Steve Sulze – Owner\Instructor
Xtreme Krav Maga & Fitness St. Louis
Steve Sulze was born and raised in St. Louis. He grew up over weight and bullied his whole childhood and after junior year in high school he decided to make a change. Since then Steve has always been involved in sports and physical activities outside of his career in IT. He had tried a few different martial arts when he was younger but felt many of the systems were not very realistic and/or intense as he wanted and never followed thru. He has been involved with weight lifting and physical training since high school and has trained numerous athletes in the St. Louis area.
When Steve saw a segment on the local news about Krav Maga in 2004, he went in the next day to try it out, and was hooked. It was exactly what he had been looking for to compliment weight training and an overall great workout while also learning realistic self defense and fighting.
After training for 6 months, he was invited by Israeli Krav Maga Black Belt Instructor Sam Sade who is one of the top instructors in the world. Steve’s next goal was to become a certified Krav Maga instructor. He trained for a couple years with Sam Sade until Sam moved back to LA. Since then Steve has trained with 4 time Golden Glove boxing & kickboxing hall of fame coach Kevin Bozada, Bas Rutten, Amir Perets, Darren Levine, Jon Pascal, Steve Berger, Ryan Hoover, J.W. Wright and more always striving to continue to improve his knowledge and skills to pass on to his instructors and students.
Steve had the vision of running the best self defense facility in the Midwest and it became a reality in 2008 when he opened Xtreme Krav Maga & Fitness St. Louis, since then it has grown to be the awesome 10,000 sq. ft. facility in Gravois Bluffs where people travel from hours away to come and train at XKM. He now has affiliates in Columbia, IL and Springfield, MO and continues to grow!
Classes Taught: Krav Maga, Kids Self Defense , MMA, Fit To Fight, Strength & Conditioning, Fitness Bootcamp
Krav Maga Law Enforcement Force Training Certified Instructor
Alpha Krav Maga International – Certified Instructor
Alpha Krav Maga Law Enforcement – Certified Instructor
Bas Rutten Fight Club – Basic Level Instructor Certified
Fit To Fight – Phase A Sparology Certified Instructor
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – 3 Stripe White Belt under J.W. Wright – Gracie Humaita
Ameteur MMA Record [1-1] NRA Basic Pistol Certified Instructor
Steve was born to do what he does. From a Krav Maga teaching perspective he is excellent transmitting his knowledge and skills not only to his students but also he is great at building the capability of his instructors.
He has built a team that cares about providing the best training to their students helping them achieve their best.
Steve has gone out of his way, taking time out of his busy schedule to be a mentor to me as I’m on my journey to open my very own Xtreme Krav Maga affiliate gym.Omar Torres
Being only 14, Steve Sulze has been one of my instructors for 5 years, and there hasn’t been a class where I was bored in, he always brings excitement, flair, and a sense of seriousness to all of his classes. He’s optimistic, passionate, determined, and he’ll push you beyond your limits, furthering your potential.
He’s cool and confident while teaching, and teaches us to ensure we can walk in peace. When he teaches us, he doesn’t want us thinking about the strikes or defenses, he wants to teach us the correct technique to perform it using muscle memory.
Over the course of my five years at Krav, Steve has helped me discover that there’s more to it than the basics and fancy, cool looking self defenses, but there’s a purpose to every little thing that we do, and Steve has opened that window to not only me, but everyone he was taught. Without his teaching and support,
I wouldn’t be where I am today, physically, mentally, or confidence wise without Steve coaching and pushing me, and being the great friend that he is.Alex Spent