Damian Ross

Founder, Master Instructor

3 Black Belts, International Competitor, Division 1 Collegiate Wrestler, Hall of Fame Athlete, Security Agent, Private Contractor and Bouncer, Mr. Ross has been in the mix since he was a wee-little “ass kicker”. In 1993 he began training a select group of people in what would become The Self Defense Training System. Over the years Secret Service Agents, Federal and Local Police, Military, members of the Famed NYPD and Private Contractors have traveled over thousands of miles and paid top dollar out of their own pockets just to train for an hour with Mr. Ross. Realizing the demand for this ultimate form of self defense was too great for him to do by himself he launched The Self Defense Company (SDC) in 2007 using cutting edge distance learning techniques implemented by leading universities.

 

The Self Defense Training System works because in this increasingly violent world, you want to know exactly how to survive real violence without the sport and ceremony of typical martial arts.

Who has the time (or the money) to invest thousands in learning a sport or an ancient fighting style developed to fight an enemy on horseback?

The SDTS was created out of necessity. It’s based on decades of modern warfare and violence not an ancient battlefield by warriors using outdated weapons and tactics. The SDTS was developed to combat Nazis and Drug Lords using guns, knives, boots, razor blades, fists and bats.

Damian Ross has appeared in SWAT magazine, Black Belt Magazine, Martial Arts Masters Magazine, MAXIM Magazine, The Danny Bonaducci Show, Fox News, Penn and Teller’s BULLSH!T and makes regular appearances on mainstream media.



  • 4th Degree Black Belt Tekkenryu Jujutsu and Miltary Combatives under
    Carl Cestari
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt Judo Under Yoshisada Yonezuka
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt Tae Kwon Do 
  • Varsity Wrestling Lehigh University Coach Thad Turner
  • 2 time National Runner Up Judo, Black Belt Masters Division
  • 3rd Place Bando National Kickboxing Black Belt Division
  • State Champion Judo Black Belt Division
  • Multiple State and National Championships in Karate, Wrestling and Judo
  • Former Bouncer and Bodyguard with New Jersey Conceal Carry Permit
  • Former Varsity Wrestling Coach, Ridgewood High School, Ridgewood, NJ. 
  • Ridgewood High School Hall of Fame Wrestling Inducted 2008
  • Ridgewood High School Hall of Fame Football Inducted 2008
  • Bachelor of Arts, Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
  • Firefighter

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