. In a short time he was able to attend many seminars and train with Expert 5 Tamir Gilad, Expert 3 Paula Meyers, and other world-class Krav Maga practitioners.
Based on his commitment and extensive martial arts background, Yarik was invited to enroll in the instructor program and received his IKMF Civilian Instructor certification from IKMF Expert 3 Paula Meyers in 2022.
Other than Krav Maga, Yarik is an avid motorcycle rider. In his free time, if he is not riding his motorcycle or training in Krav Maga, he can be found on a shooting range or in a gym, working out with heavy weights and kettlebells.
Yarik is available for private lessons, corporate seminars and group lessons for various groups (ie sororities, women's groups, church groups, etc). Yarik can be reached at email@example.com