"My goal is to equip you to avoid problems if at all possible ... or deal with them if necessary."
-John Koeshall-

EmpowerU360™ is the place where the Thru The Fire Training™ Organization, Street Smart Defender™, StableBack™ as well as diet, exercise, and lifestyle information come together to build a 360 degree empowerment environment.

 "Thru The Fire" started as a unique expression of what I have learned and am continually learning from my instructors, students and friends in the martial arts and protection fields.

What started as my quest, grew into a group of like-minded instructors, practitioners, and others who are learning, growing, and having fun together, as a team...a brotherhood.

This group now has become a larger community which focuses on empowering people to take control of their lives. 

My sincere gratitude to all who are a part of this journey us. Without each one, the process would not be nearly as complete or rewarding. It is our privilege to walk with them.

--John (and Tina) Koeshall

John Koeshall has trained and is currently training with some of the world's leading experts in martial arts, self-defense, safety, and combatives.

Drawing from over 30 years of real world and teaching experience, John quickly and effectively transfers critical skills for self-protection to his students through the use of the top technical and tactical training methods in use around the world today.

He currently has students in and travels to teach in Africa, Asia, Europe, and across North America. He has experience working with various local and national law enforcement agencies in the US, Canada, the UK, Denmark, Sweden, and other places. 

From working with airline personnel to Sr. level crisis management teams, John also works with various blue chip corporations as a seminar lecturer on travel safety, personal protection, and stress management.

Some of John's influences:

Dan Inosanto

The Patriarch:  Guro Inosanto is widely regarded as the greatest martial artist of our time.  His teaching, wisdom, relentless pursuit of knowledge, and example have inspired and awed martial artists for decades.  He is a living legend and a treasure to our community.  I am blessed to be one of those privileged enough to train in his shadow.  Thank you for all you have done, Guro.  You've allowed us to stand on the shoulders of a GIANT.     (www.inosanto.com)

Carlos Gracie Jr.

The Leader:  Master Carlos has not only led the creation of the world's largest martial arts organization, he inspires, trains, and leads world class leaders.  He teaches that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can help people live better lives.  I agree.  Thank you for the passion you show, the steadfast example you set, and the character you exhibit in life.  I am honored and blessed to be a part of the GB legacy.     (www.graciebarra.com)

Rick Faye

The Magician:  To watch Sifu Rick move and teach is truly to watch a magician practice his craft.  His skill in teaching and doing are on a level few could ever hope to achieve.  Thank you for challenging me and inspiring me to "mirror" you.  Your teaching, inspiration, and example have been a HUGE influence in my life.  You taught me to use the arts to help others become better people ... this became my whole purpose in training.  Thank you.     (www.mnkali.com)

Paul Vunak

The Evil Genius:  Sifu Paul was able to help "raise the glass ceiling."  His abilities to see and diagnose problems of technique and tactic are legendary.  Thank you for teaching me how to create "prescriptions" for myself and others, and for helping me to put a finger on "it."  Thank you for the questions answered (& raised) training in your garage.

Marcus Wynne

The Jedi:  Marcus is a man of many talents and much experience.  Those who have had the honor of sitting under his tutelage are greatly blessed.  Thank you, Marcus.  You helped upgrade and properly orientate the software so that the hardware would work.  For the knowledge, experience, and exposure, I'm ever grateful.