No styles, no systems, no rituals, no lineages, no masters, no labels, no belts, no katas, no uniforms, no dogmas;

Only the process of self actualization & personal expression of truth through functional combative movement and fitness.

On a purely physical level, we share how to individually and collectively use all of our natural tools as well as extended ones, offensively and defensively in a strategic and tactical manner and in all ranges of combat.

We're put through functional physical fitness training where we learn to push ourselves through our own perceived limitations. We also have much to offer on nutrition, health and optimum performance.

On a more cerebral level we learn about the psychology of violence, fear, stress & confrontation management skills, deescalation strategies and holistic survival tactics.

As the mind navigates the body; by challenging personal self defense dogmas and individual & core belief systems, personal growth and evolution occurs.

On a human level, we learn about the ripple effect and the moral, legal, and ethical consequences of our chosen actions while self examining our darkest emotions. We are encouraged to question everything, to learn to think for ourselves, to be more accountable and research everything we learn and to be open and responsive to life without judgment.

On a personal level, the training can make you face and slay your own demons.

Everything shared here is highly encouraged to be individually researched, to “absorb what is useful, add what is specifically of your own and disregard the rest.”

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Making friends... lmao...

On my first visit to Sydney Australia in 2007, I met several amazing human beings on that trip. I do on every trip really, but this time around, I am using a specific example of a great friend I made and the way in which we officially met. It's quite funny because there aren't many vocations I know of where people become good friends as such soon after... something to be said about 'human contact' lol...

The man I am referring to is Joe Saunders of Progressive Defense and I'll let him recount the day in his own words, taken from

This video is from Richard Dimitri's 2007 seminar in Sydney.

While demonstrating his Shredder concept, Rich was asked how well it would work against a grappler. Nevel one to let words alone prove his point, Rich asked the most experienced grappler in the room, in this case, our own Joe Saunders, to do a live, no compliance drill with him. The drill would be that Joe had to submit Rich doing anything he wanted while Rich would only use the Shredder concept.

After a highly unsuccessful round 1, Joe had a second chance in round 2, this time starting standing up. Despite managing to catch Rich with a hip throw that badly aggravated an old shoulder injury, Rich continued fighting and would have removed Joe from his site had it been a real altercation. Watch for yourself:

This is a great example of the survival mentality I was referring to in the recent article "Permission to Survive"

Despite being taken by surprise, put in a disadvantageous position with a much larger person on top of him, and suffering a serious injury, Rich contniued to fight and survive, that's a lesson for us all.

Joe Saunders


  1. Cheers mate. That seminar was a definite life changer for me. It made me completely re-evaluate the way I looked at self defence.

    I do have a question though. How did you manage to copy and paste that from my site and yet add in spelling mistakes?! :P I just read it on here and went to edit my copy thinking I hadn't proofread properly!

    All the best my friend.

  2. Indeed it does my friend... indeed it does....