Marsha began her martial arts training in 1988 in a women’s self defense class at the age of 19.
She continued her training in jiu jitsu at Goshinkan Dojo in Bellmore, NY under Shihan Jeff Lovering where she achieved the rank of shodan, 1st degree black belt in 1999. While training in the martial arts she taught the children’s classes for many years. Sensei Marsha studied Communications Arts at NYIT in Westbury, NY and received her Bachelor’s Degree in 1989. She continued her education at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY earning her Master of Social Work Degree and is a Clinical Social Worker. She has worked at Catholic Charities/Brooklyn & Queens for nine years where she provided services to families in Glendale, NY.
Marsha is a licensed clinical social worker for On-Site Psychological Services, P.C. where she provides clinical services to individuals at Assisted Living and Residential Settings. Sensei Marsha is a dedicated, compassionate person who has first hand knowledge of working with individuals of all abilities.
In 2012 while at CMA, a recreation program was developed and Marsha identified a need for a self defense class upon researching and learning that according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics in 2012 and estimated 1.3 million non fatal violent crimes occurred against persons with disabilities. The age adjusted rate of serious violent crime against persons with disabilities was nearly four times higher than for persons without disabilities. Armed with this information she hit the ground running and developed the S.A.F.E PROGRAM, which she calls Special Action For Escape, teaching how to fight back with a reflex of action instead of a reflex of fear. She created, developed and service marked the personal safety program for individuals of all abilities.
Marsha continues her training and is presently studying kenpo at The American Black Belt Academy in Massapequa, NY. She is married and has one son with autism.