Our Instructors

Jack Szychtel -Founder/Instructor


For over 8 years, Jack has been teaching self-defense, fitness,  throughout Delaware County mainly in the Media and Newtown Square areas. As a certified Krav Maga instructor, Jack continues to train and earn even more certifications and specializations while dedicating himself to creating a vibrant, positive community that embodies the values of dedication, respect, leadership,  mental fortitude, and conscientious citizenship. He has dedicated his life to these values, and enjoys passing them on to like-minded, enthusiastic people. With black belts in Tae Kwon Do and Tang Soo Do, he continues to use his background to hone his skills of self-defense, combat mindset and third party protection. He also recently gained certification in Ground Force Method. It is a unique style to get and stay fit based on natural movements. 

Christopher Young - Instructor


Before finding Krav Maga, Chris faithfully served as a Chief Master Sergeant with the United States Air Force and retired after thirty years of service. As a way to protect himself and his daughter, Chris started to train with Jack in 2014. His commitment to Krav Maga continued to grow, leading him to earn his Instructor Certification. Chris continues to bring dedication and passion to his classes using creative ideas from the numerous amount of seminars he continues to attend. He also continues to serve his local community as Assistant Chief with the Newtown Square Fire Company, with previous ties to the Elmer Fire Department, Willow Grove Fire Department, and the Elmer Ambulance Corp with the positions of Second Lieutenant, First Lieutenant, and Captain.


Our Instructors Continued

Leah Hoopes - Instructor


A native of Delaware County and a proud wife and mother, Leah Hoopes has used her passion for empowering women in developing a successful women’s program at FitMax, while earning her Instructor Certification. With a background in competitive Crossfit, Muay Thai, and boxing, as well as licensed physical therapy for over 10 years, she has brought her own brand of enthusiasm for the past two years. Today, she continues to augment her training with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to compliment her Krav Maga skills while mentoring under Jack and Chris. When asked what motivates her to teach she said, “I love to empower women, honestly knowing that women are more confident and aggressive when they leave my class and can handle themselves out on the streets, motivates me to keep teaching and gives me purpose.”

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fitmax krav maga and combat training

34 W. Baker Street, Media, Pennsylvania 19063, United States

484 243 0206


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09:00 am – 05:00 pm