Rise Above Self-Protection Trainging

Rise Above Self-Protection Trainging

5.0 (8)
1 hire on Lessons.com
3 employees
4 years in business

About this pro

I pride myself on focusing on the fundamentals of empty hand self defense or firearm training.  I make sure the students are confident in the skills I teach them. Taking the time to make sure they feel good about what they learned  before moving on to the next skill.

I enjoy watching people walk into training that are nervous,  shy, and intimated in the beginning. Then leave their first class with pride and confidence that they can actually learn how to protect themselves and their loved ones. I enjoy this feeling with the empty hand self defense and the firearm training. 

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El Monte, CA 91732
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8 Reviews


  • Alicia P.

    Andrew gave an amazing self defense class for my daughters heading to college. His tips, maneuvers and techniques might just save then from the horrors that can unfortunately happen once our loved ones leave home. Highly recommended!!

  • Derek Y.

    Andrew is great. I had trained for two months with him. He taught me practical self defense. I would have continued to train with him if not for my schedule conflict

  • Nyan M.

    I thought about buying a hand gun when the pandemic started earlier 2020. Never had held a gun before and was looking for a beginner gun safety class in San Gabriel area. A friend of mine and I ended up taking  the firearms safety for beginner with Andrew in April 2020. He was knowledgeable and patient about all the questions any gun newbie may have. He even let us shot some of his guns towards the end. I had a great experience and would take an advance class when get a chance.

  • Nancy T.

    It was perfect timing when I saw Andrew's ad for the self defense. Since the first session, Andrew guided me and the class gently and firmly as he designed scenarios that often occur and end up in horrible outcomes, had I not been taught the handling technique to save myself from harm. He gave clear instructions and adjusted the amount of challenge timely to create the perfect balance of feeling safe and urgency of protecting myself. Andrew is the only one I trust to learn from on how to get out of dangerous situations.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I focus on the fundamentals of fighting (movement, striking, counter attacks etc..).  I also incorparate escapes, disarms, and mindset to counter violence.  

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Blackbelt in Krav Maga

NRA certificated firearm instructor

Muay Thai, boxing, Tae Kwon Do,  karate ,jiu-jitsu background 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$60 an hour for private lesson per person (price drop for multiple people /classes and/groups)

How did you get started teaching?

I have been a firearm instructor for over 20 years (firearm instructor in the U.S. Navy).  Started teaching Krav Maga 3 years ago.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have taught students from 10 years old up to 67 years old.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I enjoy teaching in parks. Makes  for a fun and safe environment. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Do your research on what you want to learn and make sure the teacher is capable of teaching what you want to learn.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Why I am learning this? (Ex. Fitness, fun, Self-defense etc...)