We believe that the human body is already an evolutionary primed self-defense system.

Our goal in the Weaponize-Your-Body programs is to teach participants how to engage, mold, and apply their primal survival system to effectively neutralize an interpersonal violent threat.

To this end, while we recognize for example that the needs of military operators, may be different to that of a civilian approach to empty hand self-preservation – all of our courses are grounded in four key components.


If someone is going to survive an interpersonal violent encounter, it is crucial that they understand what will happen to their body when faced with a threat. In this section of training we focus on the physiological changes that take place in an interpersonal violent experience, with tactics to help participants deal with those automatic changes.


People are typically not aware of their surroundings. There can be numerous reasons for this, from being glued to one’s smartphone in the civilian word, to the fog of the battlefield. In this section of training, we teach participants how to ensure that they are situationally aware, understand what that means, and how to both develop and deploy it as a skill.


Sometimes going hands on with a potential threat isn’t desirable. Depending on the situation, talking a potential human threat down, is a victory in of its self. In this section of training, we introduce participants to our COATS method of deescalation, and other strategies and tactics.


Focusing on high percentage, easily learned primal defense and offensive tactics, participants learn how to keep themselves physically safe. We offer a varied spectrum of physical force solutions – from a baseline approach designed to be deployed with participants who have no previous backgrounds in offensive/defensive physical tactics – to more advanced methods.


Teaching anyone how to both confront, and deal with interpersonal violence, by the very nature of the subject makes it difficult. Applying empty hand defensive and offensive tactics then invariably requires a teaching approach that goes beyond simply the teaching and practice of those skills.

In the midst of interpersonal conflict, the defender has to not only deal with the psychophysiological changes that drive the attackers behavior, but invariably his own. This is why any pedagogical approach to learning to deal with interpersonal violence,  needs to be taught from both the physical, biological, and psychological components.

In the Weaponize-Your-Body pedagogy our solution to teaching interpersonal violence is not simply a physical one (sadly how most empty hand defensive tactics programs are taught). In WYB we ensure that our approach not only teaches a participant how to recognize their biological changes that happen to their own body in a violent encounter – but then in turn, how to manage those inner experiences more effectively – while being able to deploy the necessary physical techniques to neutralize the threat.