Meet a Chamber Member By Heather Maxwell, Executive Director, Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce
Matt and Stephanie Numrich of Phoenix Krav Maga and Fitness and their children. (Special to 85086 Magazine)
Phoenix Krav Maga and Fitness owners Matt and Stephanie Numrich want to make their students as comfortable as possible. There are no egos at Phoenix Krav Maga and Fitness. Instead, clients find a family atmosphere where comfort leads to talent and strength. “We’ve been teaching for 23 years,” Matt says. “We found it helps when you like the people you’re training with and they’re supporting you in your endeavors. With a lot of martial arts schools and gyms, you have a lot of egos walking around. That’s luckily not us.” Stephanie adds, “We offer a family-friendly workout and we help women and men gain confidence and not be a victim.” Name: Matt and Stephanie Numrich Age: 45/43 Business name: Phoenix Krav Maga and Fitness, 41780 W. Opportunity Way, Building 2, Anthem, 85086. Phone: 623-300-6114. How long have you been a chamber member: More than two years. What were the circumstances surrounding you opening your business, and what year did you open?
85086 | APRIL 2019
We opened in 2015 here in Anthem but have been teaching martial arts for 23 years as our full-time profession. After taking a year off and traveling abroad, we moved to Anthem. Why did you decide to open your business in the North Valley? We loved the scenery and people! Do you own/operate any other businesses? No. What are some of the most challenging aspects of running your business? Helping people believe they can do so much more than they think they can! What separates your business from your competitors? We teach all five areas of self-defense, not just one or two. Do you participate in any local philanthropic efforts? If so, why? We support many charities around the area through fundraising seminars, but one of our favorite projects is teaching at the local schools for free, and then donating funds to the school. What does the future hold for your business? We have been blessed by tons of growth in such a short period of time. We’ll continue to grow, as we reach more of Anthem and the surrounding areas,
as the area’s authority in self-defense with our youth and adult-only classes. What’s one of your favorite memories/ experiences as an Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce member? The Winter Gala and meeting new people at meetings. Is there anything you’d like to add? Unfortunately, self-defense isn’t a luxury anymore, and people are starting to see that. There are still a lot of people who don’t see it is a need. What’s your biggest business pet peeve? It may be a pet peeve in the end, but seeing people underestimate what they can do, and then after we continue to encourage them, finally do it! I can’t tell you how many people who visited us months or even years ago who say, “I should have done this a long time ago!” What are you most proud of? Our students and the family atmosphere they have created for us and everyone else! When you see “Krav Family” tagged on social media posts, and said in class, that is what we mean. Best words of wisdom you've received? Never take things personally, because you don’t know the internal wars people might be fighting.