Self-Defense Essentials

A 16-hour, two day class, “Self-Defense Essentials” is designed to provide the student with more in-depth understanding of real-world violence as well as the foundations for effective physical defense. At the end of the class, the student will have working knowledge of force-law mechanics, basic legal procedures regarding self-defense, the structure of predatory crime, and the fundamental physical skills to counter sudden violence.

Day One

This first day will consist of an interactive lecture and discussion of the 7 primary elements of self-defense competence.¬†This section (based on the comprehensive work by Rory Miller of Chiron Training) will address the intangible knowledge and skill sets that are required for students to build a working model of safety for their lives. Understanding the “who, what, where, when, why, and how” of violence and criminal behavior is essential to being able to manage personal security. Day One delves the student into the characteristics and structures of real-world violence. From the pre-incident behaviors, to the internal and emotional walls that must be maneuvered to survive an assault, being prepared to deal with violence (and its aftermath) is a complex undertaking. As such, the information covered in this section is critical. Without it the student is ill equipped to avoid, diffuse, or survive a violent attack.

The 7 Elements

  • legal and ethical
  • violence dynamics
  • avoidance
  • counter-ambush
  • the freeze
  • the fight
  • the aftermath

Day Two


Day Two will consist of the physical skills portion of the course. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of physical defense:

  • movement and structure
  • power-generation
  • basic strikes and targeting
  • locks and holds
  • throws and sweeps
  • basic ground-fight mechanics
  • counter-assault*

*once the student has the physical basis needed, time will be spent building basic reactive conditioning in order to provide a foundational response for sudden violence.

*Materials List:

Day One:

  • note-taking materials (strongly recommended)
  • casual clothing
  • water and snacks if desired

Day Two:

  • note-taking materials (if desired)
  • casual/athletic clothing
  • necessary athletic support items (braces, wraps, etc.)
  • water and snacks