Jesse James Tucker

Jesse is the Senior Instructor at Tucson Self-Defense and Fitness. He has been teaching self-defense for over 12 years. He is the original USKMA certified Krav Maga black belt in AZ, and has experience as an Amateur MMA fighter. Jesse has trained champion grapplers, competition fighters, law enforcement officers, and military personnel. He specializes in custom training that meets the needs and goals of his students. Contact Jesse for group classes or private instruction.

Danielle Fradette

Danielle is the lead instructor and program director for the Rising Leaders Youth Program. She brings her 8+ years of teaching experience to deliver fun and effective self-defense instruction to children. Danielle also coordinates off-site self-defense seminars to diverse groups within our Tucson community.

Ryan Holaway

Ryan is a certified trainer through the National Council on Strength and Fitness. His philosophy toward training is similar to Krav Maga in that if it works, then use it. Every person is different and every day is as well. Why limit ourselves to just one discipline or method? He specializes in developing workouts that directly improve fight performance. Having trouble with your buck and roll? Let’s do dead lifts!

Kate Woodard

Kate is our resident “endurance specialist.” When she’s not teaching our Free Women’s Self Defense Class or leading a conditioning workout, you’ll probably find her getting ready for a multi-day race in the mountains. Kate has completed some of the most challenging national and international running events, often in extreme weather conditions, including the Bigfoot 200, Tahoe 200, and Ultra Fiord 100M. She believes that basic self-defense skills are essential for independence and fear moderation in an imperfect society, and looks forward to helping all new members get in touch with their best selves. Click here for a look at Kate in action in a segment from KGUN9.

Alex Huber – Fencing

With over 17 years of experience competing on the national circuit in both the US and Canada, Alex has trained with many of the most renowned fencing coaches in North America and South Korea. Alex attended Columbia University in the City of New York where she studied English and Political Science while also competing for one of the most prolific NCAA Division I fencing teams in the US. She taught fencing to elementary school students at The Dalton School and The School at Columbia University and also instructed undergraduate and graduate students at Columbia University. In her senior year, Alex turned her attention to passing on the knowledge that she had learned from training and competing and inspiring others to share her passion for the sport.

Chancelar Ward

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Peter Gariepy – Acro Yoga Instructor

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Michael Barney

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