About Sempai Shelly Blanco...

Sempai Shelly Blanco began practicing Martial Arts after having been brutally attacked in her apartment. She learned self defense as a tool to alleviate the fear that she carried with her on a daily basis as a result of that horrible night. Shelly began practicing under Sensei Joseph Hurtsellers’ school in the late 1980’s and began to specialize in self defense techniques and instruction.

Ms. Blanco quickly discovered that physical skills were never enough. She actively began to study the internal aspect of the art; learning to discipline her mind through meditation. As a result of her deeper practice Shelly became more effective in other areas of her life — even off the mats.
Now Ms. Blanco is a co-owner of the Ohio Martial Arts Center located in The Shops at Fallen Timbers in Maumee. She works side by side with Sensei Hurtsellers to empower those students who come to the dojo looking to improve their lives through the practice of the Martial Arts.

Sempai Shelly off the mats:

In addition to her efforts both on the mats and behind the scene of our dojo; Sempai Shelly Blanco is also a high honors graduate of Mercy College and a licensed R.N. She has worked at Toledo Hospital in the ER, has become a wound care expert, and today works in labor and delivery at St. Luke’s Hospital. She is also the owner of "Shelly's Bar and Grill" located inside Shadow Valley Tennis and Fitness.

Sempai Shelly Blanco has taught many self-defense clinics for a variety of groups, organizations, clubs and companies – The United Auto Workers, NFO,  Holland Free Methodist Church, Reynolds Rd. Animal Hospital, The Girl Scouts of America, Bethany House, Toledo Clinic, Curves for Women, Dana, The Anderson’s and many others. Additionally, she has taught children’s “STRANGER DANGER” seminars for local schools including Holland Elementary and Springfield High School and events held at Fallen Timbers Mall. Shelly has been featured on every local network dozens of times.

You can get information about Shelly’s adult Self Defense clinics here.

Because of Sempai Blanco's extensive background and life experience she has become the local expert regarding self-defense for children as well as adults.

Below are a few videos from some of her child safety events.


Below is a video reviewing the material she covers and a video highlighting some of the material she covers in her family events.