CHIRON TRAINING                                 Rory Miller



My seminars are a little different.  The process begins with figuring out exactly where you and your students are now and what I can give them.  Generally I believe there are seven things an instructor must cover to teach self-defense:

  1. 1) The legal and ethical aspects of force

  2. 2)Violence and crime dynamics

  3. 3)Avoidance and de-escalation

  4. 4)Conditioned response to ambushes

  5. 5)Breaking the freeze

  6. 6)The fight itself

  7. 7)The medical, legal and emotional aftermath

This list is a good place to start evaluating where you are and what you need.  We then look at skill base and your school’s or system’s strategies.  For instance, my personal ‘A’ list for counter-ambush won’t help you a damn bit unless you are also an infighter.  It does no good to teach things that aren’t compatible with your core.  Anything I bring shouldn’t be a replacement set of skills or even completely new.  It should be a slightly different way of looking at things to bring dojo lessons into line with reality.

All seminars are custom-designed for you. Or you can just have me wing it and we’ll spend the day with whatever I’m curious about at the time.

WORKSHOPS are shorter classes on specific subjects.

For Martial Artists:

  1. -Force Law                          - Predator dynamics                    - Power Generation

  2. -Joint locks                          - Take Downs                              - Seven Stages

  3. -Counter assault                  - Layered Grappling                    - Environmental Fighting

  4. -Types of Violence               - Principles & Concepts                - Awareness Based Training

For Writers:

  1. -Villains                              - Force Law and Policy                - Violence, Weapons and Wounds

For Administrators, and Leaders:

  1. -After-Action Debriefing                                - Information Management

For Emergency Services Personnel:

  1. -Use of Force                       - Working With a Translator        - Cross Cultural Communication

  2. -Crisis Communication          - Class III Weapon Retention        - Team Tactics

  3. -Intuition and Articulation      - Applicable classes from the Martial Arts menu


I will review reports, policy and/or video, and present an informed written or verbal analysis of a specific force event.  This will help attorneys and others to understand whether a particular incident was legal or illegal; within or outside of policy.  I can also (usually) point out to the jury the actual cues that triggered specific actions.

Law Enforcement and Corrections Consultations

I am willing to evaluate policy, environments and communication flow for law enforcement agencies or employee associations.  In either case it will be my duty to suggest improvements to make a more efficient and safer organization.


First one is free.  Be clear on this: what I teach isn’t for everybody.  If your primary goal is to feel like a bad-ass or enrich your fantasy life there are other instructors who can do that for you. They’ll be easier and cheaper, too.

These are the basic questions I ask any prospective student:

Safety questions:

How is your distancing?  How are your breakfalls?

Any old injuries, physical limitations or serious psychological blocks (such as fear of falling, panic reactions if you can't move, or too arrogant to tap out)?  Hate to ask this one: Do you know what tapping out is?  My usual safety word, indicating 'freeze' and/or 'ease up pressure'  is "(redacted)", is there another one you are used to, like "mattai?"

General questions:  What do you hope to learn?  What are your strengths, weaknesses and doubts or unknown areas of combatives/violence?  Break those down physically, technically and emotionally if you wish.

Last question- there are lots of teachers out there. Why study this and why me?

If you are interested, think about why I ask these questions and what that implies.


Contact me directly.

-Seminars and Workshops

-Force Analysis

-Law Enforcement and Corrections Consulting

-PSD and Overseas Contracting

-Security Analysis

-Private Lessons


Review facilities, policies and specific threats for private companies and individuals.


There is a rule of thumb in this business that there are three kinds of training: Effective Training; Feel-Good Training; and Liability Reduction Training. 

I won’t do the last two.

It is easier to instill confidence than competence, and training designed to increase confidence without competence can set the student up for failure.  It is far easier to report good training than it is to conduct good training, and too often this has been sufficient for people interested in personal liability protection and unconcerned about who might get hurt.  I believe that instilling solid skills increases confidence without over-confidence and that troops who are trained and empowered to make good decisions are the best liability protection