Vanguard Krav Maga® Instructors at the Academy of Self Defense

Pictured above are a few of our Vanguard Krav Maga® Instructors: Tony Alfonzo, Jason Stimac, Danielle McCollum, Everest Pepper, and Mark Stewart (left to right).

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Everest Pepper: Ev has been active in martial arts for over 35 years. He has earned a black belt in Krav Maga and numerous black belts in other martial arts. He is a certified CDT Tactical Master Instructor and has trained law enforcement personnel as well as U.S. military forces for the past 25 years.


Daniele McCollum: Daniele McCollum has been training in martial arts for over 10 years. As a law enforcement officer with over 24 years of experience, she provides a wealth of experience & knowledge. Daniele completed her Krav Maga Civilian Instructor Certification under Eyal Yanilov, Head of the International Krav Maga Federation. She is a certified CDT Non-Lethal Force Tactical Master Instructor. Additionally, she holds a world record in bench pressing for her age and weight class and has also completed the AR-15 Specialist Certification with the San Jose Police Department.


Mark Stewart: Mark has been training in martial arts for over five years and holds a Blue Belt in Tae Kwon Do and Brown Belt in Hosinsul. He is a certified Vanguard Krav Maga® Instructor and brings a wealth of experience to our adult and children’s programs. Mark continues to supplement his martial training with firearms courses and is also pursuing his certification in CDT Non-Lethal Force Training.


Tony Alfonzo: Tony is a Vanguard Krav Maga® Black Belt and brings a vast array of experience to the ASD staff with over 10 years experience in Krav Maga. He has complimented his skill set with years of MMA training and has earned a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu. With over 17 years experience in law enforcement, Tony provides unique insight to our program with a background in Special Operations and Bureau of Investigations. He is California POST Certified Defensive Tactics & Physical Training Instructor with years of academy instruction experience.


Jason Stimac: Jason began training in martial arts in 1994 with Tang Soo Do Karate and Muay Thai. He has earned a Green belt in Krav Maga and a 2nd Degree Red belt in Tang Soo Do Karate. Prior to moving up to the Bay Area Jason trained in Muay Thai for 6 years. Jason also recently completed his Level I CDT Certification.