Jay Beecham, the founder and lead instructor of Streetwise Self Defense, brings a wealth of experience in self-defense and personal safety, backed by over 20 years of martial arts training. Holding a degree in Criminal Justice and having served in Military Intelligence with the Army National Guard, Jay possesses a unique blend of skills. This combination allows him to expertly merge practical threat analysis with an in-depth understanding of violence dynamics and predator behavior.

Violence dynamics involve studying the causes and development of violent situations, including the various factors that can either intensify or defuse aggressive behavior. This knowledge is crucial for creating effective strategies to both prevent and respond to violent incidents.

Since launching Streetwise Self Defense in 2014, Jay has trained over 1,500 women and teens, including those who have survived rape and domestic violence. His global perspective is enriched by living and working in various major cities across the world and extensive travel in the US, Central & South America, Europe, North Africa, and Asia. Connect with Streetwise Self Defense at or follow us on Facebook and Instagram @StreetwiseWomen.

“Jay was very knowledgeable and professional when teaching my friend and I self defense strategies. The information was relevant and helpful. Every woman should take the class!”