Dave Nicchitta has been training in the martial arts since 1999 . Dave trains members in multiple disciplines including Shin Gi Tai Jujitsu, Combative Self Defense, Muay Thai, Traditional Boxing, Grappling, and risk assessment. Dave has personally trained with Tim Larkin, the founder of Target- Focus Training who has provided hand-to-hand and weapon instruction to the most elite members of various military, law enforcement, and corporate special operations/security units. Dave has received training from Parker Maurer, owner of Maurer Personal Safety Strategies which specializes in Personal threat management/risk aversion and unarmed physical protective measures; John Ingallina who is the Chief Instructor at the United Martial Arts Center in Brighton and who has over 27 years of experience in martial arts covering multiple disciplines; and, John Saylor, the founder of Shingi Tai Jujitsu and former coach of the U.S. National Training Squad at the Olympic Training Center. Dave has also attended several introductory classes in Kapap, an Israeli fighting system, instructed by Avi Nardia as well as introductory classes in SYSTEMA, a Russian Martial Art. Training includes: hand to hand combat, grappling, and knife fighting.
Since 2004, Dave has been involved in the instruction of women’s self defense and rape prevention classes and has instructed women from all walks of life including students at Mercy High School, Spencerport High School and St. John Fisher College.
Dave has received extensive law enforcement training in both armed and unarmed combat. While attending the police academy, Dave’s martial arts skill helped earn him the Instructor’s Award for Defensive Tactics which is awarded for high academic achievement, outstanding classroom performance and an unfailing display of the “Fighting Spirit”.
Dave has previously provided personal security for the Monroe County Executive and has worked as a member of the Airport Security Unit. Dave has also been involved with public and private security details to ensure the safety of several high profile individuals. He worked closely with secret service agents on Rev. Franklin Graham’s advance security team during his recent visit to Rochester, and most recently, was part of Abby Wambach’s personal security team during her recent Team USA women’s soccer team visit to Rochester.
Dave’s extensive training back ground and experience make him one of the most sought after practical self defense instructors in the area.
Mike Palmer has been training in the martial arts since 1998. Mike has studied multiple traditional martial arts styles including Karate, Judo, Traditional Boxing, Aikido, Wrestling, and Japanese Jujitsu. Mike has earned the rank of 2nd degree Black Belt in Hattatsu Ryu Karate and Shin Gi Tai Jujitsu.
Mike has personally trained with Tim Larkin, the founder of Target- Focus Training who has provided hand-to-hand and weapon instruction to the most elite members of various military, law enforcement, and corporate special operations/security units.
Mike instructs members in multiple disciplines including Shin Gi Tai Jujitsu, Combative Self Defense, Traditional Boxing, and Grappling. Mike has been involved in the instruction of woman’s self defense and rape prevention classes since 2004. He has instructed women of all walks of life including students from Mercy High School, Brighton High School and St. John Fisher College.
Mike has experience in both private and corporate security as well as in crisis intervention.
Scott Peters has been a Police Officer for over 20 years and currently holds the rank of Deputy Chief of Operations. Throughout his career, he has been constantly involved with all aspects of training and operations. He brings almost 16 years of active SWAT experience with him, including 3 years as the Team Commander. Scott uses real-world experience gained from his time on SWAT as well as 20+ years on the street to make training as realistic and relevant as possible.
Scott believes training should be as realistic as possible. Learning to shoot in the booth is a necessary thing but the real learning begins when you step out of it. “Training should prepare you to operate calmly and survive potentially life-threatening situations. During these high-stress situations, anything can happen. You need to be able to think through the situation and remain functional. The human body and mind can survive devastating injuries. You are never out of the fight!”
Scott’s Degrees and Certifications:
- DCJS General Topics Instructor
- DCJS Firearms Instructor
- DCJS Defensive Tactics Instructor
- Side Handle baton / Straight Baton Instructor
- Physical Fitness Instructor
- Field-Training Officer
- Police Bicycle trained Officer
- TASER Instructor
- SWAT I, II and III certified
- Western Region Director – New York Tactical Officers Association
- Provide training and coordination for all Tactical (SWAT) Teams in New York State
- Departmental Awards to include numerous Excellent Police Service awards, Chief’s Letters of Recognition and Unit Commendations
- Rape and Assault Prevention Instructor – New York State Rape and Assault Prevention Association based in Rochester, NY. Instruct women in self-defense and rape prevention techniques. Also give seminars and lectures to schools and private companies throughout Upstate New York. (1996-present).
Instructor Pam Wright has a 30 year background in teaching fitness and almost 20 years teaching the martial arts to both children and adults. Pam holds a 4th degree black belt in Karate and an advanced brown belt in Jujitsu. She brings her extensive experience to one of our newer programs, Core 4 Fitness. Core 4 Fitness is a program for teens with ASD which helps them improve their overall core strength, balance, coordination and social skills. Pam is also involved in teaching the younger kids with ASD in Jujitsu Buddies program. “I love helping children and teens explore their limits through physical fitness and games. Strike Back Martial Arts is the perfect place for that."