Michelle Gay is a Laban Certified Movement Analyst, Registered Somatic Movement Educator, Fifth Degree Black Belt, five-time World Oyama Karate Knockdown Fighting Champion and Founder of The Society for Martial Arts Instruction and Karate-Do Kenwakan in New York City.

From 1998-2003 she volunteered as an Advocate for the St. Vincent’s Rape Crisis Program in Greenwich Village.

After she read Gavin DeBecker’s book The Gift of Fear; Survival Signals That Protect Us From Violence, she saw the opportunity to use her expertise to create a unique preventative self defense workshop that combines verbal and non- verbal communication principles with traditional self defense techniques.

Since 2003, she has taught the Safe & Sound Seminar to thousands of men and women in United States, Canada and Germany.

In addition to regular seminars at the Society for Martial Arts Instruction, Safe & Sound has been offered at Columbia University’s Barnard College, Lehman College, The Dalton School, Baruch College, The School of Visual Arts, Wagner College, The City & Country School, Peace Gatherers, Imazaki Dojo, Kanreikai Karate, Karate Praxis in Frechen, Germany and at many community events in and around New York City.

The workshop has been a part of orientation week at Broadway Dance Center’s International Student Visa Program and Professional Program for over a decade.

She is a mother of two grown children. Her daughter, Zelda, a second degree black belt, is a writer, producer and partner on all Safe & Sound related projects.