MEET THE ESCAPE ALIVE® TEAM
The Escape Alive program is made up of a professional team of instructors and presenters
We couldn’t do it alone…
The Escape Alive Survival Skills® program is presented by a team of experienced instructors and presenters with backgrounds in martial arts, self defense, and law enforcement. They train regularly to hone their own abilities, as well as their instructional skill set. The program is enhanced by real-life survivor stories from the Jane Doe No More® Survivors Speak Outreach Team. The combination of instruction and experiences makes the Escape Alive program a unique, eye-opening experience. Click on a picture below to learn more about our team.
Drew Serrano is the creator of Escape Alive Survival Skills, a Grand Master in American-Filipino Kun Tao and in the Kar-Do-Jitsu Ryu Karate Federation. Drew and his wife Daniele are the owners of East Coast Training Systems LLC, which provides a variety of training in Martial Arts, Fitness, and Self Defense. Drew has over 40 years experience in the Martial Arts and Self Defense. Together with Daniele and the Escape Alive Team he has empowered thousands of people!
Daniele Serrano is the co-creator of Escape Alive Survival Skills, a 3rd degree Black Belt in American-Filipino Kun Tao, and a 3rd degree Black Belt in the Kar-Do-Jitsu Ryu Karate Federation. Daniele and Drew are the owners of East Coast Training Systems LLC, which provides a variety of training in Martial Arts, Fitness, and Self Defense. Daniele has over 25 years experience in the Martial Arts and Self Defense. Together with Drew and the Escape Alive Team she has empowered thousands of people!
Tracy is the person who originally connected Drew and Daniele to Jane Doe No More back in 2009. After taking an Escape Alive class that she organized she became a regular student of Drew and Daniele's, and continues her training in the Martial Arts to this day. She is also a survivor of sexual assault herself and a Survivors Speak Outreach Team member for JDNM. Tracy is one of the lead instructors for Escape Alive and passionately shares her experience and knowledge.
Brittney is not only an instructor for Escape Alive, but she was the originator of Jane Doe No More's R.A.P.E Outreach Team (now Survivors Speak). She started training in American-Filipino Kun Tao in 2011 under Drew and Daniele and has become an important part of East Coast Training Systems. She continues to train weekly and has competed in Martial Arts Breaking. By day she is a Social Worker for the State of CT, Don't let her small stature deceive you!
Lisa is an incredible example of perseverance and commitment. She started her journey in self defense as an Escape Alive participant in 2013 and became a student of American Filipino Kun Tao in February of 2014. Her knowledge, patience, and always smiling face makes her a great asset to the EA team.
Daniel is a 3rd degree Black Belt in American-Filipino Kun Tao and an instructor for East Coast Training Systems. His Martial Arts career started with Drew in 1997. He later studied multiple other styles of Martial Arts and rejoined Drew and Daniele in 2012. He has since become an important part of the Escape Alive program and brings his knowledge of criminals he deals with on a daily basis through his career as a CT Correctional Officer. A World Champion breaker, he has palms of iron!
Sean is a 4th degree Black Belt in American-Filipino Kun Tao and one of the Lead Instructors for the Escape Alive program. As a junior competitor he traveled across the US competing and winning World and National self defense and breaking competitions. As an adult he has won multiple World Championships. He is a Physical Education teacher and runs an after school Martial Arts program for inner city youth. He has his father's genes as you will notice when you look up!
Bob is a 4th degree Black Belt in American-Filipino Kun Tao and one of the Lead Instructors for the Escape Alive program. He has trained and competed at some of the top events in the US. A giant with a big heart.
Kelly is a 3rd degree Black Belt in American-Filipino Kun Tao and a Main Instructor for the Escape Alive program. She started her training at a young age and has never looked back. She has competed in everything from self-defense to breaking to fighting. One of the few women in the World to compete against men at the World Breaking Championships and one of only 3 to break 7 concrete patio blocks with one elbow strike. She is an Attorney and owner of Sweet Claude's in Cheshire, CT.
Steve started his training in American Filipino Kun Tao in 2010. He is now an assistant instructor. He has been a regular instructor at Escape Alive classes. Outside of self defense Steve is a Phys Ed teacher and a marathon runner. He is definitely hard to catch!
Renee is a retired Waterbury Police Officer and a current Prospect Police Officer. Her work with the police department has been varied, but included special victims units. She started training in American Filipino Kun Tao in 2012. She is also an avid body builder having competed in a number of competitions. She is one solid lady!
Clinton is a 6th degree Master Black Belt in American Filipino Kun Tao. He is an Elite World Champion Breaker having been featured on ESPN2 and Discovery Channel. He has been part of the Escape Alive program since 2009 and has helped train thousands of men and women. He has some of the hardest shin bones in the world!
Azaleah is a 3rd degree Black Belt in American Filipino Kun Tao.She started training in 2008 after being a Martial Arts mom. She excels at self defense application and is a vault of information. She is also a managing nurse at Yale Hospital.
Mark started training in American-Filipino Kun Tao in 2012 under Drew and Daniele and continues to train on a regular basis. He is a US Marine Veteran and served overseas in Japan. He is also a Pro Power Lifter and strong as an ox!
Ines started in American Filipino Kun Tao in January of 2017 and became involved with the Escape Alive program late 2018. She has become a great instructor and continues to grow in her own abilities.
Omer started training in American-Filipino Kun Tao in 2008 under Drew and Daniele. He has since become an important part of East Coast Training Systems and it's programs. He continues his training in AFKT and is working toward his Black Belt. By day he is an Mechanical Engineer. During Escape Alive classes he loves to be the mock attacker who is practiced on in the final part of the class...or maybe not.