I began my career as a firefighter with Maple Valley Fire Department in 1992 after serving 8 years in the U.S. Army as a transportation officer. It is exciting work with medical, fire, car accident, and service calls. In 2002, I was promoted to Lieutenant.  That has the added responsibilities of training, supervising. and directing of fire crews, as well as overseeing their safety and security.  Training at the A.K.E.A. has been a valuable tool in developing my eyes for awareness and the skills to give me confidence to protect my crew from the unruly or violent people we occasionally encounter.

On April 1st, I was promoted to Captain. This position adds some logistical and administrative responsibilities to my current duties. 

I am honored to work with outstanding individuals in the fire service. I am equally honored to work with the outstanding students and instructors at the A.K.E.A. – Mr. Phil Lercher

Come in and train!

“I want to thank you for having this Dojo open for personal student training throughout the day. I do not know if any other Dojo does so. I think they do not. A.K.E.A., in my mind, is the BEST choice when searching for a self defense school.” – Mrs. T.

We at the A.K.E.A. encourage our students to come in to train on their own or find a training partner.  Your training is not limited to your private lessons and groups.  See the calendar for Open Training times.  

 

This is what the ladies of the A.K.E.A. had to say about Women’s Group

To Mr. Tork:

Thank you for helping me find my voice!

Thank you so much for helping me find the warrior in me.

Thank you for a very valuable group!

Thank you Mr. Tork!!  This was a great class.  Lots of great valuable info for life.

Thank you for your time, enthusiasm, and coaching.  Best of luck.

Thank you, Sir, for a GREAT group and all the extra effort I know you put into it!

 

Mr. Moore’s Fun Time Group

I enjoyed Mr. Moore’s Fun Time group.  It was really informative, and I learned new skills.  Of course, I need to keep practicing to make both my hands work together and make things happen a little smoother, but the class sure gave me quite a bit of information to chew on.  I am becoming more and more interested in the “open hand” skills Mr. Moore explains every time I take a new class.

Group attendance from a student’s perspective:

Thank you for strongly encouraging me to attend groups.  I attend both groups on Wednesday and the one on Monday.  I admit, it was intimidating at first, especially when I was just a white belt.  But without these groups, I don’t think that I would be doing as well as I am today.  Groups help to make our techniques understandable.  What I appreciate, is that the other students are helpful and encouraging, which in itself has made attending much easier.  Even better, sometimes, I feel I am “ahead” in our private lessons.

Life Skills for Every Day

The quick reflexes and solid horse stance I learned at the A.K.E.A. saved my leg.

My pant leg was caught in the gears of an industrial oven that would have most certainly shredded my foot and ankle if I had not responded immediately.

The Carhartts were ripped up to my thigh but I walked away with nothing but a red mark and some grease on my leg.

Self defense does not always involve being attacked by a bad guy.

A.K.E.A. teaches every day life skills.

Little Dragon Dad

“Thank you for teaching self defense to our kid!  At 4 years of age, he is using this class as a great opportunity to be a self-confident, disciplined gentleman. He just doesn’t know it yet.  We appreciate how the A.K.E.A. Auburn is improving his confidence and ability to follow directions.”