DONNY PICKARD & ERIN HAINES
Salvos is the brainchild of Co-Founder Donny Pickard. In his past life, Donny was a police patrol sergeant, tactical team operator and held several instructor certifications. Realizing he needed more training to be better equipped to handle the physical confrontations inherent to police work, he began his martial arts journey in 1997. This led to a short stint as an amateur Vale Tudo (now commonly called MMA) cage fighter. During this time, a passion was developed for coaching and teaching others. He's currently an Impact Jiu Jitsu purple belt and coached at the Impact Jiu Jitsu affiliates in The Dalles and Hood River for over 6 years. In addition to jiu jitsu, Donny has experience in western boxing and Muay Thai kickboxing and is a current Krav Maga student working toward his Instructor Certification. He is an NRA certified Pistol Instructor as well with a lifetime of experience with most types of firearms. All of this gives Donny a unique set of skills and breadth of knowledge to pass on to others. Ever the student, he’s constantly striving to improve his ability to do as well as to teach.
Erin Haines is a NCCPT Certified Personal Trainer and Co-founder of Salvos. A BJJ and Krav Maga student, a coach and a advocate for "offense is the best defense", one could say she is passionate about the balance of mind and body in the game of survival. Erin earned her BJJ blue belt while training in New Orleans from Professor John "Rusty" Roper. Rusty, having earned his black belt from Helio Gracie, ran a program with strict attention to the 36 Gracie Combatives. She is an advocate for every jiu jitsu player knowing these fundamentals. Erin trains with Impact Jiu Jitsu, headquartered in Beaverton, OR where she was awarded her purple belt in 2018. Certification as a personal trainer was an evolution born from the desire to make her knowledge of fitness available to people standard gyms or trainers were not able to help. Diabetic populations, people recovering from injuries and just released from their doctors' care and those people who simply did not "fit in" at a big box gym.
When they aren't learning and teaching how to do bad things to bad people, you can find them enjoying the outdoors by hiking, camping, fishing and hunting. They also make time to spend with family, friends and their dog.
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