Our Founders

[simpletabs style=”3″][simpletab title=”The Organizations”] The Damini Project is Powered By: ASSERT JKDALogoBLKonWHT and Revised Logo 2011[/simpletab] [simpletab title=”Sifu Harinder Singh Sabharwal”]

Sifu Harinder Singh Sabharwal

Sifu Singh is a descendant of an unbroken lineage of masters. He has spent years studying with masters and eating the bitter pill, training and teaching so he can pass on the ancient arts to a modern, cutting edge audience. His science of movement, fighting, wellness, and strategy is an evolution of a global journey spanning continents and cultures. It culminates in the present system which he teaches to Navy SEALS, U.S. Secret Service, SWAT Commanders and Police Captains, executives, F.B.I., C.I.A., CEO’s, DEA, professional athletes, elite law enforcement personnel throughout the United States, as well as other foreign and domestic military and intelligence agencies. When the situation demands impeccability and zero margin of error, Singh is called upon to train our nation’s most elite fighting forces.[/simpletab] [simpletab title=”Dr. Anshu Sabharwal”]

Dr. Anshu Sabharwal

Dr. Anshu Sabharwal has treated, trained and rehabilitated Olympic champions; NFL players, Martial Artists, weekend warriors and everyday men and women just like you.  She is highly sought after for her unique ability to both heal and strengthen her patients and students. She is best known for her women’s specific programs, taking the household mom to the Olympic athlete to the height of their physical and mental capabilities through her unique prescription of martial arts, strength conditioning, and ancient breathing and meditation practices. Her persistent training and years of hard work have awarded her an instructor rank in Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Martial Arts under Sifu Harinder Singh Sabharwal.  She is a certified Edged Weapons & Defensive Tactics Instructor in the Jeet Kune Do Athletic Association.  She is also a certified instructor in ETGSW(Escape To Gain Safety for Women). Dr. Sabharwal is also a student of Dr. Arnold Tayam and is certified in the Ancient Chinese Heeling Art of Qi Gong as an advanced Medical Qi Gong Practitioner. Dr. Sabharwal was featured in Century Martial Arts Video Series Jeet Kune Do for Real World Combat, Harinder Singh’s Century Video Action Strength™ – The Ultimate Strength and Conditioning Programming for Martial Artists and Athletes.[/simpletab] [simpletab title=”Sensei Cat Fitzgerald”]
Sensei Cat Fitzgerald

Sensei Cat Fitzgerald

His Martial Arts career spans over 38 years and features Dan rankings in Aikido, Shotokan, and TaeKwonDo, and trains in Judo, Kali, Silat, Wing Chun, Jeet Kun Do, and Muay Thai Kickboxing. He is a member of the Jeet Kune Do Athletics Association Instructor Team under Sifu Harinder Singh Sabharwal, PFS Edged Weapons Law Enforcement Instructor, and a Phase One Instructor under Sigung Paul Vunak. He is co-founder and Chief Trainer of the award-winning ASSERT Empowerment and Self Defense program, which is a featured program in numerous Eating Disorder Clinics, Victim Response and Support Organizations, Domestic Violence Shelters, and At-Risk Youth organizations, including Tracey Wilson Mourning’s Honey Shine Program, Casa Valentina, Emmaus House. He has had the privilege of training Military, FBI, CIA, and a number of Law Enforcement and Special Ops Teams in Close Quarters Combat, Weapons, and his diverse collection of Martial Arts, which he teaches under the Neko Okami Integrated Martial Arts banner. He also trains Olympic and Professional athletes in Resistance Flexibility and Strength Training. He has been named by his Medalists and World Record Holding clients as the secret weapon in their arsenal for success. [/simpletab] [simpletab title=”Sensei Lissette Fitzgerald”]

Sensei Lissette Fitzgerald

Lissette “Liz” Fitzgerald Sensei is co-founder, Chief Trainer, and Chief Instructor of the award-winning ASSERT Empowerment and Self-Defense program, through which she is honored to work with numerous organizations, helping previously victimized women, men, and children heal and find their inner strength and teaching families, peer groups, and corporate groups how to live safe, empowered lives. Liz is working towards her CNVC Non-Violent Communications Certification, and has been studying Cat Sensei’s blend of Martial Arts for over 7 years. She is a Sandan in Traditional MuDuk Kwan Tae Kwon Do under Grand Master Katherine Wieczerza, as well as a member of the Jeet Kune Do Athletics Association Instructor Team under Sifu Harinder Singh Sabharwal, PFS Edged Weapons Law Enforcement Instructor, and PFS Apprentice Instructor under Sigung Paul Vunak. Liz is an award-winning Marketing Editor and Writer, having received well over 30 industry awards during her career thus far.[/simpletab] [simpletab title=”Sergeant John Riddle”]

Sergeant John Riddle

John Riddle is currently a Sergeant with the West Palm Beach Police Department. During his 28 years of service he has worked as a Patrol Division Field Training Supervisor certified in Defensive Tactics and Firearms. In 1989, John became a member of the SWAT Team for the West Palm Beach Police Department where he served for 16 years. He instructed the SWAT Team’s defensive tactics program, firearms and tactical entry instructor. 13 years on the Entry Team and 3 years as a Sniper Team Leader. In 1996, John was selected as a member of the CAT Team; a street level narcotics unit that performed drug buys, wrote search warrants, conducted prostitution stings and tactical patrol duties. John’s teaching career began in the mid 1980’s when he was assigned as a Combat Arms Training Instructor (CATM) in the United States Air Force. During his Air Force career John taught firearm skills to Air Force Security Police, Air Force Base Law Enforcement Personnel, Para Rescue units and Combat Controllers. Training / Certification:
  • Black Belt in Korean Karate
  • Certified Personal Trainer / Physical Fitness Specialist with The Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research
  • Certified SABRE Civilian Safety Awareness Program – Pepper Spray Instructor
  • Certified Master SABRE Law Enforcement – Pepper Spray Instructor
  • Certified TASER C2 – Civilian Training Instructor
  • Certification in all areas of Officer Survival
  • Certified Redman Instructor
  • Certified Close Quarter Personal Self Defense Training Instructor
  • TeamOne Network Instructor
  • NRA Certified Basic Pistol Instructor
  • Simunition Scenario and Safety Instructor
  • CT 707 – Israeli Special Forces Krav Maga Instructor
  • Burn with Kerns Strength and Conditioning Coach Certification
Jeet Kune Do Athletic Association:
  • Teaching the Art & Science of Contemporary Jeet Kune Do under Sigung Paul Vunak & Sifu Harinder Singh
  • Rank of Full Instructor
  • Edged Weapons Instructor
  • Teaching the Art and Science of Jeet Kune Do and Kali
  • Law Enforcement Advisor for Jeet Kune Do Athletics
 International Trainer:
  • Alberta-Calgary, Canada 2012: Instructed members of Jeet Kune Do Athletic Association on Situational Awareness
  • Garda College in Templemore, Ireland 2011: Instructed members of the Ireland military, police and swat in a 3 day RedMan training course sponsored by TeamOne Network
  • Rome, Italy 2011: Instructed members of the Rome Police and civilians in a Contemporary Jeet Kune Do course.
  • Promotion to Sergeant of Police – 2003
  • Officer of the Quarter – 2002
  • Service Certificate – 1996
  • Certificate of Merit – 1991, 1992
  • Black Belt Magazine 2012 “Instructor of the Year”
  • American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers – 2006
  • International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors – 2006
  • International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association – 2006/2012
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement Defensive Tactics Panel – 2006, 2007, 2008
  • TeamOne Instructor Conference – 2007 / 2008 / 2012
  • Honored Member of the Biltmore Who’s Who – January 2010
  • Israeli Special Forces Krav Maga – 2011
Publications: Police News Magazine / issue June 2012 Law Officer July 2006 / Volume 2, Issue 5: Pages 42 to 44 “Body Language: Understand and Pay Attention to Movement Cues” [/simpletab] [simpletab title=”Leigh Garczynski”]
Bio Photo January 2013

Leigh Garczynski

  • Action Strength Instructor under Sifu Harinder Singh
  • Commando Krav Maga Level 2 Instructor under Moni Aizik
  • Contemporary Jeet Kune Do Apprentice Instructor under Sigung Paul Vunak & Sifu Harinder Singh of Progressive Fighting Systems
  • Contemporary Jeet Kune Do Edged Weapons Instructor
  • Contemporary Jeet Kune Do LEO – Police & SWAT Edged Weapons Instructor
  • CPR / AED & First Aid – adult, child and infant
  • Descendant of the Masters: Adapt for Life Instructor
  • Descendant of the Masters: Escape to Gain Safety East Coast Representative Descendant of the Masters: Escape to Gain Safety Women’s Program Instructor
  • Descendant of the Masters: Escape to Gain Safety Children’s Program Instructor
  • Escape to Gain Safety Brown Belt
  • MMA Conditioning Coach under Coach Kevin Kearns of Burn with Kearns
  • Rape Aggression Defense Instructor
  • RedMan Instructor certified through TeamOne Network
  • Simunition Safety Officer
Training: Action Strength / Kettle Bell – functional fitness & athletic development Close Quarter Self Defense Contemporary Jeet Kune Do under Sigung Paul Vunak & Sifu Harinder Singh Edged Weapons User Defender Filipino Martial Arts Half Marathon – fundraising event for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America Max Interval Fitness SABRE Pepper Spray End User Simunition Scenario Training Spartan 2013 Team Coach for PSDS Women’s Self Defense T’ai Chi & Indian Breath Control   Affiliations: Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce Burn with Kearns MMA Conditioning Commando Krav Maga Descendant of the Masters: Adapt for Life Ambassador National Rifle Association Police Friends of Italy Progressive Fighting Systems / Descendants of the Masters Rape Aggression Defense RedMan Simunition TeamOne Network Team Challenge – Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America The Damini Project It is my belief that training is a continuous life journey. Knowledge is power and mastering a technique is just the beginning of learning an art. Dedication, time and the pursuit of excellence is all part of growing and passing knowledge on to others is the core of one’s journey!”[/simpletab]