Our Instructors

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Our head instructor, Sensei Codie Braegger, began his martial arts training after watching his first martial arts movie with Chuck Norris when he was six years old.  Since then he has never stopped training.  Codie loves martial arts and believes that everyone should learn.   His deep passion to teach others to defend themselves and their loved ones, he pushes himself to train even harder, to increase his present martial arts abilities and strive for personal excellence.  To this day he is still training and to date:   is a 1st Dan Black Belt in Funakoshi Karate, a 1st Dan Black Belt in Bushido Kickboxing, has over 6 years of Jiu Jitsu and grappling experience, and is a Full Contemporary Jeet Kune Do Instructor PFS instructor under Sifu Paul Vunak, one of Black Belt Magazine’s top 20 street fighters.  Mr. Braegger trains with Sifu Paul Vunak, who has trained under Guro Dan Inosanto as one of his top instructors for over 30 years.  Guro Inosanto was Bruce Lee’s protégé, training partner and best friend.  

Codie has fought in Amateur kickboxing and MMA.

Our head instructor, Sensei Heather Braegger, began her martial arts training at the age of twelve after trying every other "girl activity".  To Heather, martial arts is not just another "after school activity" but a way of life.  She feels strongly about getting girls and women involved into the martial arts, so they increase their own confidence and be able to defend themselves efficiently.  Martial Arts was her saving grace, she was raised in a family with domestic violence, and understands how it feels to be victimized.  To this day she is still training and to date:  is a 1st Dan Black Belt in Funakoshi Karate, is a Certified Fitness Trainer (CFT), She is a Krav Maga Instructor Associated with Ludus Krav Maga (www.luduskravmaga.com), and is a Full Contemporary Jeet Kune Do Instructor under Sifu Paul Vunak (fighting.net).


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