Street Smart Self-Defense

Street Smart Self-Defense is a “cut to the chase” seminar that provides the essentials for navigating potential dangers with a sense of confidence and good sense. The seminar was designed by current and retired Defensive Tactics Instructors from the NYPD, who believe that protecting oneself should not belong to a secretive monopoly of elites conferring colored belts on one another but rather should be an obligation open and possible to all—without having to spend years to get what is needed. Participants will learn:

  • The Roots of Hesitancy

  • Myths about Violence

  • What predators look for 

  • Strategies for projecting strength

  • The value of intuition and respecting your inner voice

  • How your body is instinctually wired to defend itself—and how to use your wired responses

  • Honing Situational Awareness

  • What to do if you believe that someone is following you

  • Strategies for Elevators and ATM’s


Navigating encounters that carry the potential for volatility and violence requires a network of mutually supporting skills: sensitivity to behavioral cues—verbal and non-verbal alike; situational acuity; flexible decision-making; contextual awareness of environmental variables such as time, space, barriers and angles; conveying professionalism and competence by way of language, tone and posture. Mastery of these mutually supporting skills establishes the conditions for successful de-escalation.

Topics with tailored practical applications include:

  • Non-violent Posture Theory

  • The Utility of Intuition 

  • Behavioral Cues

  • Time-compressed Decision-Making

  • Active and Reactive Postures

  • Ingredients of Professionalism

  • Essentials of Effective Communication


To achieve goals within an organization, to articulate a common sense of purpose and to steer personnel towards a shared mission require solid leadership. But what is a leader? Leadership is more than mere management, more than mere orders and rules. The leader inspires, draws out the potential in subordinates and fosters organizational unity. This seminar analyzes the elements of good leadership, particularly within the field of law enforcement.

Topics discussed during the seminar include:

  • Toxic Management: Definition and History

  • Setting the example: the “Follow Me” theory of Leadership

  • The essence of effective supervision: fault vs. responsibility

  • Leadership and Management: Some Important Differences

  • “Dogs don’t fight with puppies” Principle

Active Shooters: How to Prepare

Littleton, Colorado. Blacksburg, Virginia. Paducah, Kentucky. Bethel, Alaska. Red Lions, Pennsylvania. San Ysidro, California. The tragic history of the phenomenon of workplace violence is clear: it can happen anywhere. Don’t be caught unaware and unprepared. Understanding and planning make the difference between prevailing and succumbing. This seminar aims to cut through the myths and misrepresentations clouding the realities of the phenomenon of workplace violence and the so-called “Active Shooter,” impeding sensible planning, management and response. Solutions are possible but only by forging new perspectives. The true “first responders” to these incidents—teachers, staff, hall monitors, office workers must not and should not believe that their only “strategy” is to wait and pray for law enforcement to arrive in time as their lives hang in the balance. The data shows clearly that when the moment calls for it and avoidance is no option, decisive action even by the unarmed has proven effective. The mental tools and practical applications developed in this seminar invest participants with the wherewithal needed when action is the only choice.

NYS DCJS Basic Course for Peace Officers and Annual Recertification Class

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Basic Course for Peace Officers, derived from the Municipal Police Training Council’s Basic Course for Police Officers, is the basic training program for all non-custodial peace officers prescribed by NYS Criminal Procedure Law §2.30. Topics taught during the course include (but are not limited to): 

  • Constitutional Law

  • Discretionary Powers

  • NYS Penal Law Offenses

  • NYS Criminal Procedure Law

  • Defensive Tactics and Principles of Control

  • Use of Force and Deadly Physical Force

  • Active Shooter

  • Aerosol Subject Restraint

  • Firearms Safety and Handling

  • Ethics and Professionalism; Professional Communication

  • Fundamental Crisis Intervention Skills

  • Persons with Disabilities

  • Report Writing

  • Civil Liability

NYS DCJS Annual Recertification

  • Aerosol Subject Restraint (OC Spray)

  • Impact Weapons

  • Firearms

Instinctual to Tactical Conversion: Self Defense Under Stress

The current state of defensive tactics is burdened with techniques centered in fine and complex motor skill the application of which assumes cognitive balance under ideal conditions. While impressively fancy, such techniques wither and vanish under the stress of real world violence. But the body is an effective weapon, built to defend itself. Instinctual defensive responses have a provably adaptive value. Those concerned with defending themselves—and all of us should be concerned with defending ourselves—ought to integrate those responses into our arsenal of strategies for navigating the unpredictable dynamics of the street. This hands-on course explores the critical concept of “instinctual to tactical” conversion, incorporating the power of instinctual response as a vehicle to the practice of self-defense.

In addition to the classes described above, we customize classes to meet the goals of clients.