Matt has been teaching self-defense in one form or another for nearly 20 years.

He began teaching Okinawan karate in 1998, the same year he won the AAU National Heavyweight Gold Medal. Then he found IMPACT Safety in 2009.

“I haven’t taught martial arts since that first weekend when I watched an IMPACT class. They had everything karate was missing: full-contact, emotional content, actual training about how to best use emotions to both fight and to heal. I begged them to hire me and never looked back.”

Since joining IMPACT in 2009, Matt has helped hundreds of women and girls train for situations ranging from day-to-day verbal conflicts to active sexual assault scenarios.

“It’s all important. There’s no question that we need it because, really, no one is free in our society until everybody is free. People have to feel safe being themselves and doing their thing, regardless of gender, age, or how they choose to present themselves.”