About Us

Our mission is to inspire children to make positive choices

About Crouching Tigers

Crouching Tigers has a unique curriculum that is geared towards children ages two and up. This curriculum, written specifically for young children, incorporates a variety of games and activities to reinforce the lessons taught in class. The Crouching Tigers curriculum is taught in cycles with each cycle completed in three months and ending with a promotion ceremony. Promotion ceremonies are a time when children have the opportunity to receive a higher belt rank.

Crouching Tigers classes are so much more than martial arts classes and covers many different safety tips for children such as stranger danger, bully awareness and what to do when lost in a public place. Additionally, children are taught healthy eating, fire safety, and even germ awareness. The goal of the curriculum is to teach children the importance of taking care of themselves no matter what type of situation may occur. The curriculum also focuses on a variety of life skills such as honesty, respect, confidence, perseverance, integrity, and courtesy.

Crouching Tigers was founded by Olivia Roney Mitchell in 2007 with a goal of making martial arts accessible to a larger demographic of children

Our Core Values

  • We focus on the positive
  • We build impactful relationships
  • We never stop learning
  • We like ourselves
  • We strive to be a positive example
  • We are adaptable
  • We build a positive team and family spirit

Our Founder + CEO

Olivia Roney Mitchell

Introducing the Visionary Behind Crouching Tigers! 🌟 In 2007, Olivia Roney Mitchell embarked on the journey of founding Crouching Tigers with a distinct purpose – to democratize martial arts for a diverse generation of children. Since its establishment, Crouching Tigers has impacted the lives of numerous young individuals, spreading the joy of martial arts across the landscapes of Indiana and Illinois.

Olivia, a dedicated mother of three, is not only the driving force behind our unique curriculum but also the imaginative creator of our beloved Tiger characters. With an impressive array of accomplishments, Olivia boasts black belts in three distinct martial arts disciplines. Furthermore, she holds the mantle of a certified yoga instructor, an accomplished author, and an esteemed graduate of IUPUI.

At the heart of Olivia’s mission lies a steadfast commitment to empowering children with the tools to make constructive choices. Crouching Tigers stands as a testament to her vision, instilling positive values and virtues in young hearts.

Our Team

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Kristen Zogbi

Program Director

Our Indiana Program Director, Kristen Zogbi! A fearless leader of our pack, Kristen has been with us for 12 years and has grown our Indiana territory while growing her family. Wishing this Crouching Tiger boss an extra special birthday! 🧡🎉

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Sensei Victoria

Assistant State Director

Victoria currently holds the Assistant State Director position for SouthEast Indy territory! She has been with the company since the beginning of 2023 and has had a blast getting to know everyone!

“My biggest goal is to be a positive example every minute of every class. Every second counts when building impactful relationships! I find my inspiration for my goal in the hearts and attitudes of our CT students — they always come with determination, willingness, and perseverance. I seriously love watching the kiddos grow up and take our Crouching Tigers LifeSkills with them.”

We love having Victoria as a part of our team! Let us know if your child has had her in class! 🧡

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Steve Zogbi

Master Trainer

Sensei Steve joined Crouching Tigers in 2009 and has since brought amazing energy and passion to the program. With a physical education background, Sensei Steve is able to bring unique tips and tricks to instructors and empower them to be their best instructors and offer the best program to their students.

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Sensei Leah

Instructor

Sensei Leah Marin started at Crouching Tigers in January of 2023. She grew up in Lafayette, IN, and has a Business Management degree from Marian University! In her free time she really enjoys exercising, dancing, spending time with family, and baking. A fun fact about her is that she just started her 3rd season on the Indiana Pacers dance team, the Indiana Pacemates!

“My favorite part of the job is watching my student’s confidence in themselves grow during their time in Crouching Tigers! Crouching Tigers can make kiddos feel so accomplished and proud of themselves, and I am so honored to be able to watch that throughout their time with me in class!”

You’ll see Sensei Leah in your child’s Promotion Ceremonies this week! We love having her as a part of our team. 🧡

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Sensi Hunter

Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader, dance/barre instructor

Sensei Hunter is a current Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader, dance/barre instructor, and a graduate of West Virginia University! Hunter loves to teach and work with children! In her downtime she enjoys traveling and playing with her dog, Indie.

“My favorite part of Crouching Tigers is being able to teach children life skills, in addition to fitness and martial arts! I love watching the kids grow in their character development just as much as their martial arts skills!”

 

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Tiffany

Program Director

Meet our Illinois Program Director, Tiffany! 🐯

Sensei Tiffany has a love and passion for Martial Arts and fitness! She is a certified Martial Arts Master in Taekwondo, holds a 4th dan black belt and additionally holds rank in several types of Korean art forms. Tiffany has competed in over 200+ martial arts competitions including Jr.Olympics, Nationals and IL State. Tiffany has over 20 years of experience in the martial arts industry teaching, leading and managing martial arts facilities, understanding the importance of business relations. Tiffany is also a certified personal trainer, certified stretch therapist and is certified in CPR/first-Aid/AED.

She has been a great addition to our team!

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Sensei Jacky

Assistant Program Director

Sensei Jacky is the Assistant Program Director for our Illinois team! Jacky has been with Crouching Tigers since August of 2021 and has been working with kids the last 5 years! Outside of classes, she has 4 kids of her own, ranging from 8 years old to 15 years old.

“I love working with kids and seeing the connections they make as they learn and grow” – Sensei Jacky

She is an amazing instructor and we love having her as a part of the Crouching Tigers family! 🤩 Leave a comment if Sensei Jacky is your child’s instructor!

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Sensei David

Instructor

Sensei David has been teaching martial arts to kids of all ages for over 15 years and joined the Crouching Tigers team in early 2019!

“I love watching each of my students learn and develop as a person through character building and physical skills. I’m excited to have your child in class as we work towards being a more confident and mindful person than we were yesterday.”

Is Sensei David your child’s instructor?! Let us know in the comments! 🖤

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Sensei Famus

Instructor

Sensei Famus loves working with kids and being active. He has participated in a few martial arts growing up like Karate, Muay Thai, and Boxing. He also loves football and played professionally in the IFL, working out with a few NFL and CFL teams over the last few years.

“I have been with Crouching Tigers for about 5 months now and my favorite part would be our ceremonies and seeing parents get just as excited as their kids when they break their boards!”

We love having Sensei Famus as a part of our Chicago team!

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Sensei Zo

Instructor

Sensei Zo has been with Crouching Tigers since September of 2021! In his free time, he is also a yoga instructor and a wrestling coach!

“My favorite part of Crouching Tigers is seeing the kids learn how to both have fun and learn discipline. I love seeing them apply the LifeSkills they learn in class as well as help them along their fitness and martial arts journey!”

Zo has such a positive energy in class, we love having him as a part of our team!