Rise Above Self-Protection Trainging

Rise Above Self-Protection Trainging

5.0Exceptional(8 reviews)


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.


Hired 1 time
3 employees
5 years in business
Serves El Monte , CA


Student's age

11 – 13 years old, 14 – 18 years old, 19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old

Disciplines interested in

I can make a recommendation, Mixed Martial Arts, Krav Maga

Experience level

No experience, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


For self defense, Building strength and confidence, Developing discipline, Improving physical health

Class type

Private training, Group classes

Number of students

1 person, 2 people, 3 - 4 people, 5 or more people

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  • Reviews

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    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!!
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    August 12, 2021

    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
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    August 11, 2021

    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.
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    May 08, 2021

    Nancy T.

    It was perfect timing when I saw Andrews 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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    May 08, 2021

    Irene S.

    totally recommend the beginners pistal class with Andrew.  It was such a fun time, and we learned so much.  He was very patient with us, Great teacher!
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    May 08, 2021

    Sal S.

    Great intro course and Andrew is a great teacher. Taught the basics and helped with my grip, stance, and accuracy. Memorable experience and highly recommended for beginners.
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    May 08, 2021

    Frequently asked questions

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

    Blackbelt in Krav Maga

    NRA certificated firearm instructor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Services offered

    Mixed Martial Arts
    Gun Safety