Tanner Critz

Unity Owner & Head Instructor of Cuong Nhu

Students appreciate the knowledge, rigor, and friendliness Sensei Tanner brings to martial arts training. He has studied martial arts for more than 30 years. Styles include Cuong Nhu (4th degree black belt), Tae Kwon Do (3rd degree black belt), Ninjitsu, Iaido, and Jujitsu. He began Cuong Nhu at the age of 10 in 1983, and favors its vast curriculum and its lively, close-knit community. Although he has a degree in Anthropology, he considers his most influential education hiking all 2,168 miles of the Appalachian Trail (read his account). During his six-month hike, he learned that it’s worth taking risks to do what you love—for instance, teaching martial arts full-time.


Head Instructor, Kickboxing & MMA

Results you see after just a few weeks in Coach John’s high intensity classes are surprising. In his youth, Coach Davis studied Okinawan Karate and full contact Tae Kwon Do. He won first place  in AAU Jr. Olympics and was an avid competitor in kickboxing open tournaments. To expand his fighting skills, he earned a black belt in Muay Thai. Coach Davis has trained fighters to victory in the cage, and teenagers how to move through the world with confidence.


John Davis

Martin Eisele

Head Instructor, Tai Chi

Dr. Eisele has been training in Tai Chi Chuan and internal martial arts for more than 20 years. He is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and has trained extensively in China. His Little Rock clinic, Evergreen Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, provides acupuncture, herbology, and massage. He is a frequent guest lecturer at health conferences and hospitals such as University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.


Sensei Shawn Whitney (Shodan)
Adults Cuong Nhu Instructor, Facility monitor
Outside Unity: Computer programmer, church vocalist, dog lover, and DIY home fixit guy.

Sensei Justin Hutchinson (Shodan)
Adults Cuong Nhu Instructor, AM Workout Coordinator
Outside Unity: Verizon Program Analyst, Tough Mudder, confounder of wrist locks.

Sensei Darrick Ball (Shodan)
Kids Cuong Nhu Instructor, Community service project organizer
Outside Unity: therapist for children, teens, and families. Avid biker.

Sensei Paula Morell (Black Belt)
Kids Cuong Nhu Instructor
Outside Unity: Creator of Tales From the South radio show, barefoot runner, student of nature and life.

Sensei Gaylan Lewallen (Shodan)
Kids Cuong Nhu Instructor, Kids Camp & Kids Night Out counselor
Outside Unity: UALR woodwork design student and sculptural costume artist.

Sensei Carmen Mosley-Sims (Black Belt)
Adults Cuong Nhu Instructor, Family camping trip organizer
Outside Unity: Attorney who directs juvenile services for the state. Mom of 3 nutty wonderful boys.

Sensei Katie Whitney (Shodan)
Adults Cuong Nhu Instructor
Outside Unity: PhD in toxicology and pharmacist. Lover of all dogs and most books.

Senpai Annaliese Morell
Kids Cuong Nhu Instructor, Teen Activity Leader
Outside Unity: Student at Central High, lover of all things geeky.