The People of YNG

A brief history of those who make this run this operation.

Scott Yingling

 Scott had 9+ years in the French Foreign Legion and served as a medic, sniper team leader, and sniper squad leader. He had two combat deployments to Mali and the Central African Republic (CAR). Scott was part of the combat parachute mission that liberated Timbuktu from AQMI in 2014 and fought the entire 14 days of the battle of the Battle of Ametettai. Scott was a forward deployed sniper team leader in the CAR and was involved in the battle of Batangafo. He has many commando formations and monitor qualifications and was a jungle squad leader in French Guiana. Scott has 30+ years experience in the martial arts (wrestling, Aiki Shin Kai, BJJ, Muay Thai, MMA, and 9 years Krav Maga) and was the civilian, military, and SWAT Krav Maga instructor for the 2 REP and the 3 REI. Currently Scott is a NRA instructor and range safety officer as well as the Florida State Director for the International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF) and has been teaching courses in the panhandle for two years. 
 

Nikkita Kent

Nikkita started Krav Maga in 2014 to gain confidence in her ability to protect herself. Since then, she has lived in Japan for 2 years, traveled to many countries solo, and returned to share her experiences with others. She believes the ability to recognize threats, assess situations, and protect oneself are essential to living an adventurous life. 
 
A completer of the IKMF’s Civilian Instructor Course I, Nikkita has instructed classes and seminars for all ages in the Florida Panhandle. She encourages each of her students to give only their very best, ensuring they have the skills and conviction to protect themselves and others. 

Eddie Wells

Eddie Wells served in the United States Air Force for 20 years. Early in his career he served worked as a the Security Police Specialist serving tours in the United States and abroad in South Korea. In addition, he worked with the Disaster Preparedness and Readiness Training with the Air Force Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Florida. Eddie has been training in Krav Maga, since 2012. He received his Krav Maga Instructor certification in June 2018. Along with Krav Maga training, he was has recently certified in Advanced Tactical Applied Combative System  A.T.A.C.S. in August 2020.  He is the Head Krav Maga instructor and a Range Safety Officer with YNG Global.

 

Brooke Lakatos

Brooke Lakatos is a certified IKMF Krav Maga Instructor with over 5 years of instructional, and 20 years of competitive dance/tumbling experience. After having her first baby via Cesarean in 2018, Brooke wanted to find a way to regain her core strength and learn practical skills to protect herself and her child. “There is not a more helpless feeling than to see someone else who is hurting and not knowing how to help. I love that I’ve found something that gives me the tools I need to be able to stand up and help a person in need, whether it’s my own family, a co-worker, or a passerby. Learning Krav Maga has shown me that I don’t have to sit back and watch the world move around me or freeze in a moment of decision. The mental fortitude that I have built gives me confidence that in an unfortunate moment I would be able to make a quick and effective decision so that others and myself could go home to our families.  It’s also hard to believe that I now have more core strength than I did when I was tumbling competitively!” Learning Krav Maga from a former Legionnaire, Brooke was the first of Scott Yingling’s students to become an instructor. She began her training in 2019 and became an IKMF-certified G1 instructor in 2020.

Rusty Fortune

Rusty was an Expert Rifleman in the U.S. Marine Corp. infantry with one combat tour in Iraq. He is an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and RSO, holds an Expert Firearms Instructor Certificate, as well as six other firearms certifications.
 
As a martial arts instructor and firearms expert, Rusty understands the importance of self defense and being prepared. His passion is helping others understand this importance and leading them to attain the level of training each individual needs for their day to day lives.
 
Rusty has a Grey belt in the US Marine Corp Martial Arts Program (MCMAP).  He has 1 year of Judo, and is an ATACS Instructor (Advanced Tactical Applied Combative System).

As a martial arts instructor and firearms expert, Rusty understands the importance of self defense and being prepared.  His passion is helping others understand this importance and leading them to attain the level of training each individual needs for their day to day lives.