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.”

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Want To Join the Senshido International Team?!?

Senshido International is a movement, a way, a vehicle, an idea by the people and for the people.... it's one man's journey conceptualized and shared for one and all to make what they will of it.... "Absorb what is useful, add what is specifically of your own and disregard the rest." 

We've been receiving quite a bit of inquiries on joining the Senshido International Team as of late.  I am thankful for all the interest and equally surprised as to just how many who are asking to join our team have absolutely no idea what it is exactly we do or who we even are for that matter.  

It's interesting to note that the mere watching of a perhaps 5 minute long Youtube clip or even an entire instructional DVD for that matter, could make someone suddenly make a change of career or decide to join a group of people doing a bunch of things they merely glimpsed a fraction of through a window of frozen time; if that....Of course, this doesn't take anything away from these people as sometimes, that's all it takes to ignite a fire or cause the flooding glass, but 9 times out of 10, nah... hasn't been quite that... it does however make the 1 out of 10 timers, VERY VERY WELL WORTH IT: lol - 

Jim The Koont Armstrong of RAW Combatives and Senshido International Team Member of Melbourne Australia.

So you're thinking of joining our band of misfits eh?

Rich and First Finland Senshido international Team Member Ville 'raises his son like Conan the Barbarian' Kaivonen of Tampere or Cimmeria depending on when you ask him and if his wife is around, nothing wrong with that, it inspired me to do the same with Ronin. We now have a wheel of pain in the backyard.

Senshido International Team member Pat Ressler of Germany with a city that begins with a B and has tons of other similar letters in it and it sounds like you're just about to regurgitate some shit when you say it. he's humping an oddly shaped, twisted sorta statue of a man much to my entertainment in the background there. Good times, good times.... His wife Anke who was then carrying Top Secret in her belly for over 9 months at the time took the picture by the way,  just sayin.

What? What else is there to say? We're close. :`) You're not close with your buddies?!?!?

I said we were close!!!!! lmfao...

Senshido international Team member Georges Fahmy of Beirut Lebanon, showing me his 100$ flash light. Yes... 100$ flash light when there are people who can't afford water, but he fully grasps our movement, don't worry, he just doesn't like showing it, lmfao....

There's allot o' Love in this room.... :`)

My Finnish goat herder brothers, TuHomo and Ville, you gotta pronounce the eh at the end of Ville, I called him town in French for years till I figured that wasn't his name at all; the patient brother that he is, if it was me, I'd have said some shit long ago.... call me 'town' in French.... hmpfff.... but these are guys, all these guys here, and the rest of the team, SECOND TO NONE!!! Some of the greatest people I know and I call family.

This is Georges Fahmy, Tuomo Malinen, Jeff Liboiron and a host of others on the team's.... frien.... escor..... pets. Yes. Pets. Mascots really... companionship during long, lonely nights.... I digress...

LMFAO, still thinking about it??? lolol

The Senshido International Team is an extended worldwide family sharing a common goal. Our instructors vary greatly in personality, character as well as teaching styles. Each and every member of our team are carefully chosen and specifically accepted first and foremost, by the measure of their hearts, passion and their open minds, not to mention… their great sense of humor. It is of course important for us to get to know each other if we will be working together building a legacy project.

Our team is comprised of individuals of all races, creeds, cultures, and differing belief systems that I believe were born to do what they are doing. We don’t always agree on everything and that is the beauty of it as they are not “Richard Dimitri clones” but free thinking individuals adapting and teaching Senshido via their very own personal experiences and journeys offering the public varying paths of choice towards the same journey.

They teach, fight for, volunteer and give to those in need on a regular basis; they go above and beyond the call of duty to help the lesser fortunate. I love & am proud of each and every one of them for their silent contributions, their continuous selfless work and their thick skins for toughing it through some pretty hard and, as most who work in the field of helping others know, have endured and can attest too, often thankless times.


It's first and foremost important for us to get to know each other on a personal level.  We literally refuse anywhere between 30 to 40 'applications' a year; and even more decide to back down after hearing how tough the criteria is to join the Senshido International Team. There are reasons why we make it this tough. Our team is quite small and is presently comprised of approximately 16 full time active Team members spread out throughout the world doing what it is we do.

So before thinking you want to join our team after watching a youtube clip or reading an interview with Rich somewhere, why
 of all the myriads of systems, styles and 'celebrity names' out there would YOU want to join the Senshido International Team in particular? We're still by all means considered 'underground', we question anything and everything that doesn't add up regardless of subject matter and with no taboo. We've been going against the grain and mainstream since our early beginnings and have been referred to and called heretics, posers, rogues, bullshitters and more.  

We use self defense as the vehicle for self development and are a movement for human betterment, evolution and peace. 

 Why come to us specifically, and what are your aspirations in joining the Senshido International Team?

 There are 3 very, very, critically important things for one to clearly understand before even ever considering joining the Senshido International Team.

1) You gotta have really tough skin. For several reasons, one being some the world's most vial crap will be exposed to you from victims of pedophilia and domestic abuse to world wide corruption.  You will also be open to criticisms and abuse as you will be a part of a worldwide movement for human betterment, evolution and peace. 

2) You gotta have a wicked sense of humor, the more outlandish, twisted and capable of adding humor and adapting to dark situations, the better: it's a way of insuring that sanity and light don't get buried under cynicism and hate.  

3) The will, desire and ability to question yourself, your own beliefs, and to be open for change, growth and personal evolution regardless how hard or ingrained previous beliefs may be or have been.... to quote Bruce Lee.... "To absorb what is useful, too add what is specifically of YOUR OWN and too disregard the rest." and apply that philosophy to not just martial arts and self defense, but to your entire life itself and all it encompasses. The ability to come to terms with your purpose.
Learn this, live this, share this.

This ability will allow you to reach any all people, as flexibility allows expansion for both parties involved, especially for the ones that will need it most. Without this, your ability to personally evolve, grow and better yourself as a human being will stagnate and eventually, devolve.  


Rey WesDerequitos
It is first and foremost mandatory for anyone wishing to join the Senshido International Team to send Richard Dimitri an email at and answer the questions asked in this blog piece here. Notice some of the team around you here for example Niko The SPartan Gritis on the left and Rey WesDerequito to the right....

After an exchange based on the replies and once determined, Rich will hook you up to train with, for a minimum of 20 hours with the closest or any official Senshido International Team members of choice worldwide prior to be considered. 
These 2 look like they
need to be commited to an
waitaminute, that's Rich and Tania.

Yup. The founder. Do some.

As stated above, it is important 
for us to get to know you on a personal level before we can accept anyone joining the team. Once determined which is the closest available of our team to you, you can make the required arrangements together. The Fees are whatever the cost is for the 20 hours of lessons (depending on instructor/region), and a 1 time only Team Joining fee to Senshido International. Once on the Senshido International Team, there are never any other membership fees to be paid again. Specifics of fees and payments to be discussed personally.

Thank you and good luck,
 Rich 'The Boss' Dimitri -

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