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  • #10698

    theselfdefenseco
    Keymaster

    hi jerry powell here im loking forward to the training i guess 64yrs old is not to late.

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  • #12383
     theselfdefenseco 
    Keymaster

    Hi, I’m Damian Ross and I want to personally welcome you to Insider Training.
    We’ve been planing this platform for over a year because at the end of the day, Videos are good, Live Training is good and discussion groups like this forum are good as well.

    But they are all missing something.

    While Video is convenient, and consistent it doesn’t respond to you.
    The Forum is great to take the time, gather your thoughts and engage in discussion – which you’re not REALLY supposed to do in a class setting.
    Live training provides the feedback you want but you need to find an instructor, travel and hope that your schedule works out.

    All of the upside and NONE of the downside.

    That’s Insider Training.

    • #19366
       psm123 
      Participant

      Hi my name is Perry Sullivan I live in Boston and like the combatives here and have no partner and doing combatives solo. I like the way the whole setup is for training and it covers everything ground fighting and stand up combatives. thx
      perry

  • #12599
     Marko 
    Participant

    Hello,

    My name is Marko. I tried out the FREE lessons and decided to see Damian on ” the other side “.
    I was involved in martial arts from the ages of 15 to 30. I studied several different styles including
    Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, Karate, and Aikido.

    I am 47 years old now and had not worked out in over 15 years.

    With the way the world is going I saw a need for TRUE SELF DEFENSE…But where to start?
    So I searched the internet and found a few programs, but NONE with WRITTEN LESSONS AND VIDEO,
    along with additional support features.

    In my opinion this program provides the best format to securely learn, practice and GROW those valuable
    self defense skills needed today.

    Job Well DONE Mr. Ross!!!

    Lord Willing I will be able to complete all these lessons and truly master the much needed skills you teach…
    I am also excited and proud to study under such a distinguished lineage and become a part of that as well

    God Bless and please keep up the good work……You have my commitment to “train honestly”, as there is no other
    way to truly make this training ” apart of you” unless you do….

    Col. Marko
    ( Kentucky Colonel )

  • #12608
     theselfdefenseco 
    Keymaster

    Great to meet you Marko, welcome to the Inside.

  • #12757
     JDNichols 
    Participant

    Hey Legion Members, I’m Jim Nichols and I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and share how I became a Legion member and what’s happening at the Self Defense Company of Winchester. Some call me Jim some call me JD and some even call me DA Monk, I guess that one comes from my Shaolin Do Kung Fu days, along with this shaved head I sport. I was training in Combatives before Combatives were cool. I actually started about 1971 as a young boy in order to keep the knots off my head and keep my lunch money while riding the school bus. Later on I studied other types of martial arts and furthered my hand to hand in the United States Army. A few years ago I began to teach self-defense to a few select friends who had the need. That blossomed into a friend of a friend and so on. My problem was I didn’t have a formal program so what I taught was a few select hand to hand combat techniques and ten self-defense techniques from the Shaolin Do system.
    The training I provided would sure enough get someone out of a jam if they were good at it, the down fall was it took a great deal of time to learn and some of the techniques took some skill that only come with years of practice and not everyone was good at it. It was easy for me since I had years of practice but for the average Joe or Jolene it took more time than they could invest to really be good, and the biggest question was in a high stress situation could they remember how to use them. That made me very selective of who I trained and resulted in me turning some people away and in some cases it was people that really needed the training. My fear was I would set them up for failure because training for, and being in; a high stress situation is two different things. If they were in the middle of a scrap they wouldn’t be able to say let me try that again, or hold on I did that wrong, they had to know. I even thought about not training people at all. The problem was the people wouldn’t stop asking me to train them so I started to search for the best possible way I could get it done.
    Here’s where I found Damian Ross and The Self Defense Company. I started researching self-defense systems I would say hundreds of them, the problem was, they were almost all martial arts based, or so technical they would take years to learn and 90% of them were just plain silly. One night while surfing the internet for some reason I typed in combat self-defense and The Self Defense Company came up so I started to read. The thing that really got my attention was reading Damian’s Bio here’s a guy that is proficient in Tae Kwon Do, Jujutsu, Judo, Kickboxing and Wrestling and he doesn’t try to sale that for self-defense. I must know more, so I filled out the online form and Damian contacted me. After talking to him over the phone I knew he was the real deal. What I couldn’t believe is why didn’t I think of that, I’ve been doing this most of my life. But that didn’t matter I found what I was looking for and why reinvent the wheel It would cost me thousands and thousands of dollars to do what Damian had already done.
    Since joining the SDC family I have opened two locations and will open another this coming spring I have a one year contract to provide fitness training for 3 hospitals in their after hour’s fitness centers and I now have 3 employees helping me. I personally give self-defense classes 6 nights a week and a 1 hour Combat Fitness Class 7 nights a week, it takes a lot of work but I love it. I saw a post on here that a gentleman had been instructing part time for over 40 years and was looking to do it full time and wanted ideas of how to do it, it’s simple, do it! You have to talk to lots of people 1 in 20 may be serious. I still have seminars that hardly anyone shows up but you just finish it and move on, the next one you may have to turn people away, it’s the nature of this business. Anyway that’s a little about me, it’s your turn.

  • #12955
     Dave Williams 
    Participant

    [Damian Ross] – just saying hi! Are you getting an email notification about this?

  • #12956
     theselfdefenseco 
    Keymaster

    No [Dave Williams] I didn’t.

  • #13016
     Carlos Lozada 
    Participant

    HI all my name is Carlos Lozada I just decided to meet Damian Ross on the other side. Here trying it out and seeing how it goes for me.

  • #13018
     Dallas Williams 
    Participant

    Welcome aboard Carlos glad to have you on the inside Smile !

  • #13024
     theselfdefenseco 
    Keymaster

    Hey Carlos, Welcome to the Inside, please don;t hesitate to ask anything, well ALMOST anything.

  • #13122
     Anonymous

    Hi Damian Ross, other SDC instructors & legion members, my name’s Abel Mathews and I’m super stoked about signing up considering all the great reviews I’ve read.

    I’m based in India and have been looking for an effective system that address survival on the streets. I decided to give this system a shot since I’ve always wanted to train in a lethal form of self defense and in turn, teach them to the women in my life so that they too can keep themselves not just situationally aware, but be able to defend themselves. Eve-teasing and rape seem to be rampant and its getting really dangerous so here’s to hoping this sytem gives me and my family the know-how and the edge in a situation that I’m hoping we won’t have to come across ever.

  • #13130
     Richard Beagan 
    Participant

    Hello Everyone, I’m RIchard Beagan. I’m a cop in Roanoke VA and I trained in self defense using an earlier version of Damian’s system back in 2007. Anxious to get back into it and get trained up again. See you all soon.

  • #13135
     James Goolsby 
    Participant

    @richard Beagan said:

    Hello Everyone, I’m RIchard Beagan. I’m a cop in Roanoke VA and I trained in self defense using an earlier version of Damian’s system back in 2007. Anxious to get back into it and get trained up again. See you all soon.

    Welcome, Richard. I’m a LEO in Nashville. It’s a pleasure to meet you. Smile

  • #13139
     theselfdefenseco 
    Keymaster

    Hey Rich, welcome back brother.

  • #13161
     Dave Williams 
    Participant

    Welcome Richard glad your back on the inside..

  • #13204
     namon washington 
    Participant

    Hello everyone, I’m Namon and am very excited about being on the Inside with like minded people. Damian i am so impressed with your system… I have just completed module #3 and I feel more confidence and a better piece of mind already. I am going to be 50 in April, and I feel like i’m just starting to bloom! Thank you Damian for this great system… and also for keeping it REAL!!

  • #13205
     Dallas Williams 
    Participant

    There is something I would like to share with the SDC community because I feel like we are all family here like brothers. I was born with a birth defect called a diaphragmatic hernia, a condition where there is a hole in the diaphragm that allows the intestines to travel up into the chest cavity. This wasn’t found out and didn’t manifest itself into any real problems, until I was a month old. To make a long story short my mother tried feeding me milk but she noticed that I couldn’t drink and breathe at the same time and kept coughing and spitting up and refusing to feed. She just attributed it to colic or something of that nature and decided to put me down for a nap and thought I might feel better later. But when she returned to check on me a few minutes later she noticed I was unconscious and not breathing and that I had dark blue bruised looking spots on my back from lack of oxygen. So my parents rushed me to the hospital which was a 30 minute drive away, where they basically had to do emergency surgery to save my life and said I had less than a 5 percent chance of survival and even less chance of survival without some sort of permanent physical or mental disability due to damage to my intestnes or chest cavity or brain damage due to lack of oxygen. However, I ended up making a full recovery without any permanent damage to either my body or my brain that I know of other than this big ass scar across my abdomen. So if you guys wonder while I may say or do some fucked up things from time to time I have an excuse, lol I literally was deprived of oxygen at infancy. I realize how fortunate I was to survive such an ordeal, especially back in 1986 when medicine was still in it’s infancy compared to today and I know God or fate(if you don’t believe in God) has a reason for saving me from death at such an early age but I have yet to figure out exactly what my purpose and mission is here on earth at age 27. However, if I can help save lives and protect people from potential harm from those with predatory intentions by helping to get the word out there about the SDC then at least maybe that is a good start and I’m accomplishing something with the gift of life I’ve been blessed with.

  • #13208
     James Goolsby 
    Participant

    Dallas, my friend, you are and will continue to be an inspiration to us all.

    Stay safe, brother.

  • #13210
     Dave Williams 
    Participant

    Dallas, I believe we are all here for a reason. You me and I’m sure a few others here have had our brushes with death and that is what makes us the people we are today. I’m glad your here today with us and the SDC family and like you I feel if I an help save just one person my life is worth it. I know someone or something is up there watching us, back in 86 you had someone right there with you pushing you thru that tough time to get you here today. I had my own experience back in 02, bad car wreck at a race (it was a legal race not a back street fast and furious style race) a broken neck, 3 month long coma an two intense years of physical therapy. And here I am today on this board with you my SDC brothers a better person a stronger person. Keep your head up Dallas and keep on with the good your doing, and may your life positively effect those around you… Train and Live honestly!

  • #13214
     ThomasPowers 
    Participant

    Hello All….

    Glad to see the forum up and running again. Some of you may remember me as the former Facepunch Forum Admin. I have been stupid busy for the past 6 months with my regular business…but have made the time to come back to the wonderful world of the SDTS and all you guys. I see a bunch of new names, and some familiar old ones. Good to see you all!!

    I am a Level 4 SDTS instructor, and have been since 2010. I run Tomahawk Self Defense in Tomahawk Wisconsin. Some of you may have worked with me in your video certifications on the old forum…..and I am stoked to see what Insider has become. As always…love to hear from you guys.

    Thanks…talk to you soon

    TP

  • #13229
     JDNichols 
    Participant

    Hey Tom, glad to see you made it to the inside. Like you, I have been busy at The Self Defense Company of Winchester and don’t get to visit here as much as I would like, but that is a good problem to have. Take care and good to hear from you.

  • #13244
     Jan Stampley 
    Participant

    Hi everybody I’m Jan, a 66yo male with some experience in martial arts and most recently boxing. Yet, I still don’t believe I have a good sense of being able to defend myself in hand-to-hand combat. I am working my way through module 1, and I already know I’ll need hands on training. Is there anyone in the Chicago south/southwest suburbs I can get train with?

  • #13245
     theselfdefenseco 
    Keymaster

    Welcome to the Inside Jan. We are constantly developing new instructors. But you can also do a live session with one of our certified instructors. Click on the Real Time Training link and take a look.

    One person you might want to look at [George Hutchings].

  • #13314
     J R 
    Participant

    Hi, Jacquar Roston. I live in Las Vegas and know for sure that The SDC is the real deal. I have trained in other styles but none were as effective as SDC. I am grateful for what we have here. I have been slacking on my training recently and know that I need to get back on it. It saved me once, I am sure it will again in the future.

  • #13389
     theselfdefenseco 
    Keymaster

    Hey JR, great to hear from you! Our web guy [Dave Williams] loves your story.

    Look, you never leave, you can’t. You just make it a part of what you do. I have two dummies – one inside, one outside and I just knock the crap out of them from time to time.

    Sometimes with an empty hand, other times with whatever I grab.

    don;t get me wrong, there are times to set aside come time to work out, but all in all, a little here and a little there goes a long way.

  • #13412
     Dave Williams 
    Participant

    Hey JR I understand what ya saying. I am an life insurance guy and dot get a lot of time to train so you gotta make due with what you got. Tonight I was able to do 2 rounds of combat conditioning from mod 7 and only 15 mins of SDTS mods 1-5. In that 15 mins you gotta just go. Have your work out written out on something, paper, cardboard, chalk board. You get the idea just have it big enough to see where you don’t have to move and look at a little piece of paper. Keep it simple and just train. Tonight I just stuck with the basics mainly mod 1 and the combos from mods 2,3,4,&5. Nothing special just smashing the wave master. Remember this is a lifestyle so a little bit at a time over time goes a long way.

  • #13417
     Stephen Drake 
    Participant

    Hey. Happy New Year from Dubai.

    Been with the SDC for a little over 5 years. Been lucky enough to put over 400 ex pats and a few of the locals through the 10 lesson Self Defense Program. Also did a training stint at the Punishment & Corrections center in Abu Dhabi.

    Old injury caught up with me again last year so not as many classes these days, however I have a couple of seminars booked in over in Bahrain next week.

    Find out what I do and who I do it with here https://www.facebook.com/SdcDubaiUae

    Stephen Drake MBA MCMI

    Level 4 SDTS Professional Instructor / Guardian Defensive Tactics Instructor

  • #13422
     theselfdefenseco 
    Keymaster

    Happy New Year Steve!!!

    Get some of those Instructors on the floor for you. Then you can be “Managing Director”.

  • #13439
     grhutchings 
    Participant

    Hey everyone.

    Just want to say hey to everyone on the “inside“ . My name is George Hutchings and I am a Level 4 Instructor in Canada. It is awesome that you have all joined and if you need any support at all please feel free to reach out. This forum is an amazing place for like minded individuals.

  • #13521
     Dave Williams 
    Participant

    Hey [Damian Ross] – testing everything under https now. Secure & 100% private communications, baby :)

  • #16489
     Josh 
    Participant

    Hello all.
    My name is Josh, I’m 37 (this year). I’m a National Registry EMS Provider for 10+ years now (8+ as Paramedic) in a small Arkansas town (“small” being relative term though, my Service operates 3 24 hour/365 day Paramedic units with an average monthly call volume of 250-300! Lol).
    I’ve been interested in traditional martial arts for most of my life; no ranks, because there’s virtually no instructors of any kind near where I’ve lived.
    I discovered “combatives” a few years ago (Kelly McCann/Jim Grover) but haven’t found a way to really study in a more serious or frequent manner.
    Then I literally stumbled upon SDC while searching for combatives or self defense on Google. I liked what I’ve read, and I’m dying to download or view the video segments! But I felt I should intro myself first.

  • #16857
     Richard Tabaka 
    Member

    Hello Everyone,
    My name is Rick. I’m 54 years old and I’ve had an interest in martial arts all my life. I trained in Ninjutsu back in the early 90’s and also had some training in Tae kwon Do. I was not all that interested in the sport aspect of martial arts but I liked the practical side of being able to defend one’s self and one’s family. Being a history buff and having a father who fought in WWII, I eventually read books like Colonel Rex Applegate’s Kill or be Killed and others. While researching combatives the same names kept popping up, Carl Cestari and Damian Ross. I found SDC over a year ago but didn’t make the leap until today. I really enjoy the material so far and I like the idea that self defense shouldn’t just be for the fit or the young, after all the older we get the more likely we’ll be a target. Lots of good stuff here. I look forward to corresponding with you via the forums.

  • #17022
     theselfdefenseco 
    Keymaster

    Welcome to the SDC Rich!

  • #17046
     Shayne Whitehouse 
    Participant

    Hi all

    Just wanted to introduce myself. I have around 10 years of experience in several defence systems including Systema which was my initial start and provided a nice framework to add other tools such as TFT, Shredder and some of my own findings. Still on this journey and looking forward to learning all about Damian’s system and learning from others in this forum.

  • #17089
     theselfdefenseco 
    Keymaster

    Welcome to the SDC Shayne.

  • #17090
     Jordan Carver 
    Participant

    I just wanted to say hello to everyone and that I’m looking forward to training with the SDC.

  • #17165
     Meb 
    Member

    Hello to all instructors, students, and everyone else! My name is Meb. I am a combatives enthusiast and self defense practitioner. I am looking forward to training the SDC modules. Thanks again for consolidating all this great information!

  • #17172
     Daren Williams 
    Participant

    Hello my name is Daren Williams and I have been doing Combatives on and off for 15 years. and this is by far the best laid out program I’ve found no need to look anywhere else. Good luck to all!

  • #17178
     Andrew Matich 
    Participant

    Hello my name is Andrew Matich and I just joined today, I’ve been interested in self defense for a few years now and this system looks awesome!

  • #18054
     Sl 
    Participant

    Hello and hi. I am Suleiman. But you can call me Sl. Your posts and contributions are encouraging. Thank you all.
    I have to specially thank Damian for the constant and persistent mails and reminders. I do appreciate it. (Really got som biz tips there, lol)
    I have been reading the mails on and off, and then off for a long time. Since around 2 years ago up until now. I feel an immense joy.
    I am not into martial arts that much. Only a taekwondo blue belt. And its been six years since i last trained. You could say i am just a beginner!

    Fews years back i accidently fought with somebody, couldnt remember my taek skills in the fight. Then i began to realize that street fight is a whole new ball game. This aroused my curiosity to enquire about other martial arts, which taek skills are readily applicable on the street, began searching on the internet casually and occasionally. I somehow stumbled on SDTS.

    Insight and common sense told me street fighting is different, or rather, i need to learn self defense. After watching some SDTS videos, i new this was the real deal (from my taek experience) and so i subscribed to the mails 2 yrs back. Here i am today.
    Coming from Nigeria, the culture and environment is entirely different. But crime is the same everywhere. We see that a lot here: Theft, armed robbery, violent protests etc.
    My passion is not really martial arts, but to learn to fight to defend myself. I am really passionate about this. Common sense says self defense skills is a must, but most people are negligent- until it is too late.

    Damian, thank you again. This is invaluable and i feel i owe you my contributions!

  • #19583
     Kenneth Klotzback 
    Participant

    Hey, sorry I took a little long to introduce myself, From Puerto Rico hello to all, my name is Kenneth. I’m glad to be aboard and learning. Crime here is out of control to such an extent I had to move two years after buying a house, now I live in a rented apartment in a closed and private community. Hope to learn a lot and get a better hang of defending my family. Thanks to all and Damian for putting this system together.

  • #23163
     Vince Olech 
    Participant

    Hi, my name is Vince Olech and I currently live in rural, Northwestern, Ohio. It’s quiet here for the most part. I want to thank Damian Ross for his efforts with SDTS. It is awesome. It’s a straight, to the point, no bullshit, get ‘er done system. It’s what we need more of. A bit of history on me: I have been a deputy or city cop off and on since 1987; serving in South Carolina, Florida, and Washington, D.C./Va/Md. I have studied Thai Boxing, Jeet Kune Do, Kung Fu San Soo and a lot of street fighting with rednecks and other assholes. And for the past year or so, SDTS. SDTS reminds me of my first defensive tactics instructor at the SC Police Academy, who said the way to win a fight is to inflict high intensity pain. (Imagine that statement from a 5’7″ very southern retired SC Trooper, who was pulled from the street because he hurt too many bad guys; HA) When it comes down to it, whether you are a SWAT officer all dressed up with a door to knock down, trying to apprehend a felon at 3 a.m., or trying to “talk” some sense into some hard head; in the end they don’t give a rat’s ass what you know. The only way to get their “cooperation,” or just do your job and go home alive that night means you need to introduce them to a concrete pillar, the ground or effect something that will definitely cause them to reconsider their initial poor response. It takes knowing what you are doing, then doing it if necessary. Your, wife, children or anyone else depending on you will thank you when you all go home and someone else doesn’t; but perhaps gets a ride to the nearest hospital. Hey, not violence for violence sake, but being prepared, and able and willing to do what it takes. Preparation is the highest form of believing. Damian, thanks for your efforts, they are worth it. We just need to step up to the plate and take care of business. Glad to be here!!!

  • #23165
     theselfdefenseco 
    Keymaster

    Vince,

    Great to meet you and THANK YOU!!

    We need more people like you who understand the reality of what we face out there and are willing to do what’s needed to be truly prepared.

    D

  • #23585
     Dean Goldade 
    Participant

    Hello,
    I am Dean Goldade. I began my journey as a kid first in boxing with my Dad and wrestling in school. In 72 I caught the martial arts bug watching Bruce Lee. I have trained and taught martial arts and combatives for the majority of my life. I enjoy seeing other approaches to the arts and combatives and try to absorb what’s useful. Some systems have a lot of useful stuff and sometimes not so much.. I like the SDC approach and the Keep it simple mindset. I have learned hundreds of techniques over the years, and will only use a handful when rubber hits the road.. I love the mindset, the reality in action and expectations. I enjoy working the material and once I feel I have a good handle on it, I will think more seriously about becoming an instructor.. In a nutshell.. This is good shit, and I am enjoying it.. :-)

  • #23635
     theselfdefenseco 
    Keymaster

    Great to hear from you Dean.

    Like you I wanted to be Bruce Lee…who didn’t. It’s only after people like us go through enough real crap that we come to understand what works and what’s for show.

    I think even Bruce at his core believed that SIMPLE WAS BETTER. It was only after his death that all of these people popped up and complicated things.

  • #23636
     theselfdefenseco 
    Keymaster

    Oh..and boxing and wrestling is a great combination :)

  • #23684
     Dean Goldade 
    Participant

    Thanks for all you do.. I look forward to training with you guys.

  • #26380
     John Cannon 
    Participant

    I just turned 39 and grew up in the ’80’s. I have no military history, police training nor a history of anyone being violent toward me. I just want to be able to protect my new wife and future children.

    I wrestled in Jr. High. The wresting coach’s brother taught Tae Kwon Do and I wrestled and practiced Tae Kwon Do for two years. In Jr. High, I began reading the Tao of Jeet Kune Do. The only thing that stuck with me from that book was the necessity of finding a fighting system that fit reality. Tae Kwon Do became too traditional for me and I went looking for a more realistic fighting system where I lived.

    There was no fighting system that satisfied me in Western North Carolina and I ended up taking Karakido for two years in High School. I came to believe that Karakido was highly convoluted and a worse fighting system than Tae Kwon Do.

    I swore off Martial Arts and would not learn any other fighting style until I found something that would empower a short 5’4″ man like myself to win against real world violence against bigger men than I.

    Twenty years later, I discovered Target Focus Training and The Self-Defense Company and I wanted to decide between the two and devote my learning to only one of them.

    I chose The Self-Defense Company because I believe Damian is better, hands down.

    I appreciate Damian recommending Judo on his blog along with this combative system. In the coming years, I am going to learn both. At the moment, I’m exercising and whipping myself into shape after 20 years of no exercise.

    I never worried about my safety when I was single. Now, that I’m married (two years, now), being able to protect my family against possible violence has become my top priority… simply because I believe it is my job as a man. I am old-fashioned and proud of it.

    Thank you for this simple, brutal system. I needed both of those qualities.

  • #26385
     grhutchings 
    Participant

    Welcome to the inside. If you ever have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. That is what we are here for.

  • #26387
     John Cannon 
    Participant

    Thank you!

  • #26390
     Vince Olech 
    Participant

    Hay John, completely agree with you this system. Of course, or why else would I be writing here? Target Focus was Tim Larkin’s attempt at copying SCARS; he was one Jerry’s top students. I trained with that for a number of years until getting into Kung Fu San Soo from which SCRAS was based. Good stuff, but it does takes years and years to master. The masters are VERY good but I don’t personally have the next 20 years to perfect a fighting system. SDTS is f___ng awesome. It is straightforward and brutal; just what we need. And practice is fun; I mean we’re guys we like hitting stuff. Thought I would add my two cents in complimenting you on your worthwhile choice.

  • #26392
     John Cannon 
    Participant

    I had no idea about all of the history you shared about SCARS and TFT. I was also interested in SCARS but I just found SDTS a much more compelling system. It wasn’t conscious. I can’t say that I was just so smart that I chose SDTS over SCARS. It was an emotional choice. I just lost interest in SCARS the more I gathered information about everything and SDTS.

    I purchased the Elite program of SDTS 2 years ago. Only now am I beginning to dive in and commit myself to it because I find I just prefer it over every other system I look into. I ALWAYS end up back here. Damian’s emails, blog posts and stuff inside the membership area just resonate with me much more than anything else I find.

    Thank you for the very informative reply.

  • #26439
     theselfdefenseco 
    Keymaster

    Great to have you here John – good stuff guys.

  • #26616
     Ross Pantell 
    Participant

    Hi Ross Pantell here from Breinigsville, PA. I just joined last night and very excited to get started. I am 58 years old who travels a lot internationally to Asia, Central America and Caribbean. With the safety issues going on in today’s environment it is time I learned to protect myself and family.

    I am ready to go….thank you Damian for creating this program!

    All the best,
    Ross

  • #26639
     theselfdefenseco 
    Keymaster

    Great to see you finally made it here!

    Never hesitate to contact us with any questions.

  • #28255
     ZzYYT4To5@gmail.com 
    Participant

    Hi there, please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Lee Dugas, I am 52 yo, and I live in Mt Vernon, OH. I served in the Army for 13 years, and I have trained in Martial Arts (Shodokan & Tai Kwon Do) for 8 years. However, I have been out of the dojo for about 10 years and have been having the urge to get back in, getting back to a comfort level, a proficiency level terribly lately – so here I am! I have been shopping around, but just didn’t want to join any of the money sucking, belt factories. I was about to pull the trigger on a local Krav Maga school…cause I really like the philosophy of it being a “system” and NOT an “art”. I’m not looking for an art anymore, I am looking for practicality, real world, self defense….and this is what it looks like I have found. I cannot wait to get started. Thanks Damian for putting out a product much needed!
    In closing, I truly think the “arts” are great for kids to teach discipline, the respect for the arts, form, etc etc . But as an adult…..you NEED real world practicality! All the Kaddas/forms will do nothing but get you hurt!

  • #34031
     Mark Hale 
    Participant

    Hi Mark S Hale from Chicago! New Instructor and I am enjoying meeting and working with everyone.

  • #40375
     nwillison21@gmail.com 
    Participant

    Clearly, I’m a little late getting to this party. I am Nate, located in south central (Madison) Wisconsin, US. There is so much to me that I could not even begin to put it into an intro. I’m a jack of all trades, currently working private sector security. I personally believe that one aspect of personal responsibility defined is taking ownership of your personal safety. This is why I pursued becoming a SDC instructor. prior to joining, I’d been a defender and protector, painting a target on me for bullies to leave those less capable alone. This turned into that and turned into the other thing. Then, upon reviewing SDC content, and seeing the same things I know to work being so methodically trained in such a learning conducive environment, I had to jump on board. This stuff works, and I want to be able to further help others by helping you discover what will work for you and your unique personal defense needs.

    Check out my instructor website with the link provided below. Thank you for joining and being a part of the best self defense solution available!

    ~Nate the Norseman – Level 3 SDC Instructor – “Embrace challenge”

    https://bit.ly/2E2lDK2

  • #78673
     teukuriza@gmail.com 
    Participant

    Hi Damian,

    I am Riza & I’m from the other side of the world Indonesia, I’m just a nerdy guy who got bullied & mugged a lot when I was young which made me questioned all those martial arts. Anyway, it takes me almost a lifetime but I finally find this system that actually works. Because everyone else still thinks MMA like they going to fight the streets like in an action movie.

  • #81162
     theselfdefenseco 
    Keymaster

    Welcome to the SDC Riza – Thank you for finding us!!!

  • #101399
     amourdresbach@gmail.com 
    Participant

    My name is Amour Dresbach. I was in the U.S. Army, which doesn’t amount to shit when it comes to self-defense. I have learned that quite a few things mean nothing or very little when it comes to protection of self and others in my many studies and much training. Then I found The Self Defense Company, which is absolutely full of information and training and is much like the way I would establish a self defense company. I am all about efficiency, learning and teaching quickly, being educated in and training in everything related to protecting oneself and one’s property. Quite a bit of relevant information is to be found with the SDC.

  • #107320
     grhutchings 
    Participant

    Welcome to the SDC and if you ever have any questions just ask

  • #137968
     Mircea Ciurea 
    Participant

    Hello!
    I am Mircea,50 years old. I am from Europe, Romania. I am interested in this kind of education.
    Thank you Damian and SDTS team for your work!I believe I did not pay enough money for such a treasure of knowledge.
    Hello to all my colleagues!

  • #138041
     grhutchings 
    Participant

    Welcome to the network. If you ever need any help please feel free to message me.

  • #138075
     Brandon H 
    Participant

    Hey Everyone,

    I’m Brandon. I’m from Davenport, IA, USA. I am 27 years old and have been a life long practitioner of martial arts and martial concepts. I am one of the owners of a martial arts school in the area and I am always looking for new ideas myself and my students. We teach Bjj/JJJ, Muay Thai/ boxing/kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Derobio Eskrima, Modern Arnis, Dirty Boxing, MMA and other things as well.

  • #138077
     grhutchings 
    Participant

    Welcome to the network Brandon. Glad you found us. You are definitely in the right place for ideas of things you can add to your training. I come from a traditional martial arts and combat sports background as well and you will find that learning more about combatives will be eye opening and give you a lot more to offer your students. If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our qualified instructors.

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