Maria Ruiz is a Green Belt in Krav Maga, Certified Level 1 Krav Maga instructor and Strike Fit instructor with Krav Maga Alliance. She has been training since 2015 and became the Head Strike Fit instructor at Evolution Krav Maga Training Center in 2016. 

Maria is currently serving as a Security Forces specialist in the Kansas Air National Guard. Her military service includes six years of Active Duty time as a photojournalist in the Public Affairs field. As a Security Forces specialist she is trained in law enforcement procedures, combat tactics, combat arms, tactical drills, battle procedures, and various military operations during war and stateside emergencies. Maria is a Master of Public Health graduate student with an emphasis in infectious diseases and zoonose at the Kansas State University.