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Our Instructors

Jason Patterson

Owner/Head Coach


Over 35 years of persistent training in the Martial Arts


  • BLACK BELT, GO-JU-RYU KARATE - 4th Degree Under New England Budo Center, James Prouty and world renowned okinawan master Teruo Chinen


  • BLACK BELT, JUDO - 2nd degree United States Judo Association under world renowned instructor Noriyasu Kudo


  • BLACK BELT, BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU - Under world renowned and hall of fame Professor Marco Alvan of Team Link BJJ

  • Certified Level 3 Instructor of the POTC approved law enforcement defensive tactics program - Officer Survival Series.


  • National Champion - Gold Medalist at the AAU National Karate Championships


  • MMA Coach - Over 10 years coaching and cornering experience - coached and trained multiple amatuer and professional MMA fighters.


  • BJJ Competitions - Over 10 years experience competing - Gold and Silver medalist in several grappling championship including IBJJF, NAGA, Tap Cancer Out, and Caxcudo.


  • Russian Systema - Extensive training and certification - a self defense system utilized by the russian special forces.


  • Oversees Training - Lived and trained in Ibaraki, Japan for 2 years training traditional karate with members of the Mito City Police Force.


  • Massachusetts Licensed Physical Education Teacher - Bridgewater State University - Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Athletic Training. Over 10 years experience as a Physical Education Teacher working with children in behavior modification programs.


  • Licensed Athletic Trainer - Massachusetts Board of Allied Health Professions - Worked extensively with high school, collegiate, semi-professional and professional athletes.


  • Member of the National Association of Professional Martial Artists


  • Personal Trainer - Hand speed and agility training for NFL Lineman Chris Lindstrom of the Atlanta Falcons and Alec Lindstrom of the Dallas Cowboys


  • Affiliate of Adopt a Cop BJJ- a non-profit organization that promotes and supports BJJ training for Law Enforcement.

Michael Tabor


  • Well versed in the arts of Traditional Okinawan Karate, Judo and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

  • Massachusetts Licensed MMA fighter and competitor in the North American Grappling Association where he has received numerous medals.

  • Teaches our youth classes and Teen Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes.

  • Enthusiasm and  passion for the martial arts makes him a top quality instructor of our programs at Guardian Self Defense.

Jared Evora


  • Black Belt - Okinawa Go-Ju Ryu Karate 

  • Certified Instructor - Youth Karate, Kickboxing and MMA

  • Over 10 years of diligent training in the Martial Arts

  • Valued member of Team Link BJJ and MMA

Brianna Hicks


  • Over 8 years of diligent training in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

  • Certified Instructor - Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

  • Valued member of the Team Link BJJ Competition Team

  • Completion of the 2023 RYCA Youth Leadership Retreat

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