Team

We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.

Sensei Mitchell Pennell

Founder & Head Instructor

A victim of childhood bullying and physical assault in his late teens, Mitchell turned to martial arts to help himself heal and become empowered.

After achieving his Black Belt in Xin-Tao Karate in 2013; Sensei wanted to take what he’d learn and focus it on empowerment and self defense.

Since our founding in 2014; Sensei has achieved a 1st degree black belt in Olympic Tae Kwon Do; and also trained in Wing Chun, Krav Maga, Shotokan Karate, and Escrima. Adding the best of these styles to his own.

as of 2019 Sensei has started to work towards his 2nd degree black belt in Olympic Tae Kwon Do.

Email me: senseimitch@gmail.com

Jack deWaalMiller

Marketing assistant; Student Leadership and assistant instructor (in training)

A long time friend of Mitchell’s, Jack exemplifies the drive to be his best self through martial arts training. As of the writing of this at the end of 2020; Jack is working towards his level 2 certification.


His job responsibilities include calling and scheduling trial students, reaching out to organizations for self defense seminars, and helping Sensei Mitchell with warm ups, technique demonstration, etc.


Want to work with us?

Currently looking for 1 position

1. LITTLE DRAGON ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR : This position works along side Sensei Mitchell in instructing the little dragon curriculum for age appropriate students.

Must be good with children and familiar with modalities that allow students as young as 5 be successful in the program.

Payment is in percentage of donations for the specific students you teach. (60% to you; 20% to marketing assistant for their assistance growing the program; and 20% to Sensei Mitchell as owner/creator of the programs taught at MPMA Self Defense.)

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