Mark Lanush teaches the F.I.G.H.T. class and the Concealed Handgun License class. He is certified by the International Haganah Federation as a F.I.G.H.T. Instructor. Mark is also licensed by the State of Texas Department of Public Safety to teach Concealed Handgun License classes. Mark has always been interested in self defense and started with pistol shooting. He shot competitively in the U.S.P.S.A. (U.S. Practical Shooting Association) where he honed his skills and became proficient with handguns. Considering that the pistol might not always be an option, Mark decided to start looking for some real-world type self defense training. He also wanted to loose some weight and get back into shape. Traditional martial arts just wouldn’t fit the bill, so he joined Haganah Houston as a student in 2009.
Since joining Haganah Houston, Mark lost over 50 pounds and has transformed himself. In April 2011 Mark became a certified instructor in the F.I.G.H.T system under founder, Mike Lee Kanarek. He is currently working towards his blue belt in the Gracie Combative Brazilian Jui-Jitsu system, trains in combat wrestling, Muay Thai kickboxing, and in IPTT Israeli tactical handgun shooting.
Mark grew up in the Pasadena area and graduated High School in 1990. He then served in the U.S. Navy from 1990 to 1994. After the military, he married his soul mate, Toni. Mark has an Associates Degree in Network Administration. He has been working in the Information Technology department of MD Anderson since 2000 as a Systems Analyst II. He joined the Pasadena Volunteer Fire Department in 2003 and served as a Station 7 Lieutenant for several years and is now serving as Station 7 Captain.
When Mark is not training he likes to shoot, go kayak fishing, jet-ski, and spend time with his wife and their two boxers, Lexi and Gunner.