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Chapter 3

Jordan Giarratano, Sensei

Sensei is an honorific that translates as ‘born before,’ commonly used as a title for karate instructors, it’s a phrase that reminds me that I am one link in a chain. It helps me to stay grounded in my intentions: to enter the dojo with humility, to remember that I am always learning, and to pay forward the gifts of attention, training, and knowledge I received from my teachers.”

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Jordan Giarratano, Sensei

Sensei is an honorific that translates as ‘born before,’ commonly used as a title for karate instructors, it’s a phrase that reminds me that I am one link in a chain. It helps me to stay grounded in my intentions: to enter the dojo with humility, to remember that I am always learning, and to pay forward the gifts of attention, training, and knowledge I received from my teachers.”

Bona fides

  • Certified Master Instructor, Fighting Chance Self-Defense Association; Master Leonard Galli, 2017
  • Certified Introductory Instructor; Iain Abernethy, 2016
  • Certified Personal Trainer, NASM, 2012
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt, Karate
  • Training Since 1994: Karate, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Submission Grappling, and Self-Defense

Jordan brings an open heart and two decades of martial arts experience to his practice. A consummate teacher, he integrates a variety of disciplines into a singular, holistic approach to personal empowerment through martial arts.


Age sixteen, after my black test with my mentor and teacher Len Galli, the founder of the Fighting Chance Self-Defense Association.

Karate Opened the Door

As a teenager, karate and art saved my life. They helped to transform the anger, pain, and sadness I felt after my parents divorce into personal growth. I was a sensitive kid, not at all athletic, and I was bullied. Karate gave me access to my body. To my own power.

Karate gave me self-esteem; I could get good at those things that were within my grasp first. As I kept training, my confidence grew and it changed my life. The bullying stopped. At 15, I became an assistant instructor, and soon I found my voice. The quietest kid in school suddenly had friends, spoke up in class, had a social life.

Karate opened the door to opportunity. The growth mindset I cultivated in the dojo fueled my obsession with books and writing. My accomplishments in the dojo translated to an unshakable belief that I could be successful as an artist and a small business owner.

We walk our own path, but we are shaped and supported by our communities. I continue to train with dojo owners throughout the country, internationally-recognized experts like Iain Abernethy, and with my own instructor, Leonard Galli, who granted me permission to carry on the Fighting Chance name in 2011.

Safety is a core value for me. When people feel strong, safe, and supported they are able to contribute their gifts to the community and change the world. My self-defense practice now includes mindfulness, compassionate listening, and nonviolent communication, expanding into strategies to dissolve toxic masculinity and rape culture.

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We adapt our teaching to you. To what you need. We all have different ways of learning. We all have different body types. We will never leave you feeling inadequate or unsupported. When you train with us, you will be seen and heard. Our curriculum is systematic and organized, so we always know what comes next. Which means we can meet you where you are to help you progress to the next level. Join us!

ADULT CLASSES
Find yourself; access your power; and have fun punching and kicking stuff on your martial arts journey.
Teen Classes
Get strong, defend yourself, and learn the warrior skills you'll need for the adventure of your life.
ADULT CLASSES
Find yourself; access your power; and have fun punching and kicking stuff on your martial arts journey.
Teen Classes
Get strong, defend yourself, and learn the warrior skills you'll need for the adventure of your life.
Self-Defense for Women
One day classes to discover your power and learn valuable life skills. Supportive, consent-based, and surprisingly fun.
Self-Defense for Men
Find strength in staying open and gain confidence navigating conflict; we examine how violence shapes men's lives in this workshop.
On-Site Company Training
Empower your employees: practical skills in boundary-setting, risk-assessment, and urban safety, adapted for workplace training.
Self-Defense for Women
One day classes to discover your power and learn valuable life skills. Supportive, consent-based, and surprisingly fun.
Self-Defense for Men
Find strength in staying open and gain confidence navigating conflict; we examine how violence shapes men's lives in this workshop.
On-Site Company Training
Empower your employees: practical skills in boundary-setting, risk-assessment, and urban safety, adapted for workplace training.