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Scott A. Gave

Owner/Head Coach of Fit 2 Defend Academy

 Coach Scott Gave is the Owner/Head coach for Fit 2 Defend Academy

Scott Gave is a Professional Martial Arts/Fitness/Life/Wellness coach with over 20 years of experience related to instructing and managing operations within the Martial Arts & Fitness Industries. During this time, Scott has mentored over 3000 students. He has promoted over 200 + students to their Black Belts. He has helped develop and implement programs that have increased the student memberships by over 75% in 4 different Martial Arts academies. He has trained several staff members and empowered & certified over hundreds students in a Leadership program that he developed. He has a goal to expand his knowledge and experience in the Business, Martial Arts, Fitness and Wellness industries. Scott also has a goal to empower his local communities on the benefits of training.


  • 3rd Degree Black Belt in a blended style of Martial Arts (Filipino Kali, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do, Japanese Shoot Wrestling, and Boxing under Guro Marc Halleck.

  • 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do under Sensei Rebecca and Colin Dick.

  • 1st Degree Black Belt in Hand-to-Hand Combat under Hock Hochheim.

  • Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu under Jackson McVicker & Jeff Serafin. Received December 2nd, 2017

  • Intermediate Level 3 in Kali under Ron Balicki.

  • Level 4 in Panatukan/Silat Combatives under Marc Halleck.

  • Intermediate Level in Muay Thai Kickboxing under Matt Albanese.

  • Competed and ranked Top 5 in the following competitions

    • North American Grappling Association (N.A.G.A.)

    • North American Sport Karate Association (N.A.S.K.A.)

    • American Karate Association (A.K.A.)

    • International Tournaments in Japan- Bronze Medalist

    • International Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Federation (IBJJF) Silver & Bronze medalist in 2016 & 2017- GI competitor

    • Master/Senior IBJJF World Tournament 2016 Competitor- 2017 Coach

    • Pro Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Competitor- 1-0 Grappling Games Pro

    • Official for Fight 2 Win Chicago 2019

  • Certified Wellness coach thru the Wellness Registry

  • CPR/First Aid certified

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    Fit 2 Defend Academy Coaching Team
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Fit 2 Defend Academy Youth Coaches Team

Aria Gill

Instructor of Youth F2D Combative Program

1st Degree Black belt

Level 3 Leadership member

Over 12 years of Martial Arts training

Attending College

Sophie Meilman

Youth Combative Coach

F2D Black Belt in 2018

Level 3 Leadership Member

Over 6 years Martial Arts Training

Over 6 years of Boxing Training

Brent Meilman

Youth Combative Coach

F2D Black Belt in 2018

Level 3 Leadership Member

Over 6 years Martial Arts Training

Over 6 years of Boxing Training

Julian Albulescu

Youth Combative Blend Assistant Coach

Julian is a F2D Combative Black Belt. He received his Black belt in May 2019. Julian has trained in Martial Arts for over 4 years and also has Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training. Julian is high school and is a true leader and future champion for the game of life!

Tara Gill

Instructor of Youth F2D Program

2nd Degree Black Belt

Level 3 Leadership Member

Medicine College student

Over 10 years Martial Arts Training

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Fit 2 Defend Academy Adult Coaches Team

Blake Klassman

Assistant Adult Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coach

Blake is a 25-year- old professional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt under Jeff Serafin. Blake has been

bodybuilding since the age of 12 and was a wrestler and football player in high school. He began his

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Career in April of 2011 and is an accomplished active competitor in the Brazilian Jiu

Jitsu scene in both gi and no gi. His style consists of a sophisticated open guard system accompanied by

an aggressive guard passing system with pin-point pressure and swift agility.


 Undefeated professional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu record (1-0)

 Fight 2 Win Pro 13 160lb Brown Belt Superfight winner

 New Breed Ultimate Challenge No Gi Expert Division Champion

 New Breed Ultimate Challenge Gi Absolute Division Medalist

 2016 IBJJF Chicago Open Gi Purple Belt Middleweight Medalist

 2015 IBJJF Chicago Open Gi Purple Belt Middleweight Medalist

* Earned Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt on December 8th, 2018 from Professor Jackson McVicker & Jeff Serafin


Erik Hayner

Assistant Adult BJJ Coach- Weekday Mornings

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt December 10th, 2018 under Professor Jack McVicker & Jeff Serafin

Judo Brown Belt under Maje

Adam Bautista

F2D Adult Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coach- Sunday Morning

Coach Adam Bautista has been training eight years and is a  Fit 2 Defend Academy -Serafin- McVicker Brazilian Jiu jitsu brown belt. He has medaled at IBJJF at all belt ranks, to date, and enjoys teaching our Sunday class, focusing on fundamentals and practical application of technique. Outside of the gym he enjoys spending time with his wife and two young sons in Lake Bluff.What's this item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

Dale Bowser

Assistant Adult Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt recieved December 2nd, 2017 under Professor Jackson McVicker & Jeff Serafin

2016 Master World IBJJF Competitor

Collegiate Wrestler

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Official

Mark Foster

Assistant Adult BJJ Coach- Saturday mornings

Coach Mark is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Professors Jack McVicker & Jeff Serafin. Coach Mark has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over 10 years. Mark has competed in several international and local tournaments such as: IBJJF worlds & Chicago, New breed challenge, Naga, etc. Due to coach Mark career he has the ability to travel regularly and has trained with some of the best BJJ legends such as Chris Haueter, Kurt Osainder, Sergio Pena just to name a few. Mark received his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt on December 7th, 2019.

Simon Park

Assistant Adult BJJ Coach

Simon started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2002 with the Pedro Sauer Affiliation Gym. Simon has trained under a large variety of technical masters, world champions, and MMA fighters, including Helio Gracie, Pedro Sauer, Ryron Gracie, Rener Gracie, and Chris Haueter

Simon has spent much of his career training in Georgia and the last 8 years in Chicago. Simon currently trains with Professor Chris Haueter (5th Degree under Rigan Machado) who is one of the BJJ Dirty Dozen (first 12 Non-Brazilian recipients of the BJJ black belt). He received his black belt from Rigan Machado in 1996, is the first American black belt to compete in the Mundials De Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil, the first American black belt to win a black belt match.

Simon in early 2012 took gold at the NAGA Championships in Illinois and currently training to compete in future tournaments. Simon has a 4-1 record in amateur MMA and has retired from fighting. Simon is a lifelong athlete who attended many martial arts disciplines(ie. Boxing;Kickboxing;Wrestling) and receiving black belts in Muay Thai and Tae Kwon Do.

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