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Instructors

Our Team

Rene Nazare-Azevedo

Rene Nazare-Azevedo, simply known as Nazare, has dedicated himself to the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for the past 20+ years. Rene expressed talent and interest in Jiu-Jitsu at a young age and studied under 5th degree black belt instructor, Rodrigo Antonio Garcia Da Silva. Rene's 4 Jiu-Jitsu World Titles which in turn earned him his black belt in just 5 short years of training Jiu-Jitsu. Nazare made his professional mixed martial arts debut in May 2004 where he defeated Thiago Cabelo at Body Fight 1 by TKO (Punches) in round 1. He then went on to win his next 6 fights to get him a fight in Bellator MMA. He won the next 3 fights under the organization. Nazare then moved halfway around the world and taught Jiu-Jitsu and Self-defense to the military of Abu Dhabi, UAE for 4 years and was a 3x UAE Jiu Jistu World Pro Team Champion Team Coach.  Rene is a ISSA Certified Personal Trainer as well as a Macro-Nutrition Specialist.

KEVIN MACK

Head instructor Kevin Mack is one of the top Krav Maga instructors in the United States with over 20 years experience in the Krav Maga system and 35 years experience in the martial arts including Muay Thai kickboxing, Savate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He has trained exclusively with Krav Maga instructor Alan Feldman who is a direct student of Krav Maga founder Imi Lichtenfeld and who was responsible for introducing Krav Maga to the eastern United States in the early 1980’s. Kevin Mack has also trained with several high ranking instructors of the top Israeli Krav Maga organizations. He was awarded his Black Belt in Krav Maga by Alan Feldman in 2009 and is one of only 10 black belts awarded by Alan. His personal training with Alan Feldman and the other top students of Imi Lichtenfeld has provided him with unprecedented knowledge and understanding of Krav Maga from it’s early days as well as its current and more modern approach. His expertise lies in the strategies, mindset and conceptual approach to teaching Krav Maga.

Paul Szyarto

Paul is a Self Defense Instructor for SODACT. Paul is an 8-year Navy Combat Veteran who has earned a 2nd degree black belt in Kenpo Karate, G4 in Krav Maga with Master Eyal Yanilov, trained with Hiam Gideon, David Kahn, David Ordini, Yigal Arbiv and earned an Instructor Certification from Krav Maga Alliance. In addition, Paul is a USCCA Certified Concealed Carry and Home Defensive Instructor and Defensive Shooter Fundamentals Instructor along with Mass Shooter Threat, Emergency First Aid, Women’s Handgun & Self Defense, and Range Safety Officer. Paul has trained 1000s of students from around the world during his military service and through several martial arts and combative franchises including VMMA.

Cody Rourke

Cody Rourke is a Firearms Instructor with various certifications and ranks. Cody is a USCCA Certified Concealed Carry and Home Defensive Instructor, NRA Certified Firearms Instructor with Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun Credentials, and an NRA Range Safety Officer. Cody is also a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. He has completed over 100 plus hours of firearm courses. Notable classes are Urban Assault Rifle Tactics with John Farnam from Defense Training International, Long Range Precision Rifle with Fred Wissing from Black Hat Training Corps, and Advanced Pistol Tactics with Dick Reinheimer from Bux Mont Firearms Training Group. Cody has also completed the USMC Unknown Distance Test as a civilian with a 90% score.

Dave Ordini 

Dave Ordini has been involved in the martial arts since 1993. Moving through Jeet, Muay Thai, Kali, and Krav Maga, he has spent the last 10 years as a student and senior instructor.
David taught Krav Maga in NJ to MCMAP and MAPP instructors, NJ and PA State Police, various Hostage Negotiation teams at the UN in Manhattan, and countless numbers of Special Operations Combatants. He is a certified USCCA instructor, a member of the SODACT instructor team for hand to hand and hand to weapon combat, a CT 707 qualified counter terror instructor, and is a licensed l, armed, close protection agent for Fox News, CNN, and additional PA local news teams.

Bringing realism to training, pressing the envelope of stressful training conditions while minimizing personal injury and maximizing survival chances is his training ethos.

Christina Lea Houck

Christina is an accomplished fitness and nutrition coach. She has competed and participated in local and international events. Ever since she was a little girl she has always wanted to motivate and inspire people through fitness. After graduating high school she went on and trained MMA at Ultimate Athletics in Ithaca NY under Ryan Ciotoli, Alex Stewart and Rene Nazare-Azevedo with team Bomsqaud. She then competed in multiple grappling and MMA tournaments. Once she received her purple belt she was given the opportunity to teach Jiu-Jitsu in Abu Dhabi, UAE. She taught at the all girls school, Al Erteqa’a School. In the short amount of time she was there she had won 3 consecutive UAE Jiu-Jitsu World Pro Championship coach titles and went on to meet Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed. She has now returned and partnered up with Rene Nazare-Azevedo to make their dream come true, passing on their passion and knowledge in her very own home town.

David Paul

David Paul is a Master Firearms Instructor. He has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is a former law enforcement officer/instructor, tactical/special operations instructor, trained personnel from 150+ local, state, federal agencies as well as military personnel and created relevant, applicable, dynamic programs for the public. USCCA Training Counselor. NRA Certifications: Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Personal Protection Outside The Home, Home Firearms Safety, Refuse To Be A Victim, Chief Range Safety Officer (CRSO), Certified SWAT and Hostage Rescue Instructor(EMU), Glock Armorer, PA MPOE Instructor. 

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