ABOUT US

We are Saifa

Self Defense is not just a set of fighting techniques:

It’s a state of mind, and it begins with the belief that you are worth defending.

Our goal is to provide every man and woman the tools to protect themselves from an assault regardless of their age, weight or fitness level.

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Anthony Cuoco

Nickname “Saifa” – Meaning in Japanese “Maximum Destruction”
Sensei - Head Instructor – Co-Owner
• 3rd Degree Black Belt in Kyokushin Karate
• 5th Degree Black Belt in American Vadha Kempo
• Certified FAST Defense Instructor
• Current Student of Tactical Combat & Weapons Training


Anthony has spent most of his lifetime in the Martial Arts. He started training in his late teens in Praying Mantis Kung Fu in Chinatown NYC. He then joined American Vahda Kempo and advanced throughout the years to become a Sensei - 5th Degree Black Belt.

After moving to NJ he joined Phoenix Kyokushin Karate and advanced to the rare rank of Sensei – Third Degree Black Belt. Through the Phoenix dojo he discovered FAST Defense. After participating in the seminars he became an avid follower and student. He put on the protective suit and trained to be a Bullet Man and certified instructor in FAST Defense, FAST Weapons Defense, and FAST Ground Defense.

This past year Anthony is continuing to evolve and add to his craft. He is a currently a student of Self Defense and Weapons Tactical Combat Training.

Aside from the martial arts Anthony is a father of two young adults and this year became a proud new father of a pup named Leonidas.
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Denise Dettro

Sempai - Instructor – Co-Owner
• 1st Degree Black Belt in Kyokushin Karate
• Certified FAST Defense Instructor


Denise started her training in both Mixed Martial Arts and Kyokushin Karate. Martial arts quickly became a huge part of her life. She earned her Shodan - 1st degree black belt in Kyokushin. During this time she was introduced to FAST Defense. After participating in all of the FAST seminars. Denise became an avid follower and student. She travelled to Boston to complete her certification as a coach and instructor for FAST Defense and FAST Kids Anti-Bullying. Reality Self Defense is her true passion.

Aside from the martial arts Denise is a runner, a mother of two little boys, a graphic designer and a fitness enthusiast.