Roanoke Valley Academy of Martial Arts

We will equip you with the self-defense skills needed for personal and home security. In today’s world, being prepared to defend yourself, family and friends from an impending threat is more important now than ever before. Our Instructors have the experience to help you acquire these skills and make sure you are ready for anything!


Bryan Cochran, Owner

Bryan Krav InstructorWith over 20 years experience in teaching Martial Arts, Bryan has a passion for teaching students of all ages realistic self-defense skills that will prepare them for any real world threat. Bryan holds a  4th degree Black Belt in Kempo Karate, a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jui Jitsu, and earned his Krav Maga Instructor Certification from Atlas Krav Maga.

When he is not training or teaching Martial Arts, Bryan enjoys running, mountain biking, hiking, working out and shooting his firearms at the range.

  John Perez

A native of upstate NY, John is a Krav Maga blue belt under Dr. Michael Blitz at Blitz Krav Maga in Long Island, NY. He is a Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor as well as a USAF veteran.

In his spare time John enjoys hiking with his dog, Chewie, fishing, watching movies, and flying his Piper Dakota as many places as he can.




Nathan Julius

Nate Krav Instructor

Nathan is a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do and started training at Roanoke Valley Academy of Martial Arts in 2014 in Kempo Karate, BJJ, and Krav Maga. He earned his Krav Maga Instructor Certification at Atlas Krav Maga. A combat veteran and current Army reservist, Nate is a Marksmanship Instructor.

Outside of training, Nate works on his farm with his wife and step-son and enjoys hiking with his dog, Stella.