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Pedro E. Sanchez holds a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Krav Maga and has been involved in martial arts and self-defense for over 18 years. He started his training in the Brazilian Martial Arts of Capoeria under his good friend Contra Mestre Gui at the Centrosul Capoeria Academy. Later, he moved on to Jiu-Jitsu, which he studied for a little over two years until finally finding his home in Krav Maga. In early 2005, he began training at Beach Cities Krav Maga under Master Beau Durocher. After coming from Chatsworth, CA, Mr. Durocher had just opened his location in Huntington Beach, CA, with a 5th degree American Tong Soo Doo black belt and an expert level civilian/military/law enforcement instructor certification in Krav Maga. Master Beau Durocher has over 15 years of Krav Maga training and 25 plus years of experience with traditional martial arts and self-defense. Pedro always respected the Krav Maga system and immediately found his passion in training and assisting classes. After training daily with Beau Durocher and his methodical and rigorous training regiment, he was selected as a candidate for instructor training. He taught his own class by early 2006 at the Huntington Beach location and devoted countless hours to the growth of Beach Cities Krav Maga. Pedro taught at BCKM in Orange County for over 6 years.

In 2007, after some time working as a main instructor at the Huntington Beach location, Pedro was asked to begin a satellite location in Newport Beach/Costa Mesa for BCKM. As a Program Director/Lead Instructor, he spent two years managing and training students while growing the location. Pedro was then asked to open and manage another new location in Yorba Linda. After spending a little over a year as the Program Director/Lead Instructor of the Yorba Linda location, Pedro relocated to Santa Barbara, CA, opening his own studio and bringing Krav Maga Israeli Self-Defense to the Central Coast!

Pedro holds a 3rd degree Black Belt in Krav Maga under the American Krav Maga Federation and is certified through Krav Maga Alliance under John Whitman at the national training center in Culver City, CA, Expert Level Certified with the American Krav Maga Federation (AKMF) as a Black Belt under Beau Durocher, CEO/Chief Instructor of Boise Cities Krav Maga, certified with Krav Maga Worldwide at the National Training Center in Los Angeles, CA, as well as KMX Youth Training Certified.

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