Seminars and Workshops

Taught in over 14 countries to hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life since 1994, and with clients including but not limited to the British Special Forces, the Finland Presidential Security team and Counter Terrorist Unit, the Mexico City Chapter of the Guardian Angels, Montreal’s John Abbot Police Tech graduating class, the Association for Women’s Total Advancement & Development and the Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women of Cairo, Egypt to name but a few; my workshops are internationally acclaimed amongst some of the very best and by clients, professionals and peers alike solidifying my reputation as being one of the top 5 self defense instructors in the world since 1999.

I offer 4 particular workshops as well as customized ones depending on the need of the client, to any and all groups including but not limited to: privately hosted, corporate, community (centers, shelters, clubs, public or private schools etc.), security (private, corporate, doormen/bouncers) law enforcement, military, martial art clubs, pubs, bars diners and club staff, medical staff and generally any groups whose jobs put them in harm’s way and dealing with potential violence of any kind.

For more information, or to book a seminar or customize a workshop to your group’s needs, please contact me at i.am@richarddimitri.com or call 515-712-2942

No participant’s under the age of 13 are permitted to attend unless the workshop is specifically designed for a group of that age or under, otherwise, all participants under the age of 18 must either present a signed letter of consent by, or be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to attend my workshops.

The subject matter delves greatly into the topics of both urban and domestic violence including but not limited to rape, pedophilia, aggravated and sexual assaults, attempted murder, drug and alcohol abuse, break ins, muggings and random violence in general. Many of the stories and events shared are actual and real and are graphically depicted.

Swearing and cursing are also used both on an instructional and passionate level and those offended should seriously refrain. I offer an open and free platform and forum for the participants to fully express themselves in, as they see fit and need, within the obvious measures of safety, and do not limit anyone’s methods of doing so and that goes for any ages in the room present.

Fundamentals of Personal Protection

This seminar covers all the general self defense bases in great detail. Going in depth into the psychology of violence, we examine closely the relation of human behavior to violence with the primary focus of avoidance through both environmental and situational awareness.

Using congruent behavioral and psychological principles to navigate through the chaos of confrontation, this workshop will give you the tools to defuse and de-escalate a potentially violent assault using tried, tested and proven tactics.

Topics include fear, stress and confrontation management skills, verbal de-escalation strategies, conflict resolution principles, setting up your own ‘ambush’, how to use deceptive body language and natural defensive postures to your advantage, the comprehensive dissection of the ego, pre-contact cues and indicators, threat and behavioral pattern recognition as well as the legal, moral, ethical and ripple effects of surviving a violent confrontation.

Also covered in depth are the defenses against the most common attacks on both genders using the 5 Principles of Physical Retaliation (aka as the notorious ‘Shredder’) including but not limited to shoves, grabs, tackles, sucker punches, take downs, pinned to the ground, mounted, strangulations, bear hugs, chokes, static knife attacks and other aggravated assaults.

The Fundamentals of Personal Protection is an 8 hour workshop with breaks in between including a ‘lunch’ break. It can be given in one day or broken down in as many days as necessary. The cost is $2000 for 30 participants and under, and $2500 for 31 participants and over + travel expenses and accommodations where applicable. Discounts offered to special groups, shelters, etc. (all prices in Canadian $)

Ladies, please...

This world renowned workshop is specifically designed for the female gender taking into consideration of course that men and women are approached and attacked differently and with more often than not, a differing intent.

The topics of rape and sexual assault are covered in great depth and much like the Fundamental’s workshop; we dive deep into the psychology of violence and closely examine the relation of human behavior to violence with the primary focus of avoidance through both environmental and situational awareness as well as tried, tested and proven psychological principles.

Topics covered include fear, stress and confrontation management skills, verbal de-escalation strategies and conflict resolution principles, what to do if being followed or stalked, how to deal with a solitary and/or confined environment (elevator, staircase, underground parking lot, etc.) how to use deceptive body language and natural defensive postures to your advantage, dealing with a physically larger and overpowering aggressor, how to handle aggression and intimidation and more.

Also covered in depth are the physical defenses against the most common attacks on women including but not limited to: grabs, being pulled and controlled by the hair, tackles, being taken down to the ground, being pinned to the ground, mounted, hands & rope strangulations, bear hugs, chokes, static knife attacks and other aggravated assaults.

This workshop has come recommended by the AWSDA (American Women’s Self Defense Association), the Montreal Sexual Assault Centre and CLSC as well as International women’s movements Girls Gone Gorgeous in LA, California, the Association for Women’s Total Advancement & Development and The Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women both in Cairo, Egypt. My materials are also being taught to thousands of women in Africa and South Asia via one of my international team members and friend Debi Steven and her nonprofit organization, Action Breaks Silence.

This is a 6 hour workshop with one ‘lunch’ break in between. It can be given in one day or broken down in as many days as necessary. The cost is $1500 for 20 participants and under, and $2000 for 21 participants and over + travel expenses and accommodations where applicable. Discounts offered to special groups, shelters, etc. (all prices in Canadian $)

Knife Defense

PRE REQUISITE: You have to have attended either a Fundamentals of Personal Protection or Women’s Self Defense Workshop prior to attending a Knife Defense workshop.

The cheapest, easiest to acquire and most common weapon used in violence is the knife and other forms of edged weapons. More dangerous than and twice as treacherous as a gun at close range, the knife is by far one of the deadliest tools used in violent confrontations.

This workshop covers dozens of drills to improve your close quarter arsenal against an armed attacker. Topics covered include static and dynamic attacks, attacks from the front and rear, controlling the weapon hand, dealing with the dreaded rear handed pump and stab while being grabbed by the lead hand, how to increase perception time while decreasing reaction time, gross motor skills during adrenal stress, overkill mentality, as well as performance enhancement and survival strategies successfully used by security personnel, bouncers, law enforcement officers and soldiers worldwide.

That said, this workshop is not a guarantee nor is any self defense system fool or variable proof as there are way too many factors to determine absolute success, or in this case, survival. Anyone telling you different is full of shit and desperately trying to sell you something.

What this and all our workshops offer is a differing paradigm along with functional and easily adaptable concepts, attributes and skills to enhance your survivability in a knife attack, not guarantee it. There are no techniques to memorize, no frills, just plain truth on defensive knife attacks.

Take it from someone who’s not only been in and survived several knife altercations, but also successfully taught it on an international level with several testimonials coming from those who put themselves in harm’s way for a living.

This is a 5 hour workshop with one ‘lunch’ break in between. It can be given in one day or broken down in as many days as necessary. The cost is $1500 for 20 participants and under, and $2000 for 21 participants or over + travel expenses and accommodations where applicable. Discounts offered to special groups, shelters, etc. (all prices in Canadian $)

Multiple Attackers

PREREQUISITE: You have to have attended either a Fundamentals of Personal Protection or Women’s Self Defense Workshop prior to attending a Multiple Attacker’s workshop.

Next to facing an armed opponent, facing multiple attackers is probably one of the most dangerous situations one can unfortunately come across. This workshop explores several strategies in facing multiple attackers including developing a psychological and behavioral arsenal necessary to escape as unharmed as possible. As there are no guarantees in such circumstances, the primary objective is in avoiding and de-escalating while setting the assailants up for the proverbial ‘kill’ as it were.

Providing the situation hasn’t immediately escalated into a physical one or originated in an ambush and if avoidance and de-escalation failed; the verbal defusing stage of the confrontation’s secondary purpose of effectively setting up an escape plan via a stun & run strategy, is primed and ready to go. This isn’t about getting into a knockdown, drag out brawl, this is about surviving, evading and escaping and as in one piece as possible.

Topics include but are not limited to: the demystification of fighting multiple attackers, psychological warfare, tactical set ups, the manipulation of human behavior in relation to pack attacks, proper defensive, evasive and set up footwork, distancing and proximity sense, how to use the environment you’re in as an asset and more.

This is a 5 hour workshop with one ‘lunch’ break in between. It can be given in one day or broken down in as many days as necessary. The cost is $1500 for 20 participants and under, and $2000 for 21 participants or over + travel expenses and accommodations where applicable. Discounts offered to special groups, shelters, etc. (all prices in Canadian $)