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Amanda Kruse, MSW of Des Moines Area Self Defense, LLC

Amanda Kruse, MSW
Des Moines Area Self Defense, LLC
Des Moines Iowa
Phone: 515-975-7156


Amanda Kruse graduated from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA with a BA in Sociology and a minor in Psychology and a Master's degree in Social Work. She worked in both Family Preservation and Public Health before making the decision exit the workforce to raise her young children. During this time, she stayed active in the community through various volunteer opportunities and working at her children’s school.

Amanda is a black belt in Taekwondo. After witnessing a scary incident between 10 year old girls and a young man on the city bus, she decided to put together a self-defense class for girls at a local school with the assistance of her Taekwondo instructor. With the success of this class, she took it a step further and started Des Moines Area Self-Defense, LLC, offering self-defense classes to women and girls in Des Moines, Iowa and surrounding communities. She completed her Just Yell Fire certification with Chad Von Dette in 2014.

Amanda has a strong desire for social justice. Her hope is to reach as many women and girls as possible to help empower them with the information they need for self-protection.

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