Fight or Flight Academy Staff
Owners
Chad Zwadlo

Chad Zwadlo

Owner | Head Instructor

Chad Zwadlo has been training parkour since the summer of 2002. Before that he trained up to the level of 2nd degree black belt in American Freestyle Karate. He has also had extensive training in various weapons as well as movie stunts. He taught karate in Wisconsin for 5 years before moving to Minnesota to run a very successful freerunning program at a gymnastics school for 3 years and help found the Minnesota Parkour (MNPK) community. Currently, he is one of the owners and head instructors of Fight or Flight Academy and coordinator/member of the Tribe professional parkour team. To follow more of Chad Zwadlo, be sure to check out the links at the bottom of the page.

Fay 'Erin' Petersen

Fay 'Erin' Petersen

Office Manager | Web Developer | CFO

Fay has been managing businesses since the summer of 2005. She has been an Assistant manager at Kmart, Pizza Hut, and Arby’s, and has also worked for the internet company Big Dot Of Happiness. She has experience in American Freestyle Karate, Parkour, and enjoys getting lost in nature . In Fay's free time she enjoys reading, playing violin and guitar, and playing video games.

Kim DeRider

Kim DeRider

Owner | Head Instructor

Kim DeRider has been training Parkour since the winter of 2012, and has been apprenticing under Chad Zwadlo to step into the role of owner and head instructor of Fight or Flight Academy since spring of 2015. Before that he trained in many styles of martial arts including Jiu-Jitsu, Aikido, Kong Su and Kom Do. He enjoys online video games such as World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, and Diablo III.

Instructors
Holden Hagerman

Holden Hagerman

Instructor

Holden has been training parkour and freerunning since 2011. Despite injuries and other setbacks over the years, parkour has still remained his biggest passion. In the gym you can probably find him doing some 'stupid' strides or bar swinging. Need a challenge? Find Holden! Outside of the gym, you can find Holden enjoying music on every level, doing something in the woods or waiting tables in Minneapolis.

Cameron Jacobwith

Cameron Jacobwith

Instructor

Cameron Jacobwith has been training parkour/freerunning since the fall of 2007. His passion for parkour grew from his love of movement and physical discipline. This lead him to informally train in a myriad of outdoor spaces and gymnastic facilities, which ultimately lead to more formal training and teaching in the following years. He is now successfully running a parkour/freerunning program at a gymnastics facility in Minnesota, as well as instructing at Fight or Flight Academy. Outside of parkour, Cameron pursues his interests in martial arts, music, and design.

Sam Steinkamp

Sam Steinkamp

Instructor

Sam has been training parkour/freerunning since the summer of 2010, beginning as a student under the instruction of Chad at Gleason’s Gymnastics School. He is one of the founding members of the BadPk parkour team, has competed in multiple competitions, and has performed in shows across the country. Sam began assisting in class instruction in the fall of 2014 and has been a full-fledged instructor since the spring of 2015. He is currently enrolled in the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota and is pursuing a degree in Computer Science

Jeff 'Jeffy' Priesmeyer

Jeff 'Jeffy' Priesmeyer

Weight Lifting Instructor

Jeff ``Jeffy`` Priesmeyer has been training Parkour and Freerunning since the spring of 2014. He has spent most of his life in the music arts with over 12 years of classical piano training, 10 years of marching band and drumline performances, contemporary percussion music performances, and earning a degree in music education. He has a background in Taekwondo, earning a 1st Degree black belt at age 14. Currently, he helps run the Twin Cities Parkour training and jam sessions, and teaches evening weight lifting classes at Fight or Flight Academy. In his spare time, he enjoys playing Magic the Gathering, writing, photography, and training Freerunning flow movement.

Elija Kneringer

Elija Kneringer

Instructor

Eli has been training parkour and freerunning since February of 2013 and weightlifting since 2015. He is currently a parkour and weight training coach at Fight or Flight Academy. Outside of the gym Eli is going to school to seek a degree in nutrition. He likes to spend his free time playing video games. Eli is originally from Austria and speaks both English and German fluently.

Bond Becher

Bond Becher

Sword Instructor

Bond Becher has been training in Martial Arts since 1998. He holds a 2nd degree black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do, is well versed in the use and history of over a dozen close combat weapons, and has over 4 years of professional Martial Arts instruction experience. His sword style, Ten-mon Tsuka Ryu, is the product of 14 years of continuous practical training, historical and intellectual study on the subject, as well as over 500 sparring matches. Bond has also been training in Parkour and Freerunning at Fight or Flight Academy since it opened in 2011.

Cutler Steidel

Cutler Steidel

Administrative Assistant

Leon Chambers III|Mike Ramsden|Paula Meyers|Ron Wiles

Leon Chambers III|Mike Ramsden|Paula Meyers|Ron Wiles

Krav Maga Instructors

Krav Maga is an Israeli system of self-defense and tactics. It is not a sport but instead gears its students to face situations with multiple, armed attackers. We build on basic skill sets and train under “controlled stress” environments to simulate real life situations. Krav Maga was developed for special forces, but is the best self-defense system for civilians, women, and children. Come check us out! For more information visit http://www.kravmaga101.us/home.html or questions call us at (952) 847-3332