Instructors

Tanya Panizzo

Self-defense instructor committed to safety

B.S. Polymer Science – 10 years experience as a Chemist and Engineer for the Automotive Industry – Certified radKIDS Safety Instructor – Creator Girls-r-Pearls Safety Program – Creator Fighting Spirit…

Russell Gale

Over 35 years martial arts experience

Russell Gale became involved in the programs at Fighting Spirit in 2007 and has been a familiar face as the years roll by. Russ is Co-Owner of Midwest Tae Kwon…

Suzanne Stegeman

Instructor, mother, and self-defense specialist

Suzanne Stegeman started her journey in self-defense in 2011 when she took her first 10 hour Women’s Safety Class. Since then she has repeated the class a few times and…

Vic Decina

Father of three and an advocate for safety

Vic Decina is a father of three girls and an advocate for safety. Vic has spent a number of years playing hockey and now enjoys being a student and part…

Anne Jackson

Life-long advocate for empowering women

Anne Jackson is a life-long advocate for empowering women and girls. She works in a female dominated profession as a Nurse and Union Representative/Organizer. She advocates for all nurses both male…

Brenda Altuna

Practicing martial arts since 2011

Brenda Altuna has been practicing martial arts since 2011, receiving her Black Belt in Taekwondo in 2015. Over the years, Brenda heard stories of women being abused in one way or…

Chad Howes

Involved at Fighting Spirit since 2015

Chad has a BA from Michigan State University, a BS from the University of Michigan and a MBA from the University of Michigan. His martial arts experience includes Kali, Silat,…