You can't quit a fight. If you cannot commit to this training, then this training is not right for you. There are plenty of other systems that will allow you to quit. They will teach you physical skills. But they cannot teach you the power of resolve. In a fight, you must resolve to prevail. Your spirit cannot break or you will lose. And loss could mean death, of you or a loved one.


What is Self Defense?

"Self-defense is a set of awareness, assertiveness, verbal confrontation skills, safety strategies, and physical techniques that enable someone to successfully prevent, escape, resist and survive violent assaults. A good self-defense course provides psychological awareness and verbal skills, not just physical training.

National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence 

District Combatives believes the objective of personal protection is four-fold:

  1. Identify and detect violent threats in order to avoid them.
  2. De-escalate violent threats in order to defuse the aggressors. 
  3. Protect against violent threats with force that parallels the level of threat.
  4. Tactical disengagement, as soon as reasonably possible to avoid further provocation, escalation, or prolonged violent encounters. 

Each element of personal protection must correspond within the five elements of the law of self defense or you will likely find your ass in jail, as you face criminal charges and a possible civil lawsuit. The five elements of the law of self defense are...


1st Element - Innocence 

Legitimate self-defense is available only if you are an innocent party to the confrontation. If you initiate or sustain a confrontation, your actions cannot be justified as self-defense.

2nd Element - Imminence 

An imminent threat is one about to happen right now. Force used too soon or too late is not lawful. A threat of future harm is not an imminent threat against which defensive force can be used. Using force against another after the threat has passed is retaliation, not self-defense. [ 

3rd Element - Proportionality  

The degree of force you use to defend yourself must be proportionate to the degree of force used by your attacker. Any degree beyond that is excessive and unlawful.

4th Element - Avoidance  

In practical application, avoidance refers to taking advantage of a safe avenue of retreat before resorting to the use of force against an attacker.

5th Element - Reasonableness 

Reasonableness can be thought of as an umbrella that covers each of the other four elements. Everything you do in self-defense--your perceptions, your decisions, and your actions--must be reasonable.