North Carolina AKD Instructors

Below are the certified Active Killer Defense™ Instructors in North Carolina. To reach any of these instructors, please use the contact form at the bottom of the page. 



Altonio Rivers: Altonio is a Human Trafficking Detective with CMPD and a member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Human Trafficking Task Force with Homeland Security Investigations, Federal Bureau of Investigations and U.S. and County Attorney’s Offices.  He is also a member of the Special Weapons & Tactics Team (SWAT) for the past 10 years.  He is a certified Active Killer Defense™ Instructor and is involved heavily in the Defensive Options program at Fit to Fight®

Dee Ukon, Stacey Machado: Dee and Stacey are Fit to Fight® Defensive Options Instructors as well as Active Killer Defense™ Instructors. Stacey also maintains the front desk and day-to-day member involvement at FTF® Charlotte. 

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Amber Staklinski: Amber is the Program Director at FTF® Gastonia. She is also a Fit to Fight® Defensive Options Black Belt and Instructor. 

Paul Bonnin: In addition to being a certified Active Killer Defense™ Instructor, Paul is a Fit to Fight®  Defensive Options Instructor and works for the City of Gastonia Fire Department.

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Eladio Roman: In addition to being a certified Active Killer Defense™ Instructor, Eladio is a Fit to Fight® Defensive Options Instructor at Burlington Krav Maga. 

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David Stacy: David is a certified Active Killer Defense™ Instructor in Greensboro, NC. He is the owner and head instructor for Octagon MMA and Krav Maga. 

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Robert Whiteside: Robert is prior active duty military (US Army, Military Intelligence), retired law enforcement (Jackson Police Department, Jackson, MS), and has worked as a Hospital Security Director from 2006 to the present.

With a passion for the disciplines of law enforcement and conflict transformation, Robert possesses a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) from the University of NC Greensboro.  A ceaseless interest in combative practices has led Robert to train in several disciplines including Ed Parker’s American Kenpo, Pekiti Tirsia Kali, boxing, Wing Chun, and eclectic grappling.  He is a graduate of Tony Blauer’s Personal Defense Readiness (PDR) Instructor’s program and Eddie Quinn’s The Approach Self Protection Method Instructor program.  He is a certified instructor in Verbal Defense & Influence (Vistelar) and Surviving Verbal Conflict (Dolan Consulting Group).

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