At Hammerfist Krav Maga & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, we have a team of some of the most highly trained, Experienced, and Knowledgeable instructors. We have a wide array of experience and have the following credentials:
- Certified IKMF Civilian instructors
- Certified Instructors for Weapons Defense
- Certified Gracie Jiu Jitsu Coaches
- Certified IKMF Kids Krav Maga Instructors
- Certified IKMF Women’s Instructors
- Certified IKMF Law Enforcement Instructors
- Certified in RAD Rape Aggression Defense
Jason is a certified IKMF Civilian Krav Maga Instructor, women’s instructor, Law Enforcement Instructor, and the national director for the IKMF. He currently holds the krav maga rank of Expert Level 1. He is a blue belt in BJJ. Jason continues his training with members of the Global Instructor Team (the highest ranking Krav Maga experts in the world) several times a year. He has been a student of Krav Maga for over 15 years. Jason has previous military and law enforcement experience. He spent 5 years with the 29th Infantry Division as a Team Leader, and 3 years with the Franklin County Sherriff’s Department in MA as a corrections Officer.
Ashley is a certified IKMF Civilian Krav Maga Instructor, women’s instructor, Law Enforcement Instructor, and Kids’ Krav Maga instructor, and is the state director for Florida. She now holds the rank of Graduate Level 5, and is also a Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D) certified instructor. Ashley has been a practitioner of Krav Maga for over 8 years. Ashley has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Business and Social Work. After graduating Cum Laude from Western New England College, Ashley began working for Franklin County Sheriff’s Department as a corrections Officer. A few years later she decided to move to Florida and began the dream of starting HammerFist Krav Maga.
Casey is a certified IKMF Civilian Krav Maga Instructor, and Law Enforcement Instructor, holding the rank of Graduate Level 4, and has been a Krav Maga practitioner for over 6 years. Born and raised in Florida, he started martial arts when he was 8 years old. Casey received his 2nd degree Black Belt at age 17. Came to Tampa for college and started Krav Maga. Casey is a Florida Certified EMT-b and Paramedic. Casey obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences and a minor public health at USF. Basic Life Support Instructor, rescue diver and currently completing his RN.
Jade “JD” Darrell
JD is a certified IKMF Civilian Krav Maga Instructor, and Law Enforcement Instructor, holding the rank of Graduate Level 2, and has been a Krav Maga practitioner for over 6 years. JD obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and works full time in aviation. JD worked in security for several night clubs and saw first-hand there is no such thing as a “fair” fight. He believes strongly in Krav Maga and strives to bring out the best in all of our students.
Petrus “Buffalo” Walker Melo
Professor Petrus is originally from Brazil. Living now in the states, bringing true authentic Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and grappling to us. Professor has over 20 years of teaching experience. Currently is a 4th degree black belt under Ricardo De La Riva. Also trained directly under Carlson Gracie.Professor Petrus has an extensive background. Some accomplishments include: 2011-Pan American champion no gi. 2010 -Second Place in the New York International open Jiu Jitsu Championship Heavyweight Division and Third Place in the Black Belt Absolute Division. 2008– Winner of Pan American Brazilian jiu-jitsu, no gi. 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006- First Place in NAGA League, Super Heavyweight Division. 2007- 3rd place Grappling Quest League, No Gi. 2004 and 2005 – A Champion and Belt Winner of the Arnold Schwarzenegger, No gi. A true professional of his art.