About

pic-aboutElite Training Center (formerly LOTAR Self-Defense) offers training locations, Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach, in the South Bay of Los Angeles, California. We are a martial arts studio focusing on self-defense and fitness. Our students include South Bay residents and others in the L.A. area, male and female, adult and youth, those with no prior self-defense experience and those experienced in martial arts. Teaching confidence while respecting others, our academy is founded on the four principals of Respect, Honor, Discipline, and Strength. Techniques include LOTAR®(Close Quarter Battle techniques) and Krav Maga (intuitive self-defense independent of strength or size), Muay Thai kickboxing, Adult Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) as sport, Youth MMA that emphasizes our founding principles, and Kali/Silat/Eskrima (Filipino open hand and stick fighting). Elite Training Center instructors are experienced in both the teaching and the application of defense techniques in actual street or combat situations. Elite Training Center is located in Redondo Beach, California, in the Los Angeles South Bay.

Our students hail from all over the Los Angeles area, but most especially from the South Bay and beach cities including Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Lawndale, Torrance, Lomita, San Pedro, Hawthorne, and Gardena.

Leadership Through Experience

Chief Instructor Brian Rauchbach has 16 years of operational experience in professional security contracting. While operating in many international theaters, Mr. Rauchbach worked with and was trained by many of the top operators from the most elite counter-terrorism units in the world. While maintaining the LOTAR, Krav Maga, kickboxing, and Mixed Martial Arts systems as its foundation, Mr. Rauchbach has also integrated the many different styles of Close Quarter Combat that he utilized during this time, adding to the effectiveness of the system.

Mr. Rauchbach understands your needs and your skill level. He’ll push you gently to reach your maximum potential, but has the experience to know that this type of training is a process that varies in time for each student. There’s a reason why his classes are so popular. It’s because his students value his expert guidance, his stunning amount of knowledge, and his ability to make learning enjoyable while never losing sight of the fact that self-defense is serious business.

Instructors with Real-World Experience

Elite Training Center instructors all have experience in real-world applications that enhance their teaching experience. They have applied their skills in international personal protection, local law enforcement, security, the Army Rangers, the U.S. Navy SEALS, and other U.S. special operations groups. Read more about our Law & Military Classes here.

Our Instructors Are Passionate About Teaching

Elite Training Center’s instructors and students represent the best of our principles. Classes are taught with patience, kindness, and empathy for the needs of both new students and experienced martial artists.

Mr. Rauchbach has developed a practical approach to self-defense with a well-grounded foundation for beginners that expands into far more sophisticated and complex skill set. Learning happens at your own pace: the more time you put in, the greater the rewards. But the modular system, day and night classes, and rotating curriculum allow you to easily fit your training into your schedule.

Visitors Are Always Welcome

We encourage you to stop by and see our classes in action. While you’re there, you may even have the opportunity to speak to instructors on-hand who are not leading a class at the time. When you’re ready, we’ll schedule a personal introductory session with just you and an instructor so you can readily slip into any of our classes. Please stop in—we look forward to meeting you in person!

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