Dauntlez was founded in December 2017 starting with only the founder.  Since then we have grown to more than ten volunteers and have reached over 350 individuals!

In 2019, Dauntlez received the 501c(3) non profit status and we continue to rely solely on our great volunteers and donations to fund and operate the workshops and classes.


Transform communities by empowering individuals, specially women and teens to prevent, resist, and/or defend against different forms of personal violence.  


To educate and train individuals on all facets of self-defense which includes mental, emotional, and physical strategies through workshops and classes. 

Meet our Team of Volunteers!

Adina Gonzales

Founder / Board Member President / Certified Self-Defense Instructor
At age 17 I joined a judo club to learn self-defense after experiencing unfortunate assaults. I currently hold a 3rd Dan black belt in judo and a blue belt in Brazilian jujitsu.  Learning physical self- defense gave me the confidence and peace I needed, but more importantly, it gave me back my power and some control over my life.  With my martial arts, I learned the physical side of self-defense, but self-defense is more than just the physical aspect.  You also need to have an awareness of yourself and your mindset, awareness of your predator’s mindset and your surroundings, having the right verbal confrontation skills, and knowing safety strategies that will help you to PREVENT a situation.  I have worked as a Program/Project Manager for over 7+ years.

Su Laing

Board Member / Vice-President / Instructor

Having been a victim of personal violence, I am very passionate about teaching women and children self defense. I have my  4th degree black belt in Hung Ga Kung Fu and currently trains Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has taught across the country for over 15 years. 

I am also active in all forms of shooting sports and weapons training.

Nadine Encarnacion

Board Member / Director of Teen Program / Certified Self Defense Instructor

Hi! My name is Nadine. I am a Board Member and  one of the instructors for Dauntlez. I currently work as an overnight veterinary assistant for an emergency animal hospital. I have over 20 years of Judo experience  and 10 years of judo instructing experience. My own personal experience has sparked a passion for educating and empowering other women, particularly young adults. My goal is to help prevent others from experiencing the same trauma. Through self defense I hope to teach others to be confident, to be strong, and to be dauntless.  


Gina Sauers

Board Member / Director of South Partnerships / Certified Self Defense Instructor

I moved to Washington 21 years ago to escape an abusive marriage with my 2 small children. I rebuilt a life and remarried 5 years ago. From that abusive experience, I began my journey to become more aware of what makes an abusive relationship. It put me on a path to find ways to not only heal myself and provide a solid foundation for my children but to also empower and help other teens and women to become more aware of the red flags. I began training in Tae Kwon Do years ago and that is how I met my husband. He and I own a martial arts school where he is the chief instructor. I became a certified woman self-defense instructor to bring in the women self-defense workshops. While in instructor training, I met Adina Gonzales of Dauntlez. We joined forces to bring quality workshops ranging from Beyond Stranger Danger for parents; bullying for school age children; self-defense for teens and women, gun safety and more.


Bryan Butteling

Board Member / Director of Microsoft Employee Engagement / Instructor

Born and raised on the beautiful island of Maui in Hawaii, I was taught the importance of Aloha by caring for one another. Having trained in a wide variety of martial arts (kickboxing, Muay Thai, karate, etc) with his longest focus being in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (13 years).  I have a passion for teaching others how to protect themselves in any situation. Having dealt with bullying from a very young age, I bring a side of compassion and empathy for those who feel powerless and hope to help them find the courage and confidence to live a happy life.  I currently work at Microsoft as a Program Manager and I also help teach children jiu-jitsu at T3MA of Kirkland.



Matt Allen

Certified Self Defense Instructor

I grew up in Memphis, TN, joined the US Army and served six years active duty and reached the rank of Captain. I recently separated from military and hired at the Central Pierce Fire and Rescue as a Firefighter.  My martial arts background consists of Judo, Jujitsu, and Muy Thai Kickboxing. I truly believe everyone in good faith has the right to defend themselves, and I will do what I can to help you learn proper self defense.



Byron Encarnacion


I am a strong believer in being able to defend yourself and I am passionate about teaching safety skills .  Currently I am a national judo coach and a judo instructor with a 1st degree black belt. 



Maria Carline Zamora

Program/Grant Coordinator

Currently the Fund Raising Coordinator for Dauntlez.  We are very dependent on volunteers and donations and we try to raise funds so we can offer the workshops for free. Offline,  I am a stay-at-home mom boldly homeschooling an energetic car enthusiast and enjoys laughing at reruns of Friends.



Michelle Matias

Marketing Design  

I’m Michelle and I help create promotional materials for advertising our workshops. I also train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at T3MA. I believe that educating others about self-defense will empower individuals to be confident and be able to prevent or positively respond to personal violence.



Amelia Gonzales

Program Event Coordinator

Currently the Event Coordinator for Dauntlez,  I take care of the logistics of hosting a workshops. I strongly believe in Woman empowerment and Children’s safety. I come from a big and close-knit family. I want my grandson, nephews and nieces to grow up in a safe  community.  That is why I want to do my share in spreading Dauntlez’s  Vision ,” Transform communities by empowering individuals, specially women and teens to prevent, resist, and/or defend against different forms of personal violence. ”