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.


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 VadhaKempo
  • 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 VahdaKempo and advanced 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 currently a student of Self Defense and Weapons Tactical Combat Training.


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 - a 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 traveled 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.