Richie Hatch was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He joined the United States Marine Corps as an infantry rifleman in 2004. He completed two tours in Iraq and reenlisted into the intelligence community, where he completed three additional tours, one to Iraq and two to Afghanistan.
His personal awards include four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, one with Combat Distinguishing Device, and two Combat Action Ribbons. Upon leaving the Marine Corps, Richie found his passion training Krav Maga in California. He returned to El Paso and became a Krav Maga instructor, as well as a National Rifle Association Firearms Instructor, with Total Defense El Paso.
Shelly starting training Krav Maga the day that Total Defense opened in 2014 as MMA Academy. Her first class was a women’s Sexual Assault Prevention Seminar and she was hooked. She became a Krav Maga Level 1 instructor in May 2016 and Level 2 instructor May 2018. Shelly loves teaching Krav Maga because she has seen such an improvement in her physical fitness as well as her confidence.