Kirk Farber
Kirk Farber developed FACE, a fitness and character education youth leadership program emphasizing fitness while building self-esteem and confidence for children in 2003. He currently is Executive Director of Fitness And Character Education, Inc. He has shared the FACE "youth leadership" program and Assemblies to over 50 different schools or locations while Edu-taining over 25,000 students. He truly believes that we each can make a difference!

Kirk’s Career Highlights: Kirk Farber, 7th degree black belt and Founder of FACE program
  • Earned seventh degree black belt in 2011
  • Earned sixth degree Master level in 2006
  • One of the top ten highest ranks in the world within Cuong Nhu Oriental Martial Arts
  • Has produced various martial arts-related materials including videos, training manuals and articles
  • Body Arts Owner (over 6000 sq. ft), a cutting edge facility with variety of classes, 1981 - 1995
  • He is an accomplished and respected speaker, leader and trainer
  • He is a graduate of the University of Florida (Mathematics/Statistics)

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Joe Varady
Joe is the Northeast Director of FACE and has been teaching the program at Barkley elementary school since 2012. He began his training in Cuong Nhu in 1987 at Gettysburg College, where he was also excelled in boxing. Joe has won the title of “Overall Champion” fighting with a variety of weapons (longsword, short sword and shield, rapier and dagger, etc.) in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009. 

Joe’s Career Highlights: Joe Varady, Northeast Regional Director of FACE youth leadership program
  • Earned sixth degree black belt in 2016
  • Earned fifth degree black belt in 2011
  • He wrote and illustrated four Cuong Nhu Training Manuals, covering the entire curriculum from White Belt to Shodan
  • Sensei Joe holds a Masters degree in Elementary Education and worked as a fifth grade teacher for 10 years.
  • 2014 Competitor of the Year from the Universal Systems of Martial Arts Organization
  • Both Nationally and internationally ranked Black Belt Instructor in martial art tournaments
  • He currently spends his days raising his two children and teaching martial arts and the FACE program
  • He is a graduate of Gettysburg College (Graphic Arts)
Kim Kelly
Kim is a school counselor with Duval County Public Schools. After attending her daughter's FACE graduation at Montessori Tides school, she became interested in learning how to support the program. She is one of the first DCPS counselors to implement the program, completing sessions of FACE at Seabreeze Elementary, Atlantic Beach Elementary, Jacksonville Beach Elementary and the Carver Center in Jacksonville Beach. She enjoys incorporating physical activity in her school counseling program via guidance lessons and special programs.

Kim’s Highlights: Kim Kelly, North Florida Regional Director of FACE youth leadership program
  • M.S., Ed.S. in Counseling and Human Systems at Florida State University
  • 10 years experience as a school counselor
  • Girls on the Run coach at Seabreeze Elementary
  • Enjoys running and other outdoor fitness activities
  • Proud parent of two elementary aged children