Bob Trotter's Biography

Born in Chicago, Illinois Robert “Bob” Trotter is a lifelong and passionate student of martial arts including Tae Kwon Do (Black belt), Wing Chun Kung Fu (Instructor), Shidokan Karate, Judo, Kali, Muay Thai, Western boxing, Krav Maga, and is highly knowledgeable on state of the art general fitness. At the young age of thirteen, Bob recognized that martial arts is central to his sense of wellbeing, health, and a balanced, flexible approach to life and how to live it.

In addition to being a highly decorated member of the gang unit in the Chicago Police Department Organized Crime Division, Bob is expertly trained in terrorism preparedness, school/business active shooter response tactics, medic first aid, and has been certified as an MMA strength and conditioning coach, woman’s self defense instructor, and Krav Maga law enforcement, as well as a civilian instructor.

A true outdoorsman, Bob enjoys spending time running, scuba diving, swimming, hiking, kayaking, and playing many rounds of basketball with his young  son.

His enthusiasm for exploration has taken Bob to such places as Alaska, Thailand, Roatan, Dominican Republic, Canada, Mexico, and many parts of  Europe.

Worldly experience, continual learning, and personalized care are just a few of the things that make Bob a compassionate and capable fitness and self-defence mentor.

Bob’s quest for personal health coupled with practical self defense methodology has taken him across the United States to attend the most cutting edge seminars and training available because he knows good educators are lifelong learners. Versatility and accessibility are central themes of Bob’s approach to wellness and self defense. Bob wants people to feel inspired, so please contact him whenever you are ready for a life changing  journey!

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Bob's educational philosophy

Your goals of a better life are attainable. Whatever your personal needs might be in terms of fitness, self defense, or just an over all sense of being, it is all within your reach.

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Custom tailored self-defense seminars for individuals or groups including but not limited to:

  • General awareness
  • Criminal mind-set
  • Self defense for runners
  • Weapons defenses
  • Combat fitness
  • Women’s self defense
  • Family self defense
  • General tactics against vicious animals
  • Weight loss
  • Functional fitness
  • High intensity interval training

We also specialize in seminars on Defensive tactics against active shooters for individuals, businesses, and school faculties.


Bob Trotter's services are offered at two locations, Roger's Park or Krav Maga Illinois in Highland Park. Private and limited semi-private (2 people max) classes are offered at our Rogers Park location while training seminars as well as private classes are offered at the Highland Park location. Private and semi-private seminars can be arranged at the Roger's Park location on request. In-home private instruction is also available for a negotiated fee.

Ask about discounts for LEO, military, first responders, and school teachers.