Keeping Up the Community’s Health and Safety

Get fit and defend yourself with John Hallet’s Rocky Mountain Self Defense and Fitness classes.

Just within our small Castle Rock city lines, our community is still sometimes faced with physical challenges, dangers, and everyday worries that might remain in our minds in a state of fear. While we can do our best to set house alarms or have top-of-the-line security systems, the final defense tactic we should all be able to count on is ourselves—our strength and defense knowledge for any what-if scenario. Castle Rock’s own martial arts, Krav Maga, and self-defense professional, John Hallet, saw that our community needed just that—self-defense—and so he started his own gym, Rocky Mountain Self Defense and Fitness.

John Hallet has been training in fitness and self-defense for over 30 years. As he recalled his background, he told us, “I started training in traditional martial arts (Taekwondo and Hapkido) on Nantucket Island in 1992 and earned the rank of second-degree black belt in Taekwondo. I was then looking for something more realistic and self-defense based, and I found Krav Maga in 2002. I've been training in Krav Maga for the last 21 years and have earned the rank of fourth-degree black belt. I'm also a level two instructor under Todd Fossey in the Integrative Defense Strategies, which is firearms training for the armed citizen defender.” Hallet became a kettlebell instructor around 2004 and found CrossFit back in 2008, becoming a level two coach. With all this experience combined, Hallet now uses his own fitness program at Rocky Mountain Self Defense and Fitness called ProjectFit.

Hallet adds, “My passion for coaching was inspired by my high school football coaches. I first wanted to become a high school football coach, but on the way I found martial arts and began coaching kids and adults, and I never looked back. I love seeing people grow and gain confidence in themselves.”

In 2005, John Hallet moved to Castle Rock and opened Rocky Mountain Self Defense and Fitness that December. Since then, the gym continually looks for more members, hoping to reach the whole community. Hallet says, “We continue to grow and survive in Castle Rock by offering a supportive community that is open to helping everyone achieve their self-defense or fitness goals. We offer classes for kids three and a half years old and up, and or oldest adult member is 85 years old, so we have a diverse client base.” Both John Hallet and Jenny Jaeger-Hallet train and coach their client base in what they call “real life training,” which is a no-rules approach to self-defense.

Even with such a diverse client base, Rocky Mountain Self Defense and Fitness still focuses on being a small-town gym with classes that are not overcrowded. By doing this, members can receive plenty of help from instructors and coaches to reach their goals. “The number one thing our members say—from the parents of our youth members to our adults—is how confident they feel about themselves,” Hallet comments. “From knowing how to protect themself to dropping 20 pounds, they all feel better about themselves.”

When it comes to such a loving and caring community, John Hallet feels like he is giving back to the community by doing something that has real meaning. “Twenty years ago, I was a contractor and building a house was satisfying, but helping people build a strong mind and a strong body has much deeper value to me,” Hallet shares. “When people are in shape and know how to defend both themselves and their families, we have a healthier, safer community.”

Just one day at Rocky Mountain Self Defense and Fitness for John Hallet shows his passion for his work. Bright and early, he starts with a cold plunge at 4:30am to start the day off right, then he does firearms training with a Sirt Laser training pistol and does a ProjectFit class. Next up is Krav Maga coaching and then working with a wrestling coach and working on grappling for concealed carry algorithm. Finally, he has his coffee and continues the rest of the day coaching ProjectFit, a Peaceful Warrior Project Class, Krav Maga, and a Citizen Defender Class. All of this is mixed with his own office work from advertising to contacting leads.

John Hallet’s favorite part of the day is getting to coach classes and help people build themselves up. From Krav Maga classes, self-defense training, IDS citizen defender classes, and fitness courses, there are plenty of options to choose from. To learn more, visit the Rocky Mountain Self Defense and Fitness website,, and schedule a $1.00 trial class to see if this could be a good fit.

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