•     Introduction to Violence (Ambushes and Thugs)

1- or 2-day seminar.  Lecture, physical and video.  Requires AV equipment, kicking shields, white board.  For second day requires non-dojo areas, such as parking lots, stairways and restrooms.  30 people maximum.

Student profile: Appropriate for everyone, mentally, this is an introduction to the way violent criminals work. Physically, it is a series of exercises to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of a person’s natural motion. If you’re a martial artists, the class will show you where your skills fit. If you are not a martial artist, the class will help activate your instinctive survival knowledge.


     •     Context of Violence, Self-Defense Law (US only), Violence Dynamics (Lectures)

     •     Power Generation

     •     Counter Ambush

     •     Fighting to the Goal

Second Day Covers:

     •     Ground and Wall Movement

     •     Dynamic fighting

     •     Ethics and Application of Pain

     •     Environmental Fighting

     •     Plastic Mind Exercises (if time allows)

     •     Logic of Violence (Design-a-Crime) (2 Levels)

1- or 2-day seminar.  Interactive lecture.  Requires White board.  


Students will get a brief overview of Violence Dynamics and will then collaborate on solving the problems a criminal must solve in order to successfully execute a crime. They will then back-engineer the process to both derive and understand the elements of self-protection.

LoV is a student-driven course and as such, the times can vary widely.  The basic course can be done as quickly as four hours, if the instructor is directive.

The second level of the course involves brainstorming potential solutions to the crimes the students design, and then using these low-percentage, worst-case options to derive the principles that underlie all effective physical self-defense.

     •     Running Scenarios

2-day seminar.  Lecture, physical. Requires armor, safety equipment, props and a non-dojo area. 20 people maximum.

Scenario training is an invaluable tool for force professionals or civilian self-defense students.  It is a rare opportunity to work skills in tandem with judgment and to deal with a level of strategic and tactical complexity often missing from other training.

That said, an improperly run scenario can be disastrous, both in the sense of physical safety and the possibility of ingraining bad habits very deeply.  First day will cover the safety issues with running scenarios; personnel selection and skills; necessary equipment; scenario design; briefing and de-briefing; and troubleshooting. The second day will be a series of scenarios designed by the attendees and each attendee will act as Student, Safety Officer, Role Player and Facilitator in different scenarios.

This is not intended solely for government agencies or large commercial training groups with comfortable equipment budgets. We will carefully go over what you can and can’t do with the equipment that you have or can afford.


     •     Safety, Safety, Safety

     •     Purposes of Scenarios

     •     Scenario Design

     •     Selection and Training of Scenario Designers, Facilitators, Safety Officers, and Role-Players

     •     Targeting Scenarios

     •     Briefing and Debriefing

     •     Conducting Scenarios

     •     Trouble Shooting


     •     Chiron Defensive Tactics  (MN POST number: 6205-0018) (14 credits)

2-Day course.  Lecture and Hands-on.  Requires kicking shields, white board, duty equipment, safe training versions of duty weapons. 30 people maximum.

Covers the elements of police defensive tactics from restraint to empty-handed lethal force.  The course is fully integrated with the hosting agency’s Policy and Procedure (copy of P&P required when requesting course).


     •     Force Law, Policy and Articulation

     •     Elements of Applied Power

     •     Improvisation of Techniques Under Stress

     •     Pain Compliance

     •     Physical Control

     •     Counter-Assault

     •     Extremes of Force

     •     InFighting

Available as a four-hour intro and eight-hour or sixteen-hour full courses. Matted space suggested but not necessary, kicking shields and/or large phone books required.

InFighting is what I do as a martial art. The skills translate very well to the self-defense environment, but the mindset does not. InFighting is done for fun. It is extreme close range, chest to chest or chest to back brawling. Because of the range of techniques possible and the speed, I find it to be the best way to integrate your fighting skills, no matter what they are.

Skills covered include close range power generation, targeting, specialized strikes, use of structure and void in both offense and defense, takedowns, locks, gouging and biting.

Sixteen hour course includes groundwork and, optionally, including weapons in the game.

     •     CRGI/Chiron Training Instructor Development Course

Currently a 2-day class. 5-day class is in development.

CRGI IDC is designed to address the specific challenges facing self-defense instructors: That they are teaching a skill where training and application must, for safety reasons be different; teaching adaptable solutions to chaotic problems; adapting to a very diverse range of student needs and abilities; teaching skills that must be applied under stress and at high stakes, often with limited time, information, and margins of error. The course will address teaching adults, not children and serve as an introduction to both principles-based training and awareness-based training.


     •     Conflict Communications Instructor Course

2016 was the beta-test of this course. The course is done as a 1-on1 apprenticeship and is available by invitation only. Course format covers:

     •     Watching the Basic ConCom class as presented by two different instructors

     •     Analysis of the ConCom presentation with regard to the triune brain model

     •     Customized development of a personal PowerPoint for each instructor candidate

     •     Demonstration of teaching ability

Estimated time is 24 to 32 hours depending on attendance. Attendees must bring a laptop that can burn CDs and has licensed PowerPoint software.

     •     Core Dump

Forty-hour course covering everything that I think is important (and works) for self-defense. Course material will include an amalgam of physical skills and knowledge from the Introduction to Violence, Logic of Violence, People Watching, and Conflict Communications courses.

Students will get a solid grounding in criminal behavior, threat assessment, reading terrain and people, avoidance, evasion and de-escalation, goal setting, strategy, counter assault techniques and training methods, principles of personal combat and the most effective specific techniques I know and trust.

A sixth day of scenario training is available, and the APW walkabout requires extra time and/or instructors,

Maximum of twenty people for the scenario section of the course. 4 people at a time per instructor +4 for the advanced people watching course. 30 people max for the rest of the course except for the lectures. No limit for the lectures.

Requires: Kicking shields; available heavy bags; PowerPoint projector; dry erase board; HighGear suits; safe training weapons; access to a mall, outdoor market, fair or similar space/event; non-dojo space for the scenarios, preferably a bar or nightclub with a parking lot; and some groceries will be required. Matted space for the advanced drop-step  and takedowns sections. Course content will adapt to the students, but skill at falling will modify the class more than anything else.

Beta test of class conducted May 15, 2015 Edmonton, Alberta.

Notes: Inform everyone that for  the last two sections (Messy Drill and Scenarios) they should wear clothes that they don’t mind getting ruined.


     •     Conflict Communications

Three hour introductory lecture or eight hour class for professionals.  Eight hour course (MN POST number: 6205-0016) (7 credits)  Requires PowerPoint projector.  No limit on class size.


     •     Underlying Elements of Conflict

     •     Types of Conflict

     •     De-escalating Yourself

     •     Manipulating Conflict Script

Optional Sections (eight-hour course) Cover:

     •     Crisis Communication with Emotionally Disturbed Persons

     •     Conflict Communication Applied to Overt Violence

     •     Violence Dynamics

Five hour PowerPoint lecture developed with Tammy Yard-McCracken (PsyD, Director of Krav Maga Global’s Women’s Division) as an overview and introduction to the non-physical aspects of self-defense. Requires PowerPoint projector.  No limit on class size.


     •     Applying Maslow and Triune Brain models to violence and conflict

     •     Seven elements of Self-Defense

     •     Violence Dynamics

     •     Types of Violence

     •     Specific De-escalation strategies

     •     Tips on physical response

     •     Threat Displays

     •     Pre-Assault Indicators

     •     Process of violent crime

     •     Victim Selection

     •     Victim Isolation

     •     Psychological Control of Victim

     •     Threat Assessment

     •     Threat Assessment

Two hour introductory lecture. Requires Whiteboard, AV equipment.  No limit on class size.


     •     Basic Violence Dynamics

     •     Threat Displays

     •     Pre-Assault Indicators

     •     Signs of Adrenaline

     •     Building Blocks

1-3 hour short courses on elements of physical defense. Equipment requirements vary by subject.  30 people maximum.  Some classes require students to have basic safety skills, such as falling (ukemi).


     •     Power Generation

     •     Infighting Strikes

     •     Infighting Kicks

     •     Takedowns


     •     Counter-Assault

     •     Ground Movement

     •     Environmental Fighting

     •     People Watching

Time and resources vary. Maximum of four students per instructor, plus four. Class structure: Students are briefed on safety and security concerns and divided into teams of four. One team of four goes out with each instructor. That instructor gives a specialized class on how he or she looks at the world (the bullet list below includes the things I cover). The group without an instructor has a list of tasks to complete. At the end of the hour, teams return to the rally point and debrief, then rotate instructors and go out again.


     •     Increasing Peripheral Vision

     •     Use of Shadows and Reflections

     •     Terrain Priorities (Mobility, vision, cover, concealment)

     •     Reading Dangerous Terrain

     •     Threat Profiles for Locations

     •     Active Shooter Protocols

     •     Intelligence Gathering

     •     Working as a Team

     •     Urban Stalking

     •     Cold Reading


Five-Day CRGI Instructor Development Course (Adding modules on marketing, business, and teaching professional groups)

Introductory Conflict Communications On-Line Course

Chiron Training Instructor Development Course

5-day class

This will be the two-day CRGI IDC class combined with an overview of all of the drills I use and detailed instructions on how to coach them.

Five Day Women’s Self-Defense

Description of the class is here:

5DWSD is not intended as a program.  It is aimed at WSD instructors to give them a core dump of everything I know about criminals, violence dynamics, and training methodology so that they can adapt the information and use it in their own training and teaching.

Rory Miller