Brigitte’s passion is trauma-informed, reality-based self-defense. Her background includes instructor certifications in basic and advanced self-defense (2009/2010) through Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Systems and training all across the USA in Krav Maga and close-quarter combat with a focus on effective self-defense against attackers who are often larger and more massive. She also holds a 4th degree blackbelt in Taekwon-do and a blackbelt in Chung-do Kwan Karate. For 6 years she served on the board of directors of the Montana Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. She also did a weekly night shift providing crisis support for people dealing with domestic or partner violence, stalking, and sexual assault for HAVEN, a Bozeman, Montana, anti-violence organization, and she served on the Haven community education team.
Brigitte lives in Montana with her two cats. She loves hiking and skiing Bridger Bowl and other powder. When there isn’t ice on the water, she enjoys racing dragon boats with the Bozeman Vikings Dragon Boat Club and paddling her outrigger canoe.
Andrea is Brigitte’s resource for trauma-informed, mindfulness-based self-defense instruction. Andrea is a registered psychotherapist based in Colorado. She holds a Master’s degree in mindfulness-based counseling psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, and a Bachelor of Science degree in cognitive, linguistic, and psychological sciences from Brown University. She provides equine-and other animal-facilitated therapy at Twin Oaks Farm in Longmont, Colorado. Andrea has worked in the inpatient psychiatric departments of the Billings Clinic in Montana and of Centennial Peaks Hospital in Colorado.
Andrea lives in Boulder with her rabbit, Mr. B. She enjoys hiking, cooking, camping, and paddle-boarding.
Maria occasionally assists Brigitte with large group trainings. Maria is also Brigitte's resource for making sure self-defense doesn't become too serious.
Maria is an award-winning writer, a professional ski instructor, and a climber. Her stories appear in the Iowa Review, the Missouri Review, and in the 2018 Best American Short Stories as well as in many other places.
Maria’s adventures all over the world inspire Brigitte's training philosophy of promoting safety and wellbeing while making sure that trainees don't miss out on adventure and fun.