Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Owner / Lead Instructor
Professor Shawn Pretat began his martial arts career in high school, practicing Jiu-jitsu and Pancrase Shoot Fighting. Upon joining the military in 1997, he dedicated himself to training in Russian Combat Sambo for the next 9 years. In 2007 he became a Master Combatives Instructor for the U.S. Army, training combat team operations as well as coaching and participating in traveling team competition.
Shawn started his path in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in 2006, learning from Jason “Blind Fury” Keaton under the lineage of Renata Tavares. Having moved to El Paso, TX he transferred under the mentoring of black belts Phil Cardella and Steve Hordinski, while being belted directly from the legend Relson Gracie himself and later receiving his Black Belt From one of the best known instructors in the world , Red & Black Belt Master Caique.
During his military service Shawn was able to participate in seminars all over the world and train with Brazilian Jiu-jitsu experts Royce Gracie, Ralek Gracie, Bob Bass, Rener Gracie, Rigan Machado and several others. He continued to expand his training and expertise, traveling to be certified in IKI Krav Maga under Moche Kratz and Rob Peterson, as well as studying American Kenpo Karate with Grand Master Michael Pick, among others. In that time period, he also opened and established several academies, which are still open and have been transferred to qualified instructors.
Being technically and tactically sound, Shawn was selected to run military base programs as the Head Combatives Instructor for the U.S. Army. He was responsible for training soldiers every day, from basic to elite teams, in defensive and offensive fighting techniques, room clearing operations and small cell extraction with SRT (Special Response Teams).
While training soldiers and traveling he accomplished many victories with his team. He is a Pro Fighter and Army Champion at several bases around the world, has won several BJJ tournaments, including taking First Place in the NAGA Worlds Advanced Division in 2010.
Shawn retired from the military in 2017 after serving 20 honorable years. Because of his passion for teaching and helping others, he now shares the knowledge and expertise his years in the military bestowed on him with the private sector.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coach-Instructor / Krav Maga Owner-Lead Instructor
Elle Jackson is a life long athlete and has 17 years of experience in hand-to-hand training. Frequent relocation led her to train in any art available at her current location, which included boxing, Kenpo and kickboxing. She is a certified instructor of Krav Maga and currently holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Coach Elle is the lead instructor at Aegis Krav Maga where she is known for her attention to technical detail, clear teaching style, and belief that while violence is serious, we shouldn't take ourselves too seriously.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Assistant Kids Instructor / Krav Maga Assistant Instructor
She is a upcoming Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and certified Associate Level 2 Instructor of Krav Maga. She was Brought on as an assistant to the kids BJJ program from her vast capabilities as a kids instructor as seen in other martial arts programs. She holds an Associate of Exercise Science degree and has seven years of experience in the fitness industry as a group fitness instructor and as a personal trainer.