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    • #10665
      Will Patterson

      G’afternoon Mr. Ross.
      I am SFC Will Patterson, a Soldier currently station in Vicenza, Italy. I am Combatives level II certified and will be attending the next level in Jan. I teach hand to hand to my soldiers as well as resiliency techniques, along with my normal day to day responsibilities. I greatly enjoy my work coaching, teaching and mentoring Soldiers to their potential. I recently started volunteering with the Family Advocacy Program to bring some of the mental and emotional techniques to the families. I would like to restart the self-defense program for them. While I know a fair amount of mixed martial arts and have taught some basic injure and escape methods before, I am hoping to develop something more comprehensive in nature that can be continued when I change stations. My intent is to have something in place by the time domestic violence awareness is upon us next year. Which gives me sometime to research all the technical, legal and safety measures that need to in place to run a program like this.
      Can you assist me in developing a program of instruction? I have no problem buying the program and learning from it, but I wanted you to be aware of why I was doing so and my hope to teach these techniques to others.
      Please let me know. Thank you for your time.

      Will Patterson
      SFC, USA

    • #12872
      James Goolsby


      I’m sure Damian will respond soon; he’s good about that. In the meantime, you might want to take a look at his FamilySafe program ( It covers a lot of this in detail and might just be what you’re looking for.

      Welcome to Insider. Stay safe, my friend.

    • #12876

      Thanks for your service Will and we will get you squared away.

      The Family Safe Program is for kids facing larger, determined and often familiar predators. While stranger danger is a concern the vast majority of crimes against children come from peers, parents, relatives and other people who have gained access to kids through their jobs like teachers, coaches, clergy as well as other social services. In this program we teach kid boundaries, communication, being aware of their personal space and NOT to get isolated. Tactically we teach them the same gross motor skills we teach to adults – it has the best chance of working. These methods enable them to get their attacker to pause and then they ESCAPE.

      There are specific tactical method of escape (look at SDTS Module 5) and then look at SDTS Module 1, Module 3, Module 9 and Module 11. Module 5 are the methods of escape and evasion – Module 1 is the foundation of the primary SDTS – Module 3 takes those primary skills and shows you how to use them on the ground and Modules 9 and 11 train you in edged, impact and improvised weapons.

      In the SDTS all of the instruction comes with the drills needed to perfect the skills.

      In the SDC Instructor Program, you will have access to all class syllabi and class structure.

      My suggestion is to start with the SDTS right here and go from there. If being an instructor is something you want to do, we can talk about that later.

      MMA is fun but it’s not the answer – now don’t get me wrong, the SDTS employs standing and ground techniques – there hasn’t been a decent system in history that didn’t advocate a multi-dimensional approach to self defense – but MMA is no more than answer than wrestling, BJJ, Judo, Kickboxing or all of those combined. Once you start the SDTS you’ll see what I mean.

      The work is actually done for you already. You don;t need to create a program, you just need to take it, train it and teach it.

    • #12924
      Will Patterson

      Mr. Ross and Mr. Goolsby,
      Thank you for taking the time to answer. I will definitely look at the above mentioned modules. I’ll be signing up today and digging into the program in my off time. I just finished teaching a basic combatives course this past week, which is why I was delayed in responding. Thank you again for your time.

    • #12925


      It’s our pleasure and ANYTHING we can do – please just ask..


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