Tammy is a United States Marine Corps veteran where she served right out of high school. During her military time she learned basic combative training with and without the use of weapons. A few years after leaving the military, Tammy began taking classes in Okinawa Kobudo, using bo, sai, nunchuck and tonfa. She began to also study kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has since earned her second degree black belt in karate and kobudo and still trains consistently in both. She also has a blue belt in kickboxing and has recently received her one-stripe blue belt in BJJ.