Artemis Self-Defense

Artemis Self-Defense

Meet Julie



California University of PA:   Bachelor of Science degree in Sport management with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology.

Rio Salado College:  Associate degree in Law Enforcement Technology.


  • Crew Member Self-Defense Instructor: Federal Air Marshal Service
  • 2 time member of the United States National Tae-Kwon-Do Team
  • Black Belt in Tae-Kwon-Do and American Karate
  • Retired Police Officer, 20 years of service
  • Police Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • Police Impact Weapons Instructor
  • Confrontational Simulation Instructor
  • Certified Taser Instructor
  • Certified Subject Matter Expert, State of Arizona: Physical Fitness
  • Police Firearms Instructor
  • Trained Hostage Negotiator: FBI
  • Founder: Artemis Self-Defense
  • Certified Personal Trainer: National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • Police Defensive Tactics Instructor of the Year: International Circle of Masters
  • Adjunct Faculty Member: Rio Salado College
  • Certified De-Escalation Instructor: Force Science Institute
  • Board Member: National Emergency Responders Assistance Program


I grew up in Ohio and was the youngest of three girls.   I began training in martial arts at the age of 5; however I kept falling asleep during class.  At the age of 13, my parents told me that if I could pay for my own Tae-Kwon-Do lessons, they would take me.  I subsequently sold my mini-bike and bailed hay with the Amish men down the street (earning a whopping $1/hr.) and I paid for my lessons.

I currently reside in Phoenix, Arizona and am a retired Police Officer.  I have  also lived in Atlanta and Chicago.  Through international sports competition and leisure, I have been fortunate to travel to a number of different countries.  I am happiest when I am eating great food, traveling, teaching or spending time with my family (including my 2 dogs) and friends.

Like everyone else, I have had my ups and downs but overall, I have had a great life.  I have had some of the best teachers and coaches in the world and I have met some of the most amazing people along the way.  Through years of training and experience as a Martial Artist, a Police Officer and a Police Defensive Tactics Instructor, I have learned to deal effectively with aggressive behavior and I want to share what I have learned with you!  In order to do this, I founded Artemis Self-Defense: a program committed to preventing violence by empowering others through tactical solutions for understanding, preventing and defending against aggressive behavior.