Practical Self Defense

Practical Self-Defense 101

Date: May 9th
Time: 12 noon til 4 pm.
Location: 2810 Dunbar Drive, Uniontown, OH 44685
Tuition: $75.00 per person
Tuition Date: May 2nd.
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This workshop will teach you defensive skills that are taught in a number of defensive programs and arts including the Russian Martial Arts (RMA) or Systema. I personally believe that these techniques work best within the philosophy of RMA.

RMA traces its beginnings back to the Tenth Century in early Rus. RMA, like every so-called martial art, is a compilation of other native fighting forms but unlike many, the efficiency of the RMA form was tested, revised and perfected in actual battle. Every Russian soldier was instructed in RMA and eventually, the Russian soldier became a feared expert in all forms of close quarter combat.

The Communists of the October Revolution of 1917 ordered that RMA was not to be used in the Red Army because of its ties to Orthodox Christianity. Eventually, the Soviet leaders realized their mistake. RMA was re-introduced to the Red Army special forces or spetsnaz and certain governmental agencies like the Cheka, GRU, KGB as well as the MVD, Alpha and Vympel special forces groups and the FSB.

RMA has a long and decorated history. The techniques taught today and in this workshop were tested, revised and perfected both on the battle field, the ether-world of the spy and within the modern-day policing forces of the Russian FSB. These techniques gave the Russian soldier the upper hand in fighting Russia’s enemies making him a skilled and feared opponent. These skills will give you the upper hand in the advent of a attack.

This site will provide more information about the origins of RMA: Systema Spetsnaz

Basics of RMA

In this workshop you will learn the basics of RMA and will allow you to properly use the techniques you will learn. You will learn how breathing, relaxation, natural body position and movement are essential to your survival. Additionally, you learn about the three planes and figure 8 movement applies to how you use these techniques. Finally, you will learn the principles and importance of breaking a person’s structure to disarm, disable or eliminate them as a threat.

Knife Defense

The general consensus is that if you are faced with a knife you should do everything you can to run away. Nevertheless, reality reveals that this is not always possible. You might have been forced into a position which does not permit you to run away. You might be attacked and be forced to protect loved ones or friends. Whatever the reason, it may be necessary for you to have the ability to disarm your attacker.

In this workshop you learn eight proven methods of disarming a knife attack.

Pressure Points

A pressure point is a strike area on the body where increased pressure creates unbearable pain. Generally, this is a place where there is a cluster of nerves or nerves cross. In other cases, a pressure point could also be where air is compressed like the ears or an extremely sensitive area is crushed like the eyes. The individual’s desire to escape this pain will break his body’s structure leaving him vulnerable to other skills which can be used to disable or disarm him. The body abounds in pressure points and knowing the locations will give you the ability to escape from almost any position.

In this workshop you will learn thirty proven pressure points on the upper body.

Lock Release

Often, an attacker will attempt to subdue someone by grabbing a body part like a finger, hand, arm, neck, etc. Attackers generally believe that if they can control parts of your body that you will be subdued. This is an illusion feed by television shows and the actions of those who are not skilled in breaking structure. Simply put there is no lock from which you cannot escape if you know how to properly break the opponent’s structure.

In this workshop you will learn six proven releases.

Program Information:


Generally, there will be two training dates for each workshop. The main training date will usually be held on Saturdays after 12 pm. I realize that these types of workshops are held in the mornings but my own training will not permit this. A second training will be scheduled if desired. The purpose of the second training date is to allow those who desire to practice the skills of the workshop under observation.

Nevertheless, Mondays and Fridays can be used as well. Generally, the workshop is about 6 hours long.

The actual dates and times will be determined in consolation with those hosting the workshop.

Needed Materials:

Please wear everyday clothes.
Bring water and snacks.

Additional Information:

No one will go to the ground in this workshop. I might use someone to demonstrate the completion of a movement but it will be very slow and controlled. There are a number of reasons why none will go to the ground. First, it permits the workshop to be mobile. Additionally, it permits the workshop to be held anywhere whether outside or in a house. Also, this greatly limits injuries. Finally, the techniques you will learn do not necessarily demand you going to the ground.

Everyone who wants to participate in this workshop will be required to sign a medical and property release form.

Limit of Participants: No less than eight (8) and no more than ten (10). This will permit me to give each person the proper attention.


$75.00 per individual.

Payment must be received one week prior to date of the event. See above.

Walkins are not permitted.

No refunds. Please, make sure you want to attend this workshop. If it is impossible for you to attend the workshop you payed for you may reschedule. If another workshop is not scheduled for the immediate future then I will hold a private seminar for you.

To schedule a workshop or for more information please contact me (Bo Perrin) at either (330) 701-3570 or

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