Scenarios are incredible training.  They can move your students beyond physical skills and into tactics; can give them a first taste of adrenaline; can help specific students with specific weaknesses; and are invaluable for cultivating the primary real-life skill of working physical skills in tandem with judgment.

They are also difficult to design correctly, to run correctly, have serious concerns for both physical and psychological safety, and a poor scenario will do more harm to a student’s development than almost any other form of training.

Big benefits, very hard.  That’s why we call it “training” instead of “Thanksgiving dinner at grandma’s.”


Ft. Worden State Park  (specific location e-mailed to participants)


October 12-13, 2013 Time TDB, but probably 1000-1800


$165 (No option for partial days or single days, you need all of this or none at all. There’s no such thing as halfway safe)


20 Participants


Safety, Safety, Safety

Purposes of scenarios

Designing scenarios

Selection, training and duties of:

  1. Scenario Designer

  2. Facilitator

  3. Role Player

  4. Safety

Targeting Scenarios

Briefing and debriefing

Conducting Scenarios


Under my supervision, the students will design, conduct and debrief scenarios for each other.  Each student will take one of the roles at least once.  That’s a minimum of 20 scenarios, people.  It’s gonna be a big day.  Bring lots of water.

What to bring:

Lots of water.  Alert mind.  Training armor if you have it*.  Safe training versions of your everyday carry weapons and/or whatever safe training weapons you use to teach your students currently*. Notebook, definitely.  Comfortable clothes are safer... what you wear normally is more realistic.  Your call.

  1. *This training is not designed solely for government agencies with good training budgets.  There are good-hearted teachers out there who can afford almost nothing, so bring what you have and we will work out what you can (and, more importantly can’t safely) do with what you have.

Each armor and type of training weapon have different capabilities and safety concerns. I use the stuff I like, but we’ll evaluate what you bring for those parameters.

CONTACT: Dave Olsen, Aikido Pt. Townsend


Scenario Training. $165. 

Limit of 20 People