I have been training in various martial arts for more than 20 years, and am continually building my knowledge of personal safety, security and violence dynamics; working to identify safer and more reliable ways to respond in case of a potentially violent confrontation. This probably stems from a lifetime of moving around, which has given me the opportunity to gain “real world” experience by living/working in NYC, Boston, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, & Portland here in the United States, as well as living/working/traveling overseas, spending time in Central & South America, Europe, North Africa, and the Far East.
MY SELF DEFENSE PHILOSOPHY
EMPOWERMENT: If I had to pick a single word or phrase to represent my philosophy of self-defense, it would be empowerment. Those who are empowered are more self-confident, and those who are self-confident are least likely to be selected by a predator as a potential victim. The more safe and secure one feels, the more freedom they have to lead healthy and happy lives. Therefore, empowerment has become the goal of each of my workshops. If you are empowered to take steps to ensure your own safety, whether by making a decision not to engage in a situation or relationship, or by physically defending yourself in a time when that is the best option remaining to you, you will feel and act more self confident, and will by statistical probability be safer in your everyday lives. It’s truly been an honor to play a small role in that outcome.