Thomas Griffin, Founder, Co-owner, Head Coach
Thomas Griffin is a seasoned veteran in the martial arts and fitness industry, with an illustrious journey spanning over four decades. His lifelong dedication to martial arts began at the age of 7 when he embarked on a transformative path with a childhood friend. Recognizing Thomas's exceptional talent after just a week of training, the head instructor swiftly promoted him to the adult class, where he honed his skills against older and larger opponents.
With a remarkable list of experiences and certifications, Thomas Griffin stands as a true luminary in the field:
- Filipino Kali / Jeet Kune Do Full Instructor under Pete Jacobs, an original inner circle student of Bruce Lee.
- Muay Thai Instructor
- Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) Black Belt, awarded by the renowned Jean Jacques Machado.
- Krav Maga Black Belt
- Retired Lead Tactics Instructor and Team Field Medic for the US Fugitive Agency.
- State of Georgia POST Certified BJJ Instructor.
- Guest instructor at various law enforcement and military defensive tactics seminars.
- Certified MMA Conditioning Coach (MMACA).
- Certified Muay Thai Fitness Coach.
- CrossFit Defense (S.P.E.A.R.) Trainer under Tony Blauer.
- Certified Speed, Agility & Quickness Specialist.
- CPR/AED Certified.
His impressive coaching and CrossFit journey began in 2006 and have since accumulated a wealth of expertise, including:
- CrossFit Affiliate owner since 2006 (CrossFit Chatsworth).
- CrossFit Nutrition and Whole9 nutrition certified.
- CrossFit Striking Trainer.
- CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer.
- USAW Weightlifting Coach (sport performance).
- CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer.
- CrossFit (RKC) Kettlebell Trainer.
- CrossFit Mobility Trainer.
- CrossFit Running (POSE) / Endurance Trainer.
- CrossFit Goal Setting.
- CrossFit Certified Judge.
- CrossFit L1 Trainer.
- Certified FitRanX Instructor.
- FitRanX Level 4 Athlete.
- Spartan SGX Coach.
- TRX Certified Suspension Trainer / RIP Trainer.
- Certified Battling Ropes Coach.
- Certified Metabolic Conditioning Coach.
- Certified Figure and Physique Transformation Coach.
- 1st Phorm Legionnaire Athlete.
- Certified Underground Strength Coach.
- Certified Online Coach.
- Certified Personal Fitness Chef.
Thomas Griffin's vast knowledge, experience, and unwavering commitment have made him a respected figure in the martial arts and fitness community, influencing and shaping the lives of many.
Kimberly Griffin, Co-owner, Fitness Coach
Kimberly Griffin is a passionate fitness enthusiast with a lifelong dedication to health and wellness. As the co-owner and coach of CrossFit Chatsworth for 14 years, she empowered countless individuals to reach their fitness goals and transform their lives. Today, she continues to inspire and lead as the co-owner and coach of KravHIIT Academy, where she leverages her extensive expertise. Kimberly holds a CrossFit Level 1 Certification, as well as certifications in CrossFit Nutrition, Whole9, and CrossFit Goal Setting, demonstrating her commitment to excellence in the fitness world. With a deep love for fitness and a strong drive to help others, Kimberly Griffin is a true powerhouse in the industry.
Dustin Cawley, Krav Maga / BJJ Coach
Dustin Cawley, a martial arts virtuoso and seasoned United States Marine Corps Veteran, brings a wealth of expertise in diverse combat disciplines. Holding a Black Belt in Krav Maga and a Purple Belt in BJJ, he exemplifies his commitment to self-defense. Starting his journey in 2010, he attained the rank of Green Belt in MCMAP (Marine Corps Martial Arts Program), Dustin's skills evolved as he became a Combat Life Saver in 2013, seamlessly integrating martial prowess with life-saving capabilities. Recognized as an Expert Rifle Marksman, his discipline extends beyond hand-to-hand combat. Dustin's resilient and dedicated spirit is rooted in his proud service as a US Marine Corps Veteran, making him a martial artist with a mission.