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 “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone; the   courage to make tough decisions and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. True leaders are not those who strive to be first but those who are first to strive and give their all for the success of the team. True leaders see the need and have the vision to make a plan and empower the team for action. By the strength of the leader’s commitment, the power of the team is unleashed.
Some say I’ll try my best. True leaders say I’ll be the best!
One does not set out to be a leader but becomes one by the quality of his or her character, and the integrity of their actions. In the end, leaders are much like eagles…They don’t flock, you find them one at a time.”

Founder &Executive Director  - Soke Michael DePasquale Jr
                                                                                                         
Martial Arts and Law Enforcement Expert  - Grandmaster Joe Hess
 
Martial Arts, Military and Law Enforcement Expert - Shihan Bill D’ Urso                                                                                                          
                                                                                                         
Regional Coordinator and Instructor- Shihan Tom Harris
                                                   
Legal Counsel - John Shari Esq.                                                                     
                                 
Secretary/Treasurer - Mrs. Darlene Novak
 
 

JOE HESS
  Martial Arts, Military, and Law Enforcement Expert
Joe Hess is a military veteran who served with distinction in the US Army. Joe Hess has over 40+ years of martial arts experience. He is a former world heavyweight full contact karate champion and a 10th Dan Black Belt in Goju Karate. He also has advanced Black Belt ranks in Judo, Kung Fu, and Jujitsu. He is the head of the Joe Hess Goju Karate system. Joe Hess trained with one of the great American martial arts pioneers, the late Peter Urban.
Joe Hess has extensive law enforcement experience. Before retirement, he was the chief defensive tactics, firearms, and driver instructor for the Broward County Florida Police Academy for 33 years. Prior to that, he was a police officer, canine officer police detective, and police instructor for the Wildwood, New Jersey Police Department. 
Joe Hess has taught martial arts, and personal safety to martial artists, law enforcement personnel, and citizens organizations throughout the United States. He is in high demand worldwide as a security and personal protection expert.
Joe Hess is an actor, appearing in many TV shows and films. He is an author of several martial arts and personal safety books and was featured in many martial arts magazines. 
  
 
 
BILL D’URSO 
  Martial Arts, Military, and Law Enforcement Expert
Bill D’Urso is a US Marine veteran with over 40 + years of martial arts and security experience. Bill D’Urso holds advanced Black belt ranks in JuJitsu, Judo, and Sambo. 
Although Bill did some competitive fighting, the major direction of his martial arts career has been in the defensive tactics and personal safety area. He trained with one of the legendary pioneers of the martial arts, the late Michael DePasquale Sr. He currently trains with Michael De Pasquale Jr. 
Bill D’Urso is a retired special agent of the US Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security. (DS) During his career, he protected four secretaries of state and their families, spanning a 24 year period. 
Bill D’Urso holds a master’s degree in Justice Administration from Norwich University. After 9/11, Bill returned to Diplomatic Security as a contractor and spent 6 years traveling over 20 times to Afghanistan, where he supervised the training of Afghans responsible for the protection of President Karzai.
 
Founder &Executive Director
                                 *Soke Michael DePasquale Jr*
                                                                                                        
                     Martial Arts and Law Enforcement Expert     
                                      *Grandmaster Joe Hess*

             Martial Arts, Military and Law Enforcement Expert                                
                                        *Shihan Bill D’ Urso*                                                                                                          
                                                                                                        
                            Regional Coordinator and Instructor                               
                                         *Shihan Tom Harris*
                                                  
                                                 Legal Counsel      
                                             *John Shari Esq.*                                                                         
                                
                                            Secretary/Treasurer
                                          *Mrs. Darlene Novak*