Tony, the creator of Tactical Fighting Systems, currently works as a Chicago Police Officer and has 25 years of law enforcement experience, including 23 years with the Chicago Police Department and 2 years with the Cook County Department of Corrections. Tony has over 30 years of martial arts experience and is a second degree black belt in hapkido. Tony has also trained in several other martial arts and fighting systems, including krav maga, wing chun, jiu jitsu, and DNA (Defence Lab), and is a certified Krav Maga Force Training (LEO) Instructor, as well as a certified civilian krav maga instructor. Tony firmly believes that in the world today where violence has become the norm, people need to become proactive and arm themselves with the tools necessary to defend themselves and make it home alive. In 2013, he opened his self-defense school and training facility and made it his mission to provide his students with effective and realistic self-defense training. Tony believes and teaches his students that using an effective blend of combatives, self-defense techniques, mental strength, and confidence is the key to surviving and defeating a violent attacker.
Cedric Taylor (47 years old) is currently a Chicago Police officer with almost 21 years of street experience. Cedric has been assigned to several areas throughout the city, including the Englewood District for 8 1/2 years, Public Housing South for 4 years, 021st District Tactical team (Robbery Mission) for 2 years, Area One Gun Team for 4 1/2 years, and he is presently assigned to the 001 District Tactical Team. Cedric has an extensive martial arts background and has trained in classical Chinese Kung Fu (Wing Chun and various Animal Fighting Systems), Western Boxing, and Filipino fighting arts (stick and knife.)
Andy Feltovich is a lifelong martial arts and fitness enthusiast. He was a high school wrestler and football player and has studied Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Aikido, Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, and Martial Blade Concepts. As a student at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale he trained in Mixed Martial Arts at the SIU Martial Arts Club under then President Vince Fields and successfully competed in Judo and submissions grappling tournaments. He began his training at Krav Maga Force in 2014 and became an instructor in 2015. He is also a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. His classes emphasize power, mobility, and stamina. When he’s not training—which isn’t often!—he’s a consultant in KPMG’s Financial Risk Management Advisory practice and enjoys studying acting, improv, and stunt work at Second City.
Mark (Mack the Knife) Daley
2nd Degree Black Belt Brazillian Jiu Jitsu under Carlson Gracie
5th Degree Black Belt Hapkido
1st Degree Black Belt Japanese Jiu Jitsu/Judo
1st Degree Black Belt Tae Kwon Do
Certified in Guazabara Knife fighting
2005 Budo International Hall of Fame Hapkido Master of the year
Multiple Pan American Jiu Jistu medalist
Owner and Head Instructor Copa Jiu Jitsu Academy
Purple Belt in Carlson Gracie Jiu Jitsu
Black Belt Tae Kwon Do
Silver Medalist IBJJF Chicago Open
Certified Personal Trainer
Owner Hustle Fitness Lincoln Park
Diana has always been an active and health conscious person. She's been taking group fitness classes at the gym for over ten years, participates in local 5 and 8K runs, and you may see her cycling the city or even just taking her dog for a long walk as an easy day off. After a lower back injury occurred in 2007, she decided to try a yoga class. She soon realized she was missing an integral part in her daily regimen: yoga! She found yoga eased her body aches as well as her racing mind. Over the last ten years, she has practiced Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, Hot Power, Restorative, Yinyoga and Forrest Yoga.
In 2011, she decided she wanted to learn more about this transformational experience and hoped to share it with others. She completed her 200 hour certified yoga teacher training program at Equinox in its Pure Yoga program. Thereafter, she began teaching part-time in office environment, gyms and private classes. In September 2015, she decided to leave her paralegal career behind to pursue yoga instructing full-time. She continues to broaden her yoga education by attending various trainings and workshops totaling 136 continuing education hours. She is currently enrolled in The Institute for Intregrated Nutrition Program to become a health coach and plans to integrate both her passion for yoga and nutrition.
Diana teaches a slower flowing Vinyasa Yoga classes which encourages her students to find what works best for their bodies while using conscious-controlled breathing techniques to flow through her sequence. Diana believes yoga can help everyone to become more familiar with their body and mind while getting closer to total well being.
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