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is a Krav Maga black belt, a fitness coach, and certified Active Killer Defense, BCon, SPARology and From the Ground Up instructor. His background also includes training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Wrestling, Boxing, Kali/Arnis, and Muay Thai. Jesse brings a level of excitement and expertise to his students found nowhere else in the Louisville area.

Jesse is also head of the Rough Hands Affiliate Program, which offers affiliate schools a robust self-defense program, and warrior-focused Yoga program, as well as Rough Hands Family, and Active Killer Response.


Shelby York


is a 200-hour RYT yoga instructor certified in Shamanic studies, as a healing facilitator/instructor. Shelby is also an accomplished Krav Maga self-defense instructor. She has a diverse background in dance, kick boxing, wrestling, Shamanic arts, & Krav Maga. Her yoga background includes: Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Kundalini.

Shelby is the developer of the affiliate-based, Rough Hands Yoga program. She has developed a curriculum specifically geared towards the needs of fighter — or just those who want to achieve the flexibility, mobility, and balance of a fighter.


Karen Cook


is very excited to be joining the crew as a Rough Hands Instructor! She is a trilingual, world traveler who has settled in Louisville and found a passion for Krav Maga. As a yogini for nearly a decade, and now as a self defense instructor, Karen brings her cross-cultural experiences to the mat, creating a space where everyone feels welcome to learn and be – together. She’s a nerd in the classic sense: crunching numbers by day, reading books by night.

May you be at peace and among your people ¡Bienvenidos! أهلاً و سهلاً


Chris Humphreys


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