Zachary R. Pugh is the founder, owner and Head Instructor of Pugh Self-Protection & Combatives. He started the company after numerous requests to have official training opportunities and course offerings, other than just the “word of mouth” trainings and courses that he was conducting.
Zachary is currently a police officer within NY State and has been studying and teaching Behavioral Self-Protection and Combatives for over 10 years. He started his studies of self-protection and combatives at age 13 at Brooks Karate School, studying American Goju, where he earned his 1st Degree Black Belt. While studying at Brooks Karate School, Zachary was introduced to Behavioral Self-Protection & Combatives where he attended numerous courses and earned numerous instructor certifications related to such. Today, Zachary’s main area of study is with the Functional Edge System, which is the foundation of all the skills, drills and concepts for the courses that Pugh Self-Protection & Combatives has to offer.
Zachary has extensive experience teaching civilians, law enforcement and military personnel, all of various ages and levels of experience.