Fortis Self Defense
Husband-and-Wife team Allen and Jodi began their journey with Krav Maga in May of 2013. After their first class, Allen reported, “Krav was pretty tough.” After their second class, they signed up for a year’s worth of classes. Before completing their first year, Allen was approached about becoming an instructor and began working toward that goal.
He quickly discovered a talent and genuine passion for teaching others how to protect themselves and their loved ones. Along with their Krav Maga training, Allen and Jodi delved into Brazilian Jui Jitsu with a similar passion. Jodi was known to sit around at family gatherings reading books on BJJ and throwing out terms in Portuguese that no one else understood. They came to be expected to show up to family and social gatherings with sore muscles, bruises, and an air of confidence like never before.
In 2018 they took the plunge to go off on their own and start their own gym. In 2021 Allen got in the ring for a full-contact fight with an already certified Krav Maga Black Belt who also has a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and BJJ. After passing this fight test, Allen then passed the rigorous Black Belt Instructor test and earned his Krav Maga Black Belt as an Instructor.
Allen and Jodi bring many years of teaching experience to bear on their mission to help people “be strong and courageous.” You don’t have to be around them long to see they have a real love for people, and they enjoy and excel at helping people reach their personal defense goals. They combine Allen’s ability to see a problem and present a topic from different angles with Jodi’s ability to motivate and encourage to help each individual see they are already strong, IAM FORTIS, by helping them develop the skills, confidence, and determination to protect themselves and their families.
Coach Allen - Head Krav Maga Instructor
Allen is the Head Krav Maga Instructor at Fortis Self-Defense. Allen has been studying Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for nearly 10 years. He is a Black Belt certified Krav Maga Instructor under Krav Maga Alliance. Allen also holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He has been teaching Krav Maga and Fitness classes for over 7 years.
Coach Jodi - Women's Self Defense Instructor
Jodi is the Head Instructor and curriculum developer of the Women’s Warrior Self-Defense program at Fortis Self-Defense. Jodi has been studying martial arts for over 12 years and has advanced-level training in Japanese Karate, Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. She is currently a black belt Krav Maga student and a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu purple belt. Jodi has been teaching women’s self-defense and grappling classes for over 5 years.