We lived in a small town where 7 out of my 10 neighbors were agents. We all knew each other, so I still felt safe even when he was gone to work.
Unfortunately my husband was killed in the line of duty in a single-vehicle rollover accident in November of 2006. It was one week after my 26th birthday, and my sons were 3 and 6 years old. There was no more safety for me. I knew that if we were attacked, it would be up to me to protect myself and my children. I had to be prepared.
I moved to Tucson and joined The Ultima for their Krav Maga program. I was very attracted to it because it did not have any “forms” or “katas.” After two years practicing Tae Kwon Do, nobody had told me what to do if someone attacked me with a knife, or if I was being choked. I learned that within the first hour of joining The Ultima. I attended all my classes at the East side, three times per week and was able to test to level 2 after only 4 months training. In reality I felt safer after three weeks of Krav, than I had ever felt after 2 years in Tae Kwon Do.
The following spring I was offered a position as an instructor. I felt honored that I would be teaching others such an important skill! I trained under Mark Slane, CEO of the United States Krav Maga Association, along with 6 other very talented young instructors. I felt humbled and honored to train with them. When the level 2 instructor training opportunity came up, I did not doubt it for a minute.
So there I was on my way up, learning more and more ways to protect myself and my loved ones. I became majority owner in September of 2011 and continued my training as a student. Always a student, sometimes a teacher. As of April of 2014, I and three other very talented instructors who I am proud to call my friends, obtained our Black Belts in Krav Maga under USKMA. It was an amazing experience to say the least. I never thought I could accomplish it, but with their encouragement and lots of hard work, I did it. We did it.
I am also a Certified NRA and Kali instructor, and I obtained my 2nd Degree Black Belt in April of 2016.