The Open Seminars are important to make sure that we all talk the same language and agree on what the subject is, that all of us understand when I am talking violence and not martial arts.  If you’re already there or want a shorter class, Workshops deal with specific issues: counter ambush techniques; Why I Don’t Pretend to Teach Knife Defense; Force Law; Violence Dynamics; Infighting; close-range power generation; introduction to ground movement and fighting; locking; take-downs; close-range strikes; leverage and leverage points; tactical pain...


Sometimes lovingly referred to as

Ambushes and Thugs

Is the introductory seminar for Martial Artists who want to learn about violence.  It runs eight hours (modifiable) and covers at least:

  1. The Seven Aspects of Self-Defense

  2. Force Law

  3. Efficient Movement

  4. Fighting to the Goal

  5. Counter Ambush

  6. Violence Dynamics

No seminar is exactly the same.  Under efficient movements, some groups will need work on Power Generation, Infighting, Groundfighting, or basic building blocks, like strikes, locks or take-downs.  Many groups get to blindfolded infighting; a few get an introduction to environmental fighting.  Much depends on how safely and quickly the students pick up the concepts.

A&B is usually presented as a class for Martial Artists, but it requires no experience with martial arts or fighting and has proven useful for Law Enforcement professionals, citizens interested in Self-Defense and even writers.


Beyond A&B, things are based on the needs of the students.  De-Escalation, Violence Prevention and Violence Dynamics are appropriate for people who want to be safer without going hands on.  We can spend many hours on infighting, environmental fighting, working with weapons and working as a team... the possibilities are nearly endless.

This is an advanced class.  It isn’t about escaping from a wrist grab or what to do when menaced with a knife.  From the very ground up, we are going to use the tools of disaster planning to create and evaluate self-defense systems.

Does it require advanced martial knowledge? No.  But it will require attention and creativity.  If you are still collecting techniques or stuck in the belief that self-defense is primarily a physical skill, this class isn’t for you.  If you already feel that you know everything and the answers you have been given by some higher authority are unimpeachable, this class isn’t for you.  If the deep purpose of your instructor or system is to make sure you always have an answer and never have to think for yourself, stay home.

If you want to explore and experiment with the subject of violence; if you want to engineer your own high-end self-defense plans; if you want or need skills in understanding violence, predicting violence and articulating your decisions; if you are a creative professional who wants your characters and worlds to ring true... then this class just might be for you.


An intensive three day course for up to twelve people.

If you are a martial artist, you will learn things about violence and assault that will change the way you train.

If you are a Law Enforcement Professional, you will get the inside scoop on the power dynamics and what goes on in the head of the most violent criminals.

If you are a writer or an actor, you can learn about the dark side from the inside.

If you are just curious... if you need to know...

Taught as a mixture of lecture, conversation, practical exercises, skill and attribute building, on-scene observation and scenarios.

The team of five instructors includes people who needed to be taken down, people who were paid to take them down... and one safety expert.  For obvious reasons.


Yours truly with the late Tim Bown (Best of the Bulletmen)

and Clint


Conducted as a two day course, we cover everything listed as well as dynamic fighting and environmental fighting.


Available as a follow-up to the Two Day Ambushes and Thugs, each participant gets a personalized scenario.  Students will have to use skills in tandem with judgement and, when all is over, explain themselves to a jury of peers.  Nightmare scenarios, decision making under stress, self-defense law, articulation and de-escalation skills will be tested and each scenario is debriefed.  Kind of fun.

NOTE: I can only effectively conduct scenarios in English.  No matter how fluent the students are in English, it sucks if the bad guys sounds like a tourist.