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DAVE’S PRIME NUMBERS

 

10

Earned varying degrees of blackbelts in 10 different styles of Martial Arts.

40

Forty years in the martial arts business.

150

Keynotes on leadership, business and personal development.

280+

Martial Arts Instructor Colleges and Business Boot Camps throughout the world in nine countries.

500+

Coached over five hundred martial arts schools since 1999 with ProMAC.

50

Sparred 50 back-to-back rounds with fresh opponents on 50th birthday.

13

Operates thirteen Kovar's Satori Academies.

50,000+

Over fifty thousand students taught since 1974.

4,800+

Promoted over forty-eight hundred students to Black Belt.

1,500

Founded and developed DoneWithBullying, which launched in 1500 locations throughout the world.

350

Conducted 350 grade school assemblies on respect, self-control and anti-bullying strategies.

200+

Founded and developed LiveSafe Training, a self-defense course for teens and adults, and led over 200 of these courses.

200+

Produced and directed hundreds martial arts instructional videos used by school owners the world over.

2

Spent 2 weeks teaching self-defense to young orphan girls in Nepal.

26

Gave 26 grade school assemblies in 6 days on The Five Ways to Say No to Drugs, Tobacco and Negative Pressure for Red Ribbon Week.

AwardsAwards

  • 2019

    Instructor of the Year

    Named "Instructor of the Year" by Black Belt Magazine.

  • 2018

    Hanshi Title

    Awarded the title of “Hanshi” (Model Person/Model Gentleman) for 40 years of leadership by world-renowned Martial Arts Master Shihin Mishiuchi.

  • 2018

    Governor’s Proclamation

    Presented with the Governor’s Proclamation on the 40th anniversary of Kovars.

  • 2017

    Presenter of the Year

    RevGear’s Presenter of the Year.

  • 2013

    EFC Award

    Received the Educational Funding Company Award, Washinton D.C.

  • 2009

    Lifetime Achievement Award

    Lifetime Achievement Award from the Martial Arts Industry Association. Other recipients include: Chuck Norris, Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, and Tony Robbins.

  • 2000

    EFC Award

    Received the Educational Funding Company Award, Birmingham, U.K.

  • 1992

    Instructor of the Year

    International Martial Arts Association’s Instructor of the Year.

  • 1988

    National Karate Champion

    National Karate Champion.

  • 1982

    Competitor of the Year

    California Karate League’s Competitor of the Year award.

  • 1971

    First Place

    Won 1st place in Star King Grade School’s Wheelbarrow Race.

Entreprenaurial Adventures

1971

Began wrestling.

1973

Began Karate in 1973.

1974

Began teaching martial arts.

1978

6 months out of high school, opened his first Martial Arts School.

1980

Directed and starred in Black Belt Fighting Techniques, arguable the first Martial Arts instructional video series in the United States.

1982

Had to take a day job as a house painter to make ends meet.

1987

Partnered with older brother, Tim, and returned to full-time instructor. BUSINESS SKYROCKETS!

1992

Dave and Tim purchased the current headquarters school in Carmichael, California. (For most of the 90s, this location was considered the largest martial arts school in the U.S., both in square footage and number of students (903).

1992

Performed for President Bush at a presidential dinner in LA.

1993

Opened second location in Granite Bay, California.

1994

Lead actor in the Martial Arts/Sci-Fi movie “Lucid Dreams.” Don’t ask.

1996

Opened third school location in Fair Oaks, California.

1996 - present

Starred in the local cable TV show, “Kovar's Home Martial Arts Show.”

1997 - 2003

ABC local affiliate’s (TV10) “Noon News Safety Expert.”

2000 - 2015

Lead instructor for the Martial Arts Industry Association.

2001

Opened fourth school in South Sacramento, California.

2004

Partnered with VC company to open a chain of Martial Arts school throughout the U.S. and went from 4 to 20 schools in 18 months.

2005

Realized that Kovar’s expanded too fast and was destined for bankruptcy if we didn’t adjust.

2006

Brought on David Chamberlain as CEO of Kovar’s, Inc. Stopped the bleeding by going from 20 locations to 8 locations in 18 months.

2006 - 2009

Managed to survive despite consistent losses and an onslaught of creditors.

2010

Kovar’s, Inc. made a small profit for the first time since the start of the failed expansion.

2010

Designed and help launch The Satori Challenge, an online, 9-week, mind/body health and fitness challenge, edging Kovar’s outside the martial arts industry for the first time.

2011

Wrote his first book—A Dad’s Toolbox for Better Parenting.

2014

Wrote his second book—The Martial Arts Instructor’s Toolbox.

2015

Wrote his third book—Brief Moments of Clarity.

2017

Partnered with retired NBA player, Larry Hughes, to start Basketball Training Systems (BTS)—a youth basketball academy emphasizing Life Skills.

2019

Business is better than ever. We have been running in the black since 2010, we have a world class team of nearly 100 and are very close to having paid in full all past investors, never having filed for reorganization as was suggested by numerous business consultants, as well as our own Board of Directors. Whew!!!

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