Master Michelle Annese

Michelle Annese, “The Diva of Defense™” is a nationally recognized self defense and safety instructor, consultant, speaker and writer. With over 25+ years experience in the martial arts, a fourth degree Black Belt Master, A Dragon Society International Certified Instructor, and an inductee into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Ms. Annese is a safety advocate teaching thousands each year in talks and seminars nationwide.

Dragon Society International and Annese Martial Arts’ sucessful children and adult programs are a direct reflection of Michelle Annese’s experience, spirit and genuine love for the martial arts and the empowerment students and members receive with DSI and AMA programs.


  • Martial Arts Training for Adult and Children,Birthday Parties, Okinawan Kempo, ToRi Te, Small Circle
  • Ju-Jitsu, Modern Arnis, Women Self Defense, Children Self Defense, Martial Arts Business Strategy and Marketing,

Ranks & Certifications:

  • 4th Degree Black Belt Master Okinawan Kempo Karate
  • Dragon Society International Certified Instructor
  • Remy Presas International Modern Arnis Federation Basic Level Instructor

Awards & Recognition:

  • World Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee
  • United Professionals ‘Woman of the Year’

Testimonials for Master Michelle Annese:
“Our time with Annese Martial Arts has been an tremendously positive experience for both me and my children. The focused and consistent instruction that Frank and Michelle bring to each class have changed nearly every aspect of our lives. My children exercise greater self-discipline and focus at home and in school and their self-confidence both inside the dojo and out is something that every parent wishes to see in their child. For me, the journey of studying Kempo for the last five years with my children has been a indescribable blessing both physically and personally. I cannot help but feel proud knowing the foundation of inner strength, control, and confidence that my children possess as they prepare for college and beyond. Thank you Annese!”

Jonathan Brumfield
Shodan, Okinawan Kempo Karate

“Frank and Michelle Annese are excellent Dragon Society International instructors to learn under. Each is an expert practitioner who are very capable of relaying practical principles and techniques to students of all levels to understand and execute.”

Jason Pace 2nd Dan Okinawan Kempo Karate

“I have been a student at Annese Martial Arts for a little over a year. In that time, Michelle and Frank have provided a wonderful experience for me. They are both excellent instructors that provide fun, interesting and intense workouts and training. I highly recommend them!”

Matt Fuller

“Michelle is an expert in her field of personal training as well as Karate Instruction. She is able to relate complex concepts and ideas in a way that anyone can understand them. She is extremely good at relating to kids and to teaching women especially how to protect themselves.”

Ed Handel Black Belt Okinawan Kempo

“Dear Michelle, Once again, we would like to thank you so much for speaking… It was such a pleasure having you here. Thank you for sharing your stories and experiences with us. We believe that bullying should not be tolerated. Your strategies for coping with bullies were very useful and applicable.
It is obvious that you love what you do; you were able to convey this in a manner that the student could understand and appreciate… So many students talked about how much they enjoyed you. Sincerely”
Anne Farmer – School Counselor – Hugh K. Cassell Elementary School

“Dear Ms Michelle, Thank you for coming to our school. I had a lot of fun today. The rest of the 5th grade enjoyed you coming here. The thing you taught us was very fun. Now I know how to defend myself besides kicking and punching. I hope to see you soon. You’re so cool. Your friend,”

Shannon B.

Dragon Society International