Most of what is being taught today
in the typical martial arts
school, self defense seminar and self defense video is...
Useless in a real street attack!
been searching for a simple, yet effective
method of self-defense that really works?
figured out yet that most martial arts schools,
videos and seminars teach a lot of stuff that doesn't
really work on the street?
ready, right now, to learn how you can defend
yourself in virtually any situation, quickly and easily?
After over 36 years of studying and teaching martial
arts I can tell you beyond any doubt that most of
what is being taught today in martial arts schools,
seminars and videos... just won't work in a real street
It's true. And it's a darn shame. So many unsuspecting,
poorly trained and totally clueless folks are walking
around with a false security. They believe the moves
and techniques they were taught in their local martial
arts school or a seminar they attended, will really
work in an honest to goodness, no holds barred, street
wrong with most traditional training?
For the first 20 years or so of my own personal training,
I taught much the same way everyone else did. Sure
it worked fine in the studio, but I often wondered
how it would work on the street. I had heard and read
about experienced black belts being utterly trounced
by ordinary street thugs. What about what I was teaching?
Would it really work if called upon, to protect my
students and their loved ones?
About that time a friend of mine invited me to train
with his master instructor. He claimed that his instructor
taught an awesome and realistic system of street self-defense.
I was curios to see what this guy was all about, so
I accepted. It didnít take long to realize that he
After the very first session he had proved to me,
without a doubt, that what I had been teaching my
students most likely wouldn't work under the duress
of real attack. This is what I learned:
The natural effect of real aggression causes
what is called an "adrenaline dump".
This fear induced high volume shot of adrenaline
is normal and natural and cannot be stopped, even
by experienced black belts.
The effects of this "adrenaline dump"
can be devastating, especially if you are not
prepared for it.
The main problem is that many of the techniques
that are taught in traditional training are too
tricky or too complicated for the average person
to properly execute. This is especially true under
the duress of an all out street attack. Techniques
that are highly complicated tend not to be executed
properly, if at all, when the pressure is on and
adrenaline levels are high.
Many of the systems use joint locks and pressure
points that require years of training to properly
execute. Sometimes even when they are applied
properly to someone who has an unusual amount
of joint flexibility or a high resistance to pain,
they donít work.
Many of the arts teach kicking techniques that
are great for the studio or for sport competition,
but are all but useless on the street. Unfortunately
many of the practitioners of these arts are led
to believe that they can really use these kicks
effectively in a combat situation. They end up
with a false security believing they can defend
themselves with such techniques. In reality, if
they ever have to really fight, they usually get
themselves into trouble very quickly.
Many techniques require years of training or
are just impossible to learn unless you are under
the direct training of the master instructor.
You cannot learn these properly from a video,
book or seminar. They take years to perfect, even
under the supervision of an expert instructor.
Allot of what is taught is just fluff! It doesn't
stand a chance to work in a real street attack!
The solution was developing a system that contained
the following benefits:
It had to address the inevitable adrenaline
dump which is the natural effect of fear induced
It had to be simple enough to teach students
in days or weeks instead of years!
It had to be effective regardless of the body
type of the attacker.
It had to be quick, effective and decisive!
It had to address real street "situations"
instead of the typical studio environment.
It had to contain a minimum amount of techniques.
This was necessary as research has shown that
as few as a handful of techniques can be recalled
when fully "adrenalized".
It had to be designed to defeat a much larger
and stronger attacker!
It had to be easy to learn.
Additionally it had to be direct, powerful and
yet simple and straight forward enough to be taught
through video based training.
So following my master's training, guidance and advice
I went to work to develop such a system. Believe me,
it wasn't easy, even for an 'expert' with over 20
years of training at the time.
During the next several years I searched everywhere
and every way to simplify, and improve every aspect
of our self-defense system. This search included going
to seminars, visiting other schools, bringing in guest
instructors and reviewing close to 100 self defense
I was sifting through masses of information to pick
up a gem here and there. Slowly I made changes to
what we taught and how we taught it. Constantly modifying,
perfecting and refining our program to what it is
We discovered that there were about 30 common street
attacks that we had to deal with. Sure, there were
others, but they were really just variations of the
We took each one of these possible attacks and developed
a system that took into consideration the 'adrenal
dump' which causes us to freeze up and lose fine motor
We eliminated any response that did not fit into
this reality. We added more simple, direct and extremely
effective strikes, moves and techniques that could
be learned simply and easily. And, did not require
years of training.
Finally we condensed this entire process into a simple,
organized system of instruction. To help our students
learn the system we decided to carefully put the entire
process on video. It's done in a step by step manner
so that even a total beginner can learn it.
Listen to what just a few of my students have to say...
trained with other instructors, even in the military,
but Shihan Pace's system of self defense is the most
effective and practical by far."
S. Christensen, Hamburg, NJ
trained over 20 years in Uechi Ryu karate before coming
to Mr. Pace, I had an extensive background in self
defense. I've learned more about street fighting tactics
in the last two years than in my 20 years of prior
J. Burka, Wantage, NJ
a women, it's important that your first strike is
your best one, as you might not get a second chance.
Shihan Pace's system is awesome. Quick, simple and
easy to learn."
Dr. Laurie LaSorsa, Chester, NJ
Pace's method of teaching self defense is awesome.
None of the fluff you get from most videos I've seen.
Just real, down and dirty, street techniques that
really work. Everyone should have his video."
G. Tizzano, Franklin, NJ
the best of the best. Finally some stuff that really
works on the street."
C. Manzione, Vernon, NJ
a technique I learned from Shihan Pace, I dropped
a would be attacker with one well placed blow. This
guy was twice my size."
T. Akos, Oak Ridge, NJ
Pace is the real thing. His self defense system is
quick, effective and powerful. I will only teach his
techniques at my dojo."
T. Joseph, 4th Degree Black Belt,
The two videos we have created for my students are
now available to the general public on DVD or
video. The first one is called...
Street Self Defense 101
the 30 Most Common Street Attacks"
Volume I contains step by step lessons to effectively
learn and practice all of our Level 1 defenses including:
How to defend against the 30 most common street
Quick and effective escapes and releases from
non life threatening "annoyance" attacks.
The art of using good verbal and spatial skills
to prevent many assaults from becoming physical
in the first place.
Defending against the 'sucker punch'! One of
the most common attacks by muggers, brawlers and
How to execute the "stop hit". This
one stops them in their tracks!
Strategic Targeting techniques that will drop
a man of any size.
Street defenses against a 'kicker'.
Triple your reaction time by watching certain
Instant disabling techniques to drop even the
biggest of attackers.
Defenses from chokes, headlocks and strangles.
Devastating counter attacks!
Defenses from on your back against punches and
Releases from collar grabs, full nelsons and
Defending against clubs, sticks and bats.
Protecting yourself from the most common of
all mugging attacks.
Pre-empting your attack at the right time!
time: Approximately 1 hour and 13 minutes
videos are a life saver! I recently was able to fend
off a street thug by simply showing the confidence
I got from the tapes. By my attitude and demeanor,
the thug decided I wasn't going to to a victim. Thanks!"
Richard Jorandby, Juniper, FL
am only 5' 1" and petite. I am glad I found something
I can use in a real life situation. These videos are
Lathsamee Sirowanta, Goleta, LA
videos are great! I feel it took my confidence and
ability to a whole new level. The videos are straight,
concise and to the point. They show you exactly how
to protect yourself. Thanks!"
John Dan Tobitt, Normandy, TN
video demonstrates "no-nonsense" self defense
techniques. Shihan Pace does an excellent job of cutting
away all of the frills and just teaching life saving
Chad Kroll, Mars Hill, NC
Videos! Very easy to understand, with concepts and
techniques clearly demonstrated. These videos are
invaluable for anyone looking to develop a new level
of confidence in dealing with and defusing potentially
Mark Northam, Glendale, CA
ordered other self defense tapes but Street Self Defense
101 is better than any I have seen. Very easy to learn
and remember, must be the flow of the way that it
is taught. Simple to learn, just as promised.!"
Ken R. Maret, Lincoln, NE
videos are great! The content was 'to the point' and
easy to learn from. These two videos taught me more
usable combat techniques in two hours then I have
learned from from any martial arts class or the military."