Pete Jensen began his Systema studies in 2007 under Alan Carregal and earned his formal current rank of Instructor in 2010 under Kevin Secours and the International Combat Systema Association (ICSA). His martial arts experience includes: 5 years of collegiate boxing (1993 US Naval Academy Brigade Champion), US Army combatives (Level I instructor), gi and no-gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Chinese internal arts (Tai Chi Quan, Ba Gua Zhang, and Hsing-I Quan), and Aikido, where he achieved the rank of sandan (3rd degree black belt) under the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba, as a student of George Meyer (5th dan) and John Messores (7th dan). Additionally, Pete has over 10 years of yoga training and completed the Kripalu 200-hour Yoga Teacher training.
Several elements of his professional experience serve his approach as an instructor. Pete has several combat deployments to SouthEast Asia as a US Army Special Forces officer, as well as serving as the director of the US Military Academy Center for Enhanced Performance, where he became a Certified Consultant – Association for Applied Sport Psychology (CC-AASP) through mental skills training with West Point Cadets. He earned his Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in kinesiology with a specialization in sport psychology and motor behavior at the University of Tennessee. His dissertation examined the mental performance aspects of military veterans in recounting their experience of hand-to-hand combat and he has continued to research and publish peer-reviewed academic journal articles on hand-to-hand combat and combat sports (you can find links to his articles on ResearchGate). Pete has also written articles for the Integrated Fighting Systems Weblog.
Pete is the instructor for all Systema classes and courses offered at the Aikido Chuseikan of Tampa Bay Dojo, and is Chief Instructor of Combat Systema Tampa. Pete employs a growth-mindset educational approach to his instruction, which fosters a practice environment that allows every student to make their own personal improvements in every class through deliberate practice. Students develop their self-awareness, control, and take ownership of training.