Elite Member Spotlight: Richard Turner

Elite Member Spotlight: Richard Turner

How to Kick Ass with Only One Leg.

Meet Rich Turner who at the age of 18 months lost his leg in a riding lawnmower accident. Since then Rich was bullied and he had NO CHOICE but to learn how to fight. 

Rich recalls  having to fight as early as kindergarten, “My only other choice was to be a walking punching bag and that wouldn’t work for me. When I got older, I started looking into self defense because I wanted to know how to protect myself in any situation. You can’t learn that just by street fighting.”

Rich doing what he does best…defying the odds.

Rich has studied multiple martial arts and self defense systems over the course of his life and was extremely disappointed every time until he found a home with The Self Defense Training System™.

“I chose the SDTS because after extensive research on many other types of self defense…. To be brutally honest…they were a joke!! 

I took a chance on SDTS and bought the Elite Membership and have never looked back.

I practice regularly on my own. I even have had Federal Air Marshals, and Former Marines ask me where I learned some of the SDTS moves because they tell me that it’s some of  the same stuff they were taught.”

Rich says the easiest part about SDTS is that you don’t have to spend hours or weeks or months or even years learning multiple things that will not work in real world situations.

“You do it, you practice it, you know it….but easy is a far cry from what it takes to REALLY condition yourself. It takes hard work and determination. But IT IS WORTH EVERY SECOND!”

Rich found that the hardest part about adapting his disability to self defense is the same difficulty he’s had all of his life….

“I cannot stand on my left leg with my knee bent. It will just fold up on me. I cannot do a double pump kick while on the ground. So instead, I’m  going to try to kick a guy’s leg off from his body with one kick from one very strong leg.”

There are so many simple, everyday tasks that that Rich finds difficult, however Self defense is not one of them…and neither is climbing! “I can put on a set of tree spikes and climb a tree.”

Which brings us to Rich’s other passion…Rock Climbing.

“I can climb cliffs and I can run, and make no mistake –   if I kick someone with a leg made of carbon fiber I am going to break whatever I kick…and I’m not going to feel a thing.”

Rich has discovered how to use his leg as a tool.

“Sometimes it’s a pry bar, sometimes it’s a vice and many times it’s a hammer.”

Rich’s words of wisdom, “Don’t get discouraged when you find things you can’t do. Work with what you got and you will FIND A WAY!” 

 …And that’s what Self Defense at the SDC is about…ADAPTING YOUR CURRENT SKILL SET to meet your constant self defense need. 

“I have fought hard to get to where I am in life and I enjoy passing what I know on to others whether they are disabled or not. I love the SDTS and I just purchased Operation Phoenix as well. I can’t wait to come train with Damian and the SDC Team you one day.”

Hey Rich – it will be our honor to train with you. Thank you for finding us and thank you for always finding a way!

You embody the Spirit of the SDTS.

Published by theselfdefenseco

Founder, The Self Defense Company

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10 Comments

  1. I am 69 and have not been good to my body. After thirty-six years in law enforcement, I have two new leg joints and need two new shoulders. You give me hope and encouragement. Thank you. okn

    1. O.K. Neal,
      Of all the things I do, bring an encouragement to others is what I enjoy the most. Our character is defined by how we act when times are tough. It is not always easy to do the right thing, but it is usually worth it.

      Stay strong
      Richard

  2. To Richard Turner & OK ONeil,
    Welcome to the “Club”! We may have physical limitations, true, but the worst ar in your head! Keep going! The SDTS is a great team of Instructors and members. And don’t ever ever quit! Life is too valuable, and so are you!

  3. There is no such thing as disabled, I call it differently abled. I lost my left foot due to a brown recluse spider bite 2 1/2 years ago. I am stronger than I have been in 10 years. I do the SDTS simply because it’s the most effective and simplest self defense system. Note; I was watching the military history channel 2 nights ago and they were talking about a WW2 special op team called The Apache Corps. Self defense techniques were being demonstrated, what did they show?
    The SDTS! The Navy Seal who was hosting the show was blowing his mind!
    BTW I have been a Martial Artist for over 4 decades. I am 67 years old and not to be trifled with!

  4. I’m 73 and never had much confidence in myself, but I feel that it’s never too late to get what I never had and be glad in it!!! What do you think?

    1. I started my journey here in the Self Defense Company as a student, and was so impressed by the quality of the content and the way it was being taught I became an instructor. You can do this.

  5. Absolutely
    You can

    Of you dont think can you wont
    ou wont !!!

    But if you think you can you will.

  6. Find a way. It’s out there, you need to figure it out and that’s what most people DON’T DO….and that’s why they’re most people.

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