Focus on: Elite Combat Defense Tactics, suite 102, Shoppes at the Landing, Lake Wylie
Owner: Eric Schanno, coach; Josh Flamm, head coach
What’s new: Elite Combat Defense Tactics is offering a 12-week “She’Strong” course for females ages 15 and older beginning Oct. 8. This course is focused on teaching women how to defend themselves against an assault. The course consists of two classes a week for 12 weeks to ensure each participant feels comfortable with the techniques so it can be instantly recalled if a situation occurs. Sign up through Oct. 4. Second session begins Nov. 14.
Services offered: MMA training applied to practical self-defense techniques that work in real-world situations for both genders regardless of age or fitness level. Each student starts at level 1 learning the basics of striking, defending and escaping from situations. Students increase to advanced levels learning more techniques and can come to sparring and GUTS (weapons) class. Coach Flamm has defined the ECDT program through the decades of training he has received applying the best techniques of each martial art.
Background: Coach Flamm started boxing in Brooklyn, N.Y., at the age of 5 moving to kickboxing at 10. At 15, he started Karate and then Taekwondo, gaining senior levels of black belt in both. He trained and instructed in Krav Maga, Jiu Jitsu and MMA through his 20s and 30s, enhancing the overall aspects of his self-defense program.
Community involvement: ECDT is at many school and community events raising money for causes and children.
Quote: “ ‘Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum’ is our school motto and directly translated means ‘If you wish for peace, prepare for war.’ Our belief is it is always better to be prepared for the worst than to have the worst happen and not be prepared.”
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Friday
Contact info: 803-746-7176; elitecombatdefense.com; email@example.com