Welcome to the Academy of Self Defense! The Bay Area's #1 place for Krav Maga, Fitness, & Fighting Sports! Meet some of our world class instructors.

Meet the Academy of Self Defense Instructors

Say hello to some of the most trusted voices in the Bay Area’s self defense community by taking classes from Academy of Self Defense. Each and every one of our hardworking self defense instructors is an experienced professional, certified trainer, and has committed themselves to the collective goal of sharing this valuable insight with fun, safe, and worthwhile workouts. Whether you’re looking for a full-body workout or resources for protection and safety, the Academy of Self Defense staff has all the tools necessary to make you feel confident in any situation.

From our Krav Maga classes taught by Everest Pepper to our ASD Fighter Fit classes with Andrea Yip, there's a self defense, fitness, or strength training course for anyone regardless of where they are in their fitness journey. Academy of Self Defense offers both in-person, online, and on demand classes, allowing you the flexibility to learn from our knowledgeable and passionate self defense staff in the comfort of your own home.

All of the instructors at the Academy of Self Defense are experienced, trained, and certified to teach.

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Shantik Azima-Taylor

Krav Maga Instructor

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Shayne Herrera

Personal Trainer, ASD Fighter Fit, Krav Maga, & Krav Maga Kids Instructor

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Jivoni Jordan

Directory of Training, JCF & Muay Thai Instructor

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Amit Patel

Senior Krav Maga

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Everest Pepper

Vanguard Krav Maga Founder & Hapkido Instructor

Explore Academy of Self Defense 

If you’re looking for an engaging full-body workout and insight into self defense techniques that will give you peace of mind, look no further than the valuable knowledge of our trusted self defense staff at Academy of Self Defense. Take advantage of our packed schedule of amazing workouts taught by invested and experienced self defense instructors. Just a fraction of our courses include:

Explore our online fitness classes to reach your full potential and find out everything the Academy of Self Defense staff has to offer you. Access amazing workouts with our dedicated team by signing up for a free two-week trial today!