Master Cat Fitzgerald Sensei and Sifu
Aikido, Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Kali, Rapid Assault Tactics, Tae Kwon Do, ASSERT Empowerment and Self Defense
His Martial Arts career spans over 40 years and features high Dan rankings in Aikido, Shotokan, and TaeKwonDo, and lifetime training in Judo, Kali, Silat, Wing Chun, Jeet Kune Do, and Muay Thai Kickboxing among others. He is a member of the Jeet Kune Do Athletics Association Instructor Team under Sifu Harinder Singh Sabharwal, PFS Edged Weapons Law Enforcement Instructor, and a Phase One Instructor under Sigung Paul Vunak. He began and continues his Jeet Kune Do training under Sifu Dwight Woods. He is a Rock Steady Boxing Certified Coach and Chief Instructor of the Rock Steady Boxing Nashville Program. He is also a certified Simunition Force-on-Force LEO/ Military Instructor.
He has the privilege of regularly training Military, FBI, CIA, DEA, and a number of Law Enforcement and Special Ops Teams in Close Quarters Combat, Weapons, and a diverse collection of Martial Arts, which he teaches under the Neko Okami Integrated Martial Arts banner. He also trains Olympic and Professional Athletes in Resistance Flexibility and Strength Training and Muscle Resilience, helping them to increase their body’s performance potential. Fitzgerald Sensei also uses these modalities to help pre- and post surgery patients rehabilitate their injuries, training their bodies to achieve their optimal conditioning, reverse years of the damage that results from poor training techniques, and prevent future injuries. For more complete information about Fitzgerald Sensei, please visit his site: HaraHealth.com
Master Liz Fitzgerald Sensei and Sifu
Head Instructor, Dojo-cho
ASSERT Empowerment and Self Defense, Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Kali, Rapid Assault Tactics, Tae Kwon Do
Liz Sensei is a Yondan in Traditional Tae Kwon Do, Nidan in Aikido as well as a member of the Jeet Kune Do Athletics Association Instructor Team under Sifu Harinder Singh Sabharwal, PFS Edged Weapons Law Enforcement Instructor, and Apprentice Instructor under Sigung Paul Vunak. She is a Rock Steady Boxing Certified Coach.
She is co-creator, Chief Training Officer, and Chief Instructor of the ASSERT Empowerment and Self-Defense program, is working towards her CNVC Non-Violent Communications Certification, and has been studying Cat Sensei’s blend of Martial Arts for over 12 years. Liz is an Award-winning Marketing Editor and Writer. For more complete information about Liz Sensei, click here.
Sifu Rusty Rust
Rusty began studying Tai Chi Chuan in 1992. His teachers include Grandmaster Tao Ping Siang, Tom wang, and Omar Jute’.
Encouraged by Grandmaster Tao, he began teaching in the late 1990s. For over 10 years, Rusty taught at the Vanderbilt Dayani Center. While there, he developed a balance training curriculum for clients recovering from strokes, automobile accidents, and other compromising situations.
He is a certified CranioSacral Therapist and Reiki Master. His office is located at The Lotus Center in Berry Hill.
Profesor Michael Irvin
I started the Nashville branch of Grupo Balança Capoeira in 2012, since then I have created classes and lead courses for pre-k, K-12 and college. I also have ongoing children’s and adults classes. I began training Capoeira in 1999 and have since studied with various masters of Capoeira in the US and in Salvador, Brazil (Capoeira’s birthplace).
The bulk of my training has come from my capoeira master, Mestre Gildo Valu. The training emphasizes and aims to model as closely as possible the contemporary Capoeira that happens in the open streets of Salvador, Brazil. This style is a fluid, improvisational mix of the more traditional older Capoeira forms with the modern fast-paced acrobatic styles.
Master Norman Sangster
Sensei Cumberland Dugan
Sifu Seth Kim
Jeet Kune Do
Kim’s entry into martial arts began with Taekwondo, which was part of his military training from 2000 to 2003. He then transitioned into what would eventually become a commitment to Chinese martial arts, starting with training in Wushu. In 2007, Kim began training Gung Fu and Kuntao-Silat with his Sihing Michael Thomas, which he continues to train (in addition to Pencak Silat and Muay Thai). Kim is also currently studying Kali and Jeet Kune Do under Master Liz Fitzgerald and Master Cat Fitzgerald.