Instructors

Jimmy Holmes - Co-Owner - Head Instructor

Mr. Jimmy Holmes began his martial arts journey under Master George Stefanescu at the age of 10 and earned his black belt at the age of 16. He now holds a 3rd Dan (3rd Degree Black Belt) in Taekwondo. He has trained under Master Jim Stoval and most notably, Grand Master Park. Jimmy is extensively training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and holds a purple belt.

Jimmy has competed in over 150 tournaments for Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing and MMA on both the national and international levels. He is also a referee for tournaments and conducts seminars and workshops on self defense.

He opened Global Martial Arts in Tomball in 2004 where he has promoted numerous students to Black Belt. His current and former students also include several AAU National Champions. 

He attended Concordia High School and went on to attend the University of Houston where he ran track. He is active in the surrounding communities working with special needs children and teaching Bible study to 5th and 6th grade students. His commitment to further developing his own martial arts skills and sharing that knowledge with others is always ongoing.

Hope Holmes - Co-Owner - Taekwondo and Kickboxing Instructor

Hi! My name is Hope Holmes! I am a co-owner and head instructor at Global Martial Arts. I am a mom to two amazing kids! I am a 2nd degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. I have been teaching martial arts since 2009, competed in many tournaments, and am always striving to continue learning and improve in Taekwondo, Muay Thai Kickboxing, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

I am very passionate about teaching martial arts and helping kids and adults achieve their goals! Martial Arts to me is much more than just learning how to kick, punch, or grapple and much more than competing in tournaments; but it is learning amazing life skills that you continue to look back on long after your training in martial arts ends.

In Physical Therapy I have chosen to focus on pediatric and sports medicine studying under therapists at Texas Children’s Downtown, Neurodevelopmental Therapy Center, Pathfinders Pediatrics and Texas Sports Medicine Center.

Over the years I have developed a way to incorporate my knowledge from physical therapy in all my classes, but specifically in developing a program for my pre-school age and young students. In our Pre-School Martial Arts classes we focus on strengthening our core and body, on body proprioception, coordination, confidence building, and character development!

I am so honored and blessed to work with your kids every day, teaching them what I love, Martial Arts! I love being able to empower kids and help them learn to work hard and believe in themselves!

Brian "Tai" Self  - Taekwondo and Tricking Instructor

Bryan has been a key instructor at Global Martial Arts for over five years. He is a second degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, and leads the GMA Demo Team. Bryan also leads the high flying, acrobatic class known as CMA (Cinematic Martial Arts), which focuses on learning the finer nuances of performing impressive tricks and flips. He has years of previous experience teaching gymnastics, and training under renowned Martial Arts acrobatics master, Daniel Perez De Tejada. Overall, Bryan has fifteen years of martial arts and acrobatics training, and continues to learn today. He also works as an actor in the Texas Renaissance Festival, and does other performance work in film, action choreography, and community plays.

Brittany Howard - Taekwondo Instructor

Brittany Howard 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo. She has competed in over 30 tournaments including 2 national championships and the Junior Olympics. She also has over 8 years of coaching experience.

Outside of the gym Ms. Brittany is a graduate of the University of Texas where she obtained a BSN in Nursing. Brittany is also currently employed as a ICU nurse at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX. 

Bo Manning - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor

 

Doug Vaughn - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor

Doug Vaughn started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Dallas TX, in 1998 at a Machado affiliate school at a time when Carlos Machado was the only black belt in this state. Since that time he has had the opportunity to train with many of the best black belts in Texas as well as Georgia, New York and Canada. Coach Vaughn has been teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for 10 years first offering classes as a blue belt out of his garage.

Currently he holds the rank of Black Belt under Professor Eddie Avelar.

Over the years coach Vaughn has worked with students from age 4 to 60 and has had great success working with students with learning disabilities as well as physical challenges.

Coach Vaughn brings with him years of experience as well as a deep understanding of the basics and an ability to break things down and make them understandable.

Outside of the gym when not at work or with his family, coach Vaughn can usually be found riding his motorcycle and is involved in a charity organization Called Bikers Against Child Abuse where he currently serves as the President of the local B.A.C.A. Chapter.