I am the Program Librarian for the Beacon Falls Public Library in Beacon Falls , Connecticut . In June, 2011 I hosted a Women's Self Defense Workshop that was conducted by instructor Rick C. of Senshido Connecticut. I as well as the other participants were extremely impressed with the instructor's professionalism and attention to detail. The R.E.A.C.T. method he taught was unlike anything any of the participants had ever been exposed to and as a result they had a considerable number of questions and potential scenarios that they threw at him. He was able to answer the wide range of questions to everyone's satisfaction. Rick was also a good sport by being a human punching bag? giving the participants a chance to practice this concept including throwing elbows and knees.
The nature of why women need to learn self defense can create a tense atmosphere where women are too nervous to ask questions or really absorb the information. Rick was courteous and humorous and went out of his way to make the participants feel comfortable. He is a highly effective instructor and I'm looking forward to hosting another seminar with Senshido Connecticut.
Beacon Falls Public Library
I have been training in martial arts for over 8 years and have attended a number of self defense seminars, and the Senshido principles are some of the most practical I've seen to date. It not only turns the attacker into a defender in a matter of seconds, it also attacks the very thing every living creature holds dear: the senses needed for survival.
Rick C. brings a unique blend of personality, enthusiasm and perhaps most importantly, real world experience to the class he teaches. He has a true desire for the student's to fully grasp and embrace the concepts being taught.
As a stand alone system or as an addition to any self defense program/class, the concepts of Senshido and Rick provide a dynamic and powerful combination which I had the privilege of witnessing first hand.
Dr. Riley Rattai
Former Assistant instructor Kuntau Jiu Jitsu Club,
UB Chapter, Bridgeport, CT
Senshido delivers as promised; a highly-effective combative tool that doesn't require hundreds of hours of training time to attain proficiency. As a lifetime martial artist and professional in the tactical training industry I am skeptical of spin-off fighting styles that promise real-world effectiveness but come up short. Senshido has proven to be an excellent addition to a fighter's skill set as well as a readily-learned core of skills for the new combatives student. The control techniques it has developed allow for the user to defend across the entire use-of-force spectrum, from rape defense to weapon retention. Thank you Senshido Connecticut for a great seminar and a concept that belongs in everyone's 'toolbox'!
As a self described professional defensive training student and training junkie ( as well as a full time police officer for almost 30 years ) I have had the opportunity to train with some of the biggest names in the industry. Some were exceptional learning experiences and others left a lot to be desired. I have had the pleasure of training under Rick on a number of occasions and can highly recommend him to anyone who is truly serious about defensive training. His level of knowledge is only surpassed by his passion for the subject he teaches. Take a training class with Rick, you can't go wrong.
Sgt. Jerry Peterson
Redding Police Department
Just wanted to drop you a note. Your class Sunday was awesome! My daughter and I had a great time, my wife had some reservations and was scared of hurting someone. Even at that she at least learned some tools I believe if required she would and could use.
I believe you provided my daughter with some awareness and also a sense of freedom and empowerment. That I believe is huge for a slightly built 12 year old female. For me I learned some awesome new skills and had a great time doing it. As a 45 year old engineer it has been a long time since a rolled around in the dirt perfecting some self defense skills.
Rick and Mia,
I just wanted to let you know how thoroughly impressed I am with the training that you gave today in Mystic. You and Mia are so approachable and down to earth. You made something that could be so scary into something... fun to learn and practical, with realistic training to boot. My idea of women's self defense will never be the same!
P.S. Rick, sorry for the swollen eye and bite marks!
Rick, Thank you - the training was very worthwhile.
It's been a goal of mine to participate in React / Shredder training for quite some time, and Saturday exceeded my expectations - which I think were very high going in. For some time I've felt there was a gap in my training at very close range - really just a few basic chokes - but now I have much better tools, and they are more scalable.
One of the un-anticipated benefits is that I also came away with improved insights about some of the techniques I have trained with in the past. The flinch / default you worked us through - grabbing the back of the neck ( while protecting the side of the neck with elbow up )- I have been trained in before, but my instructor never taught why. And and I would frequently neglect to do this. When you mentioned this would prevent head whiplash - it all immediately made sense why this is done. Now I will absolutely do this going forward. Thanks.
In addition, the technique of 'anchoring' with the other extended hand in this drill was something new for me, and I can see the benefit.
Krav is renowned for its gun/knife disarms, and it was also very helpful to cover that material from a Senshido perspective. I am also CCW-licensed in Mass, and several items you mentioned could make a difference in helping avoid a potentially bad situation.
Thanks again for the training, and the email. Both were much appreciated.
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