Director of Training
I have been training and teaching Adrenal-Stress Scenario Training for over 13 years. I came to the world of reality-based self defense and empowerment as a result of an attempted abduction I’d survived as a teenager. After growing tired of living with the fear and anxiety that were a constant in my early adult life, I got involved with the Impact Personal Safety program. The empowerment I gained was profound and life changing for me! The skills I learned not only gave me a whole new sense of confidence and security, but I was also incredibly inspired by my brave and awesome classmates who had overcome obstacles far greater than I had. I knew right away that I wanted to be involved in this powerful kind of work.
After becoming a certified instructor and teaching with Impact Personal Safety for a number of years, I had the good fortune to work with Peyton Quinn, becoming the Director of Female Instructor Training for his Rocky Mountain Combat Applications Training (RMCAT) program. My time with RMCAT afforded me the opportunity to see firsthand how ASST could also be incredibly useful for those involved in more traditional martial arts. It was obvious that this type of training truly had something for everyone!
In 1999 I began writing about ASST and women’s self defense and empowerment for "Black Belt" magazine. The column I share with Kathy Long, “Beyond Technique” has been a feature ever since. Additionally, I was a contributing writer for “Self Defense for Women” magazine for the duration of its existence.
In 2000, my husband Mike Belzer and I started R-A-W Power. Over the years women’s self defense and empowerment has been my primary focus, with the bulk of my students being female non-martial artists. But, my time with RMCAT, combined with my husband’s years of martial arts experience, made it clear that there is a larger audience for this powerful training method. So, we decided to create a program based on the ASST principles and methodology that would address the needs of both experienced martial artists as well the complete novice.
It has been a gratifying road so far, and with a book and video series in our near future, we are hoping that more and more people will benefit from the incredible experience that Adrenal-Stress Scenario Training can provide.