20150215_forgefitness_031-editSo who is Chris Denison? I was born in 1989. I’m 5’9”, 195 pounds. I am constantly working to improve myself, both physically and mentally, so I can, to the best of my ability, serve my family, my friends, and my clients.

After graduating high school, I didn’t go to college. I knew of so many kids going off to college, switching majors as often as they changed their clothes, and wasting their parent’s money. Since I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, I decided not to jump into the “higher education” money pit. It just wasn’t for me.

Instead, I went into business for myself, opening a janitorial company, which I owned and operated for six years. It was a great learning experience, but I grew weary of cleaning toilets. So, I decided to give college a try. I was determined to fund my education from my own pocket, without accruing any debt. But, as expected, school proved to be too expensive.

After trying the college route, I transitioned from one job to another, trying to find my way, my niche, my calling. Time and time again, I my thoughts brought me back to starting my own business, to serving others while being my own boss. Through success and failure, good times and hard times, I wanted the buck to stop with me. I wanted to build something from the ground up—something that would allow me to serve others.

I’ve been involved in martial arts since 2009. I’ve practiced the disciplined arts of karate, judo, jujitsu, and Krav Maga. For me, Martial arts is much more than a hobby. It’s a passion.

Last year, a friend of mine came to me asking for help regarding self-defense. One of the bus stops on his daily route to work is in a tough part of town. It makes him a little nervous and he’s concerned for his personal safety. Wanting to help my friend, I taught him some basic defensive tactics. By the time we finished training together, he had more confidence and a positive outlook. He realized he didn’t need to be an aggressor to avoid becoming a victim.

So, after having this great experience with my friend, I started thinking of making teaching martial arts, defensive tactics, and firearms handling a career. I acted as an assistant instructor to my Krav Maga teacher for about two years, which boosted my confidence as not only a practitioner of these disciplines, but as a trainer, too.

The result of years of hard work and reaching for my goals of bettering myself and helping others do the same: Forge Fitness.

I love getting to meet new people every day and helping them to improve their lives. I learn from every interaction and improve my teaching techniques, giving each student the best training experience I can. At Forge Fitness, I’m giving people confidence—providing them with the physical fitness to go through their day holding their heads high. I’m also giving people confidence by teaching them how to keep their heads on a swivel, so to speak, without living in fear, as they navigate a world that grows more dangerous by the day.

Enough about me. Now, let me help you write your story. I hope you will give me the honor and privilege of serving you, at Forge Fitness.