BACK TO SIMPLICITY.
No styles, no systems, no rituals, no lineages, no masters, no labels, no belts, no katas, no uniforms, no dogmas; only the process of sharing and learning ‘self-defense’ via functional combative philosophy, psychology, movement and fitness. I am simply teaching personal defense skills and violence survival tactics.
On a purely physical level, I share how to individually and collectively use all of our natural tools as well as extended ones (weapons), offensively and defensively, in a behavioral, strategic & tactical manner and in all ‘ranges’ (distances & gravitational positions) of hand to hand combat. All physical applications are gross motor oriented and fine tuned to coincide with the adrenal stress and fight or flight syndrome.
I also offer great insight on functional physical fitness and proper nutrition, striving for optimum health and performance by pushing ourselves through our own perceived limitations.
On a cerebral level, topics such as fear, stress & confrontation management, choice speech, verbal defusing, de-escalation strategies and general holistic survival tactics are covered in great detail with the primary goals of prevention, avoidance, peaceful resolution and ultimately; self discovery, awareness and actualization.
As our thoughts manifest our actions; by challenging personal self defense dogmas as well as individual and cultural core belief systems, personal growth and evolution occurs. This is the crossroads for most people. Many who hit this stage also hit a wall due to the massive amount of self revelation the training provides. The ego is directly challenged due to the questioning of one’s core beliefs.
On a collective, humane level; the ripple effect of our chosen actions are taken into great consideration as well as the moral, legal, and ethical consequences of these actions while self examining our darkest dominating emotions of anger and fear in relation.
It is greatly encouraged to question everything, to learn to think for one’s self, to be more accountable and research everything learned and to be open and responsive to life without judgment.
On a personal level, the training can make one face and slay their own demons. The intellectualization and first hand recognition of one’s very own emotional triggers and their origins are very often a ‘light bulb’ and life changing moment for most people.
These are what I have found to be the core foundations of true personal protection; the cornerstones as well as the gifts that most who have trained with me over the last two decades have discovered; beyond just acquiring the ability to feel safe, defend themselves and kick ass if necessary. That, for those who chose to move beyond the wall I mentioned earlier of which most hit in the training, has been the real life changing gift…. the gift of self re-discovery.