In 2000, Susie survived a violent attack by a stranger in her home in Los Angeles. As part of her recovery, she sought martial arts training to learn self defense basics. She enrolled in Ninpo Tai Jutsu with Sensei Chad Minge at Studio City Martial Arts in the San Fernando Valley. Eight years later, she became the first woman in the history of the school to reach the rank Shodan Menkyu under her teacher’s system, and earn her instructor’s license.
Based on her martial arts training, her experiences as a violent crime survivor, and her day-to-day encounters in the real world, Susie developed Pretty Deadly Self Defense, a self defense program designed to make self defense accessible, effective and fun.
She continues to train and teach Ninjutsu, or Ninpo Tai Jutsu, while growing Pretty Deadly Self Defense into an international program and global community.
She draws on her experiences and research into trauma, PTSD, adaptive survival behaviors, cognitive behavioral theories, along with the lessons she’s learned from 20 years of martial arts training to continually enhance the Pretty Deadly Program, and share her learnings through speaking engagements, workshops and interviews.