Practical Self-Defense-1 (PSD-1)  This course lays the foundation for the entire Practical Self-Defense series of courses and is a prerequisite for Practical Self-Defense-2. Each course is specifically designed for those who want to learn highly effective strategies and tactics for self defense. The combatives you will learn have been adapted and distilled from a variety of martial arts and other fighting sources. This course is 2.5 hours.






While the term combative may seem "violent" it is simply defined as this; a set of fighting principles and techniques that are extremely effective and can be recalled and applied under stress. All of the combatives you will learn address the physical, physiological and mental aspects that you may be confronted with during a personal threatening physical encounter. 


The odds of prevailing in a violent personal attack are dramatically increased by simply learning a few mental and physical combatives. The mental and physical skills you will learn in this course are crucial to surviving such an attack and can be adapted on some level by virtually anyone. This course is a must for anyone who desires a stronger sense of security and confidence.


This course is a combination of classroom and physical skills training and is appropriate for ages 13 and up. All physical activity is practiced at your own comfort level. 

This course will cover: 

  • Physiological effects of a threatening encounter
  • Developing a warrior mindset​
  • ​Hicks law
  • Action vs reaction
  • Force options that work for anyone
  • Footwork, balance and base aka the Combat Shuffle
  • ​Escapes from common grabs
  • ​Mild stress drill​


Course Requirements:

  • Willingness to learn 
  • Positive attitude
  • Comfortable, gym or workout attire
  • Water bottle
  • Protein snack
  • ​Remove all necklaces, watches, bracelets, earrings and large rings