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CONFIDENT
RESILIENT
WORTHY

Self Defense  |  Brazilian jiu-jitsu  |  Krav Maga

ABOUT 
HERO COURSES

Hero Self Defense, LLC.’s mission is to provide individuals with complete self-defense and violence prevention courses and weekend workshops designed to develop and build confidence, resilience, and self-worth.

Our goal is to provide high quality and complete self defense programs for a wide range of groups such as;

 

  • families

  • kids

  • women

  • coed classes

  • schools

  • churches

  • colleges

  • corporate safety events

 

Our ability to use defensive tactics and violence prevention along with firearms and weapons training, Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu makes our program unique and complete.

 

Our goal is to provide self defense options for the whole family that are not only effective and complete, but the best part of your week, month, day or year, depending on how long you decide to train.

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Services

Below are the services we currently offer, but we are working on courses constantly, if you have a requested service that is not currently listed below, please contact us and we will be more then happy to accommodate you the best we can.

 Courses RUNNING NOW

The following locations/Instructors have Continuous classes throughout the year.

FOR A Private Group Seminar, Workshop, or presentation,  please fill out thIS contact Form 

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Location:

Wall 2 Wall Martial Arts, Denham Springs, LA

Typical Class Time: Mondays & Wednesdays 5:00-5:45pm

What To Wear: Comfortable gym style clothes, flip flops or slides, bring water

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Location:

Warrior Defense BJJ, DeLand, FL

Typical Class Time: Fridays 6:00-7:15pm

What To Wear: Comfortable gym style clothes, flip flops or slides, bring water

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Location:

Lincoln Jiujitsu Academy, Lincoln, CA

Typical Class Time: Fridays 6:00-7:30pm

What To Wear: Comfortable gym style clothes, flip flops or slides, bring water

meet the team

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STACEY COUNCILMAN

Along with being the founder and CEO of The Warrior Forged Project and CEO of Hero Self Defense, LLC | Mean Girl Project, Stacey is a 4x IBJJF Master World Champion, several time Pans, Nationals, and NoGi World Champion and has been the number #1 ranked brown belt master 3 female in Brazilian Jiujitsu for three years running (2021-2023).  She is also a black belt in Kung Fu San Soo and has been an advanced civilian, law enforcement, and military Krav Maga instructor through ICSU since 2018.  In 2021 Stacey opened The Warriors Forge - a self defense academy in Roseville, CA which was also considered the west coast base camp for both Hero Self Defense, LLC and The Warrior Forged Project.  In May of 2023 Stacey closed the academy to work solely on building Hero Self Defense, LLC, and Warrior Forged Project due to time limitations while running a gym. 

Stacey is actively working on building and improving programs and courses, marketing and business development for The Warrior Forged Project and Hero Self Defense, LLC, and writing a book on self defense, as well as continuing to train and compete in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

 

Outside of work and training, Stacey enjoys time with her husband, and growing her farm and homestead in Northern California.  She loves to cook and hang out with her 3 dogs and 20 chickens, and is also a mom of three grown children in their 20's and hoping to enjoy grandchildren in the near future.

LINDSEY HEDLUND

Lindsey started training at age 34 and immediately fell in love with jiu jitsu as a sport and for self-defense. She paved the way at her school as the only competitive adult female and the first female to earn her purple belt. In 2021, she launched a women’s only self-defense program known as Mean Girl Jiu Jitsu, which encouraged ladies to cast aside all stereotypes and risk of being labelled in order to protect their own safety and well-being. In 2022, Lindsey added Krav Maga and MMA training to her schedule and became a certified instructor with Warrior Forged Project, along with still training and competing in BJJ. Jiu jitsu has helped Lindsey to acknowledge her worth and become more resilient in all aspects of her life. She believes that every woman would benefit from training and truly treasures the jiu jitsu community!

 

Off the mats, Lindsey loves spending time with her husband and two daughters. She graduated with a BS in Biochemistry and Cellular/Molecular Biology, Masters in Business Administration, and works full time in regulatory affairs for medical devices. She has completed marathons, triathlons, and loves functional fitness training (especially with her family). She also loves hiking, writing, family board/video game nights, and trying any new experience or food!

LESLIE STEINMANN

Leslie started training in 2009, when a friend introduced her to kickboxing & MMA.  The professor at her gym suggested she give Jiu Jitsu a try and it was “love at first roll”.  Although her BJJ/Self-Defense journey has had some ups and downs in 2017, she earned her black belt in MMA and currently holds a purple belt in BJJ.  Leslie continues to train BJJ & self-defense and has a deep passion to help women gain confidence, skill and courage through the martial arts.  

Leslie is a certified Kicking Boxing/Self Defense Instructor with Warrior Defense BJJ (her gym) as well as instructs BJJ.  In 2022, Leslie became a certified instructor with The Warrior Forged Project & The Mean Girl Project and launched Florida’s 1st Mean Girl Project LVL 1 Course in her town.  Since the 1st class launch, she has taught several MGP 1 Courses, a LVL 2 course and is continuing to build and grow the program in FL and now throughout the East Coast.  

 

Outside of training, Leslie loves to spend time with her husband, Superman, & her two boys (one who is serving in FL’s National Guard and the other whose focus is finishing school & fishing).  Leslie enjoys quality time with her friends, fishing, biking for miles, surfing, drinking good coffee and hanging out with her doggo during morning devotional time on her back porch. 

Get in Touch

We currently have courses and workshops in several states throughout the U.S. including Florida, Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Idaho and California.

916-510-6562

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