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My Why

Updated: Aug 5, 2021

It all started when I watched my mother suffer domestic violence at age 5. My mother was choked unconscious in front of me.


At age 6 I was kidnapped and taken from my home in Waverly, Virginia to Kansas. I was retrieved days later.


At age 7 we fled my biological father and moved to Texas. This is why The Gatehouse is such an important organization to me.


In 2001 I joined the Army as a Combat Medic. While overseas I noticed how women were treated compared to men. 2005 I went into the fitness industry where 90% of my clients were women between the ages of 25-35 and lived alone. This is where I really learned just how much women had to deal with and how 75% of attacks come from someone you are already acquainted with. I started teaching self defense in 2006.


I started practicing Jiu Jitsu and self defense under Orlando Waugh in 2006. 2006 I started working as a self defense instructor and assisting Athena’s Strategies. I earned my Jiu Jitsu Blackbelt at Alvarez Brazillian Jiu Jitsu in 2015. Since 2006 I have run thousands of simulated attacks and prepared people for real world resistance.

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