(703) 249-9255
1940 Duke St SUITE #200, Alexandria, VA 22314

(703) 249-9255
1940 Duke St SUITE #200, Alexandria, VA 22314

(703) 249-9255
1940 Duke St SUITE #200, Alexandria, VA 22314

President's Vision

As the President and founder of the Guardian Educational Fund, It is my personal honor to have an opportunity to directly impact the men and women that serve and protect our nation and the local communities; and to build confidence, character and promote success on what I see as the heroes of the next generation.  Growing up, I was bullied at a very young age. I lacked the confidence in expressing myself and the ability to physically defend myself.  I quickly found that without these two skills, I frequently became the target of bullying.

After several years of dealing with being bullied, I decided to try traditional martial arts.  Although I improved my ability to defend myself, I still lacked the confidence to do so. Ultimately I stopped pursuing traditional martial arts to look for another way to acquire the skills I felt I needed. Eventually my family decided that the only solution was for us to move in order to remove me from the bullying environment.   

In 2004, I entered Active Duty in the United States Navy where I served for the next 10 years. This is when I discovered Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. I remember seeing the early Ultimate Fighting Championships. I couldn’t believe what I saw. Royce Gracie, whose father is the founder of Brazilian Jiujitsu, was beating fighters more than twice his size. Intrigued, I wanted to know more.

I began my training in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in 2006.  After several years, the lack of proper training, including self-defense training, in both the military and in law enforcement became very apparent to me. How could the average hobbyist of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu be more versed in self-defense than law enforcement officers, the very people you would expect to excel in such an applicable skillset?  I decided I wanted to change that. I believe that law enforcement officers, who are expected to protect and serve the community in the line of duty, should have access to specialized self-defense training in order to protect themselves and the general public.

In 2009, the idea of GEF was born. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu has changed my life in so many indescribable ways.  It has made me a better, more confident and able person.  Something I feel that is important to share.  GEF is a company that is solely formed around the passion of its team, consisting of both employees and volunteers. It is focused on the needs of law enforcement and child development. I want us to best serve the very people that serve us, both presently and in the future.

 

Adam E. Bankoff
President

President's Vision

As the President and founder of the Guardian Educational Fund, It is my personal honor to have an opportunity to directly impact the men and women that serve and protect our nation and the local communities; and to build confidence, character and promote success on what I see as the heroes of the next generation.  Growing up, I was bullied at a very young age. I lacked the confidence in expressing myself and the ability to physically defend myself.  I quickly found that without these two skills, I frequently became the target of bullying.

After several years of dealing with being bullied, I decided to try traditional martial arts.  Although I improved my ability to defend myself, I still lacked the confidence to do so. Ultimately I stopped pursuing traditional martial arts to look for another way to acquire the skills I felt I needed. Eventually my family decided that the only solution was for us to move in order to remove me from the bullying environment.   

In 2004, I entered Active Duty in the United States Navy where I served for the next 10 years. This is when I discovered Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. I remember seeing the early Ultimate Fighting Championships. I couldn’t believe what I saw. Royce Gracie, whose father is the founder of Brazilian Jiujitsu, was beating fighters more than twice his size. Intrigued, I wanted to know more.

I began my training in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in 2006.  After several years, the lack of proper training, including self-defense training, in both the military and in law enforcement became very apparent to me. How could the average hobbyist of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu be more versed in self-defense than law enforcement officers, the very people you would expect to excel in such an applicable skillset?  I decided I wanted to change that. I believe that law enforcement officers, who are expected to protect and serve the community in the line of duty, should have access to specialized self-defense training in order to protect themselves and the general public.

In 2009, the idea of GEF was born. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu has changed my life in so many indescribable ways.  It has made me a better, more confident and able person.  Something I feel that is important to share.  GEF is a company that is solely formed around the passion of its team, consisting of both employees and volunteers. It is focused on the needs of law enforcement and child development. I want us to best serve the very people that serve us, both presently and in the future.

 

Adam E. Bankoff
President

President's Vision

As the President and founder of the Guardian Educational Fund, It is my personal honor to have an opportunity to directly impact the men and women that serve and protect our nation and the local communities; and to build confidence, character and promote success on what I see as the heroes of the next generation.  Growing up, I was bullied at a very young age. I lacked the confidence in expressing myself and the ability to physically defend myself.  I quickly found that without these two skills, I frequently became the target of bullying.

After several years of dealing with being bullied, I decided to try traditional martial arts.  Although I improved my ability to defend myself, I still lacked the confidence to do so. Ultimately I stopped pursuing traditional martial arts to look for another way to acquire the skills I felt I needed. Eventually my family decided that the only solution was for us to move in order to remove me from the bullying environment.   

In 2004, I entered Active Duty in the United States Navy where I served for the next 10 years. This is when I discovered Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. I remember seeing the early Ultimate Fighting Championships. I couldn’t believe what I saw. Royce Gracie, whose father is the founder of Brazilian Jiujitsu, was beating fighters more than twice his size. Intrigued, I wanted to know more.

I began my training in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in 2006.  After several years, the lack of proper training, including self-defense training, in both the military and in law enforcement became very apparent to me. How could the average hobbyist of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu be more versed in self-defense than law enforcement officers, the very people you would expect to excel in such an applicable skillset?  I decided I wanted to change that. I believe that law enforcement officers, who are expected to protect and serve the community in the line of duty, should have access to specialized self-defense training in order to protect themselves and the general public.

In 2009, the idea of GEF was born. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu has changed my life in so many indescribable ways.  It has made me a better, more confident and able person.  Something I feel that is important to share.  GEF is a company that is solely formed around the passion of its team, consisting of both employees and volunteers. It is focused on the needs of law enforcement and child development. I want us to best serve the very people that serve us, both presently and in the future.

 

Adam E. Bankoff
President