Reach Your Goals!

Whether you want to master self-defense techniques, lose some weight and tone up, define your muscles or simply improve your overall fitness, our coaches can help you. Our committed team will provide guidance on achieving your self-defense and fitness goals in a very professional, warm, yet results-driven environment.

Our coaches understand the challenges of juggling the many responsibilities of a career, family, health/fitness and the other demands of daily life, that adults must handle. We will accommodate your schedule and work something out just for you: the professional, young individual, stay-at-home mom, family or student, we are glad to come along side with you as you embark on the next phase of your life and to help you reach your goals.

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Grace Nkechi Okoro

Grace is an AFAA Certified Fitness instructor who specializes in Self-Defense, Strength training, and other Cardiovascular conditioning/endurance training.

Grace is a Taekwondo Black Belt, and a Les Mills Certified Body Combat instructor.

Grace is also a teacher, writer and speaker. Get more information at


The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall NOT want
He makes me to lie down in green pastures
He leads me besides the still waters…
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil. For You are with me
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me…  (Psalm 23)

Black Panthers fiercely protect their young. The mother teaches the cub how to hunt and hide from predators. Intelligence and stealth are some of the black panther’s greatest strengths; and the mom teaches the cub how to leverage these strengths to survive in the forest by hiding from predators and successfully overcoming prey.

At Black Panther Self-Defense, we offer classes for families. Mommy-and-me classes are a great way for moms and kids to bond, even as they learn the  indispensable mindset and techniques necessary for effective self-defense.

Inspired to Serve

Hello. My name is Grace Nkechi Okoro. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems and Computer Sciences from Howard University in Washington, DC. I have also taken some advanced studies courses in Business, Finance and Accounting. I am an avid reader who loves business, technology, fitness, literature, history, religion, and fashion. I am a Christian and all our teachings and coaching wisdom are based on the Bible, the life-giving, inerrant and infallible Word of God.

I am a wife and mother of four children. I am a woman in her early forties who knows what it means to battle with the changes your body goes through, from child birth to sickness and injury. I know what it means to fight your way back through a daunting challenge. I have been a working professional, a student-mom, a stay-at-home mom and an entrepreneur. Sometimes I have worn a few of those hats simultaneously. I know how to fight, to be an under dog, and to win. I understand resilience. I am very conversant with hard work, and grit and commitment, and self-discipline.

I came to the United States many years ago, with only $25.00 in my pocket. I knew NOBODY in the United States at the time. Not a soul! I was young, full of hope and dreams of a brighter future. I arrived determined to work hard; and work hard I have.

God has been very good to me and has blessed me immeasurably. I am very thankful to God and my family and friends, and to this beautiful and mighty nation that I call home.

But truth be told, it has not been a smooth sailing journey. There have been some very difficult challenges along the way, and I have learned some invaluable lessons through those trials and tribulations. I am glad to say that I have triumphed over every single one of those battles. This is a statement of faith and gratitude to God. Not one of pride.

The knowledge I gained in those trials has strengthened me and equipped me to deal with whatever life throws or will throw my way. I am grateful for each and every lesson, for every opportunity to grow and develop, and to wholeheartedly pursue the assignment that God has given me. I can do ALL things through CHRIST who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13).

I am glad to have the privilege to share some of these lessons with you, to coach and support you, so that you can obtain your own victories, too.

I am also a writer and speaker. All my teachings are based on the Bible and other real life examples in business, health, etc. For more information on this, please visit: On Facebook, you can find us at:

You can also find me on my personal Facebook page at:

I will be my joy to serve you. With love,




“There is a way. Find it”

Start by believing that there is a solution to any problem you face. Then go about finding it. Faith and Action at work!


Age is just a number. It doesn’t and shouldn’t dictate what you can and can’t do. You decide that, not the number on your birth certificate.

I know what I am talking about. I am in my early forties, and a mom of four.

The power is yours. So is the choice.

What have you decided for you? For your family? For your life?


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Believe You Can

If you will not believe in yourself, who should believe in you? If you will not believe in what you’re doing, in your work, in your goals and dreams, how do you expect the world to believe in those dreams? The world takes its cues from you. What you believe, the world believes with you- for good or ill.

If you will not believe in what you’re doing, it is almost certain that you will not succeed. You might as well not have bothered.

So start by believing. Today! Right now! And your belief is only demonstrated through the actions you take. So let me ask you: are you really living your beliefs? Is is obvious to others, the things that are important to you, the things that that you hold dear, that you believe? That question is very easy to answer!


We hope to partner with you as you embark on this great adventure of your life, a time of magnificent growth and progress. Thank you for your inquiry, and we will get back to you shortly.


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