Serving to help people protect, defend, change, evolve and empower themselves worldwide via a differing paradigm since 1994.
My journey through life and the vehicle I chose to ride its countless winding roads on are considerably and consistently molding and shaping my ever present reality. The most important lessons I have learned throughout which unequivocally lead to countless others, were accountability and change. I mastered the ownership of my life.
The late and great Peter Sellers once said something relating to himself that I couldn’t relate to more for myself. He said something to the effect of him being an empty vessel with different personalities floating in and out of it at any given time. This constant changing state of being for me has been nothing short of revealing, entertaining and pure unadulterated shit disturbing.
This journey is where I developed my philosophies. Change, or rather; the willingness to change is where it begins. There’s a saying that goes “Those who oppose change, reject evolution.” And I couldn’t agree more. Evolution is paramount. Human evolution.
It was time to let go of Senshido, the proverbial boat that once got me to shore. I had taken Senshido (for more info, please refer to my bio and Senshido.com) as far as it could go and it me, and so I handed it over to my International Team and family to take over.
From my experience, the true foundations of personal protection belong to no particular person, group, or organization.
In my opinion, you cannot name a concept, a way, an idea, a movement or a journey; anything that is open and responsive to all new stimuli or info, with no judgment or emotional dogmatic baggage relayed to it; without by proxy, limiting it within that very label while creating a faction. Though one can claim ownership these days with clever marketing and acronyms of all sorts, these are the fundamental pillars of each and every human being, and as such; this understanding belongs to us all if we choose to acknowledge and embrace it.
- Instincts & Intuition
- Physiological, Psychological and Behavioral Survival Arsenal
- Protective Reflexes
- Survival Mind Set & Attitude
- Emotional Intuitiveness
In using and understanding these fundamental human foundations, we get back in touch with our natural protective mechanism and fine-tune what ‘mother nature’ already gifted us with.
Prevention over Circumvention.The Primary Objective of defense is conflict awareness for avoidance. After all, if you’re not there, it can’t happen to you. The ability to detect even a potential confrontation at its birth requires a heightened level of environmental awareness both on a situational and tactical level.
The Secondary Objective is non violent resolution via de-escalation and defusing. The skills of verbal de-escalation come naturally to a very tiny minority of any populace, these are skills sets based on human behaviour in relation to the psychology of violence. Verbal conflicts escalate quickly and more often than not result into physical altercations predicated by a sucker attack. Non violent resolution skills during the pre-contact stage of confrontation are paramount.
The Tertiary Objective, if the first 2 were to fail, is protective physical offense. After all, not every situation is defuse-able and some people are unfortunately hell bent on hurting others regardless. A gross motor, ‘adrenal-friendly’ physical retaliation arsenal is then in order. The physical tool set is already primed at this point, the fight or flight syndrome has kicked in and all it takes is a simple tweak to turn panic and flailing to tactical ripping and tearing.
This of course, is a monumental gross over simplification of the 3 Objective processes of Awareness, Non Violent Resolution and Protective Offense. The psychological and emotional aspect of the training alone compels one to introspect into their personal relationships with violence. One of these powerful revelations especially hits home for some who’ve lived a violent life and survived to make a change: “We are our own worst enemies.”
Cliché as it maybe, I have found that saying to be very true for humanity. We indeed are our own worst enemies. It is critical that in our training, we do not become what it is we are trying to defend against. Self-defence truly begins with the self. We live in fear of someone else hurting us, but what about the damage we cause ourselves on a daily-weekly-monthly and yearly basis?
Living in a state of fear, anxiety and/or stress; living a lie or many lies; poor health and nutritional habits; smoking, over drinking, lack of sleep etc. These are cataclysmic factors in the majority of work & relationship failures, health deterioration and more. Our very own belief systems are more often than not, the very things working against us.
The Personal Protection for Personal Evolution philosophy is about arming, and the strengthening of one’s self holistically, in turn strengthening our families and our communities and creating a more peaceful, communicative and nurturing environment for our children and future generations to thrive and prosper in.
This combative philosophy attacks the problem of violence and confrontation at the core root understanding that in order to achieve peace, we must, – as an old friend of mine said long ago: ‘out-birth’ violence. It can not only give you the tools to successfully survive a violent confrontation but also give you the tools to help you on your journey to indeed become the change, see & share the vision you wish for the world through your friends, families and communities.