Dr. Ed Torrejon; Executive Director

“As a 3-time All American athlete and a national collegiate wrestling champion coupled with a Doctorate in Educational Administration, I feel truly humbled and blessed to use my life experiences to help our struggling youth of today.”



Ed Torrejon 1977 NCAA Championship (back, left)

Jesse James Tucker

Jesse is the Senior Instructor at Tucson’s Rising Phoenix Fitness and Defense. He has been teaching self-defense for over 12 years. He is the original USKMA certified Krav Maga black belt in AZ, and has experience as an Amateur MMA fighter. Jesse has trained champion grapplers, competition fighters, law enforcement officers, and military personnel. He specializes in custom training that meets the needs and goals of his students.

Chance Ward

Chance has over 40 years of combined experience training and teaching traditional and hybrid martial arts styles and self-preservation tactics. He specializes in CQC/CQB (Military & Law Enforcement Tactics), Tactical and Urban Combat training, Hand-to-hand combat, Urban confrontation and de-escalation, edged weapons, and weapons of convenience. Chance is a former pro-kickboxer and Muay Thai fighter (42 fights), three-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Gold Medalist, two-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Silver Medalist, two-time Brazilian Jiu-Jutsu Bronze Absoluto. He is a Black Belt in Judo, Sekei Rue Jui-Jitsu, Tagakure Rue Ninjitsu (Ninpo), Hwa Rang Do, Half-Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and 3rd degree Black Belt in Hiraido Jui-Jitsu. He is a Brown Belt in Aiki Jiu-Jitsu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Kenpo Karate. Chance has also received advanced training in kick-boxing, Wing Chun Kung-Fu (Wushu), and Escrima and Kali.

Tylar Zinn

Tylar is the Rainbow Connection Self Defense coach at Tucson’s Rising Phoenix. A member of the Tucson LGBTQ+ community, they have a background in behavioral health and have trained LGBTQ+ and Trans 101 courses for behavioral health providers and other audiences. Tylar focuses on practical self and community defense support with group and private training and believes in making self defense accessible to those who need it most.

Danielle Fradette

Danielle has 9+ years of experience teaching and 5+ years of Krav Maga training. She coordinates off-site self-defense seminars to diverse groups within our Tucson community and specializes in teaching self-defense to women and children. Danielle is one of the instructors for the Rising Leaders Youth Program and she also teaches fitness and yoga for athletes.

Danny Torrejonpersonal training
Volunteer Trainer since 2007

3-time National Power Lifting Champion, 25 amateur fights, potential professional fighter.

In Memoriam:

Eddie UrbanoEddie Urbano
Two-Time National Wrestling Champion & volunteer Wrestling Coach