Common Sense Practice
No Nonsense Tactics

We are versed in the ranges, levels of contact and levels of Adrenaline stress inoculation necessary to train your needs and goals in a safe, productive, successful, professional and expedient manner.  

      • D.O.M. Instructors
      • PFS Instructors
      • Fast Combatives/ Fast Defense Instructors
      • Neko Okami Chief Instructors
      • Edge Weapons for Law Enforcement Certified Instructors
      • Rapid Assault Tactics Instructors

Cat Fitzgerald

Chief Instructor, Program Co-Creator
Cat has been training in Martial Arts for over 35 years. He holds Dan (Black Belt and above) ranks in four arts: Aikido, Shotokan Karate, Tae Kwon Do, and Kagami, and trains in a variety of weapons, Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Kali, Silat, and Wing Chung among others. He has had the honor of training Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement agencies, as well as numerous Women's, Family, and Children's groups in Close Quarter Combat, Weapons Tactics, Self-Defense, and Empowerment techniques. He holds a dual degree in Anthropology and Dance from the University of Miami.


Liz Fitzgerald

Chief Instructor, Program Co-Creator

Liz is a Nidan in Traditional Tae Kwon Do under Grand Master Katherine Wieczerza, as well as a PFS Edged Weapons Law Enforcement Instructor and FAST Combatives/ FAST Defense Instructor. She is co-creator and Head Instructor of the ASSERT Empowerment and Self-Defense program and has been studying Cat Sensei's blend of Martial Arts for over 6 years. She is responsible for research, case study, and curriculum building. Liz is an award-winning Marketing Editor and Writer. 


Our Instructors

Our Full, Associate, and Assistant Instructors are carefully selected via an extensive interview and background check process. Once selected, they undergo the ASSERT Empowerment and Self Defense Instructor Certification curriculum, which teeaches training methodology, materials, and secures additional certifications, including First Aid, CPR, Victim First Responder and others.


While a martial arts background is not required to teach the ASSERT curriculum, only those Instructor Applicants that demonstrate the ability to expertly perform, understand, and teach the physical and movement sections obtain certification. Once certified, all Instructor levels are required to receive continuing education, recertification, and participate in the ASSERT Instructor Community. In this way, we can be certain that the program is accessible to everyone while maintaining a level of quality instruction and materials that is unparalleled in the industry. This system also ensures that your Instructor will provide you with the very best in Empowerment and Self Defense instruction.


Our Instructor Network also makes certification available to members of organizations, educational facilities, clinics, support group leaders, martial arts schools, and others. Please contact us for more information on becoming an ASSERT Instructor.


Our Clientele

Our clientele includes:

      • DEA
      • FBI
      • SWAT/SRT
      • Local Police Forces
      • University of Miami General Student Body (Florida)
      • Young Presidents Organization
      • Hillel at the University of Miami
      • Girl Scouts of America
      • C.O.P.E. of South Florida
      • TRIO of South Florida
      • Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Society – University of Miami Branch
      • Ransom Everglades Middle School
      • Eating Disorder Clinic*
      • Various Women and Men’s groups and Martial Arts schools

*Name withheld to protect patien privacy.

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