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.
Shelly is also a Certified Pound Fitness instructor.
Marcel teaches Krav Maga Level 3, kids self-defense, and strength and fitness.
He became a student of Krav Maga in 2011 and a year later he became a Level 1 Krav Maga instructor in San Antonio. In 2014, he returned to his hometown of El Paso and began teaching self defense at Total Defense El Paso.
In 2016, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at El Paso. With an extensive knowledge in exercise science, his classes are sure to be physically and mentally challenging.
Marcel is committed to help students of all self defense or fitness levels develop mental and physical strength at Total Defense.
Instructor Guilherme, also known as Gui, was born and raised in Brazil where he started his journey with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or BJJ. He started training at 14 years old, working his way through various levels and belts. In 2013 he began teaching others his passion for BJJ as self-defense, sport and a way of life. Gui is a certified Carlson Gracie Black Belt. He came to the United States in 2016 in order to continue sharing his love of BJJ. In 2017 he found his way to Total Defense El Paso where he is now teaching no-gi and gi BJJ multiple times a week. His goal is simply to share his passion for BJJ with anyone who will train. He continues to train and compete whenever possible as a representative of Total Defense El Paso and Carlson Gracie.
Karolyn is a certified personal training, acroyoga, aerial hoop, pole and flexibility instructor at Academy of Aerial Fitness. She has been teaching classes at Total Defense for several years. We, at Total Defense, believe that it is important to maintain flexibility in order to avoid potential injury and improve self-defense techniques.
Sri believes in the importance of physical activities and mental relaxation in order to achieve optimal health and well-being. Throughout her journey as a forever student and as an instructor, yoga has taught her how to breathe, relax, be patient, and love herself and others, both on and off mat.
With her attention to detail and calming approach in guiding her class, Sri hopes to help people gain their optimal physical benefits, feel balanced and restored mindfully, and spread positive energy with others around them in their daily lives.
Sri was born and raised in Bandung, Indonesia. After graduating in college, she came to the U.S.
to continue her education and received her Master in Business Administration from University of Denver. For the past 25 years, she, her husband, and their daughter have made El Paso their home.
In 2009, after three years of practicing yoga, she completed the CorePower Yoga Certification and found her passion in sharing her practice with others. Sri has been leading classes ever since,
and over time, her style has gradually expanded from an energized fast-paced flow to gentle flow and alignment-based form practices. In spring of 2017, Sri completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification at Surya Yoga led by Morgan Mazza.