Jim has been training in the martial arts since the mid 1980′s. He has trained in freestyle karate (ECKA), Muay Thai, Eskrima (various styles), kick boxing as well as dabbling in various other martial arts over the past 20+ years. Jim has been teaching martial arts since the early 90′s. He has a 2nd dan in Doce Pares Eskrima, is a senior instructor of the AIM academy, is an instructor of Senshido international as well as being the founder of Raw Combatives, along with Jeremy De Silva. Jim has fought in the ring on several occasions, and has also fought in the Phillipines twice representing Australia at the WEKAF world stick fighting championships in 1998 and 2000.
Jim formed Raw Combatives in 2004 to bring all of his experiences under one roof. From it’s early days of being nothing more than a fight club where techniques and theories were tested to what it is today. It’s a club where people can train in a safe, caring, fun filled environment where they learn not only great self protection skills and Eskrima, but also learn a lot about themselves and how to improve on who they are.
Rick is the owner and head instructor of Senshido Connecticut. Besides Senshido concepts, Rick has trained in various martial arts including Shotokan, Muay Thai, Aiki-jitsu, Kali and Judo. Rick is also the chief tactical pistol instructor for Specter Services. Being a veteran law enforcement officer, Rick’s instruction reflects his real world street experience.
Wes grew up overweight living an unhealthy lifestyle. He eventually found the Senshido school in Montreal and trained directly under Richard Dimitri, the founder of Senshido. Wes eventually became a certified Senshido Instructor as well as a personal trainer. He began training people of all walks of life from civilians to security guards and cadets for the military/law enforcement. He had obtained his Bachelors at Concordia University in Human Environment while studying Exercise Science – his true passion however, was to teach and help others achieve their goals. With several years of experience under his belt he then dedicated his life in staying fit, living a healthy lifestyle and training people in doing the same by opening his own studio, Ara Academy. Upon Richard Dimitri’s retirement from Senshido, Wes took up the mantle, and is now the current Senshido International team Leader. He is also an MMA coach and enjoys all forms of combat sports and is currently training to improve his Boxing and Brazlian Jiu-Jitsu.
I believe we are all fighters and warriors. Not necessarily just in a violent-let’s-go-to-war kind of way. Some fight crime, some fight cancer and disease, some fight for love. Everyone is or has the potential to be a warrior. It just depends what we all have that is worth fighting for. I believe I can surface anybody’s inner warrior.
Georges Z. Fahmy is Senshido International’s Director of Operations for the Greater Middle East, geographically spanning from North Africa to the Indian sub-continent.
He established Senshido.NET, Senshido International’s Greater Middle East Division, and the regional leader in Personal Protection, Rape Prevention, Self Defense Tactics, and Basic Use of Force (Including Firearms) in December 2006.
Although based in Beirut, Lebanon, Georges’ linguistic fluency in French, English, and Arabic make his seminars in high-demand across the world.
In addition to being a Senshido instructor, Georges trains in Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, as well as Firearms on a weekly basis.
Academically, Georges is a graduate from the American University of Beirut (AUB), where he obtained a Bachelor in Business Administration Degree, which he complemented with a Masters Degree in International Affairs from the Lebanese American University (LAU).
Niko began his martial arts journey at age 11 with Shotokan Jka Karate under the teaching of Master Yashou Sakarai after earning his black belt in 1989. he started expanding his knowledge by studying other fighting systems with boxing, grappling and close quarter combative arts which eventually lead to studying Jeet Kune Do and developing his own ideology of combat, Aspida.
In 1992, he helped close friend Richard Dimitri develop a revolutionary self defense system called Senshido which is to this day one of the most effective reality-based systems taught world wide.
Twenty years working as a bouncer/bodyguard also gave Niko first hand experience on the reality of confrontation and “street” survival.
Being open-minded to every conceivable aspect of combat and training, the never-ending journey continues…
Senshido the methodology has undergone several stages of development since it’s inception and many, many people played a great part in that but perhaps one of the most critical stage of it’s development was during my days training, working out with and develping all kids of drills and training routines with my bro Niko Gritis who finally, after nearly 20 years has graciously accepted the title of Sensido International instructor and Team member. It’s something he’s always been considered by me anyway, and we’ve finally made it official. He’s also one of my oldest and closest friends.
Athena has a background in traditional martial arts and has been an instructor in several different sports/physical activities including dance and gym (as a qualified personal trainer) prior to committing to her passion of helping people by teaching self defence.
Having been in several real life violent situations, including a serious multiple attacker situation (which resulted in hospitalization of some involved) and sexual and domestic assault, her understanding of the dynamics and impact of true violence is first hand, and she conveys these learning’s and teaches in a very easy to understand style.
Athena has taught men and women from all walks of life including police officers, security officers, corporates, women whom have been raped and assaulted, teenagers, and many others concerned with their safety and the safety of their family and loved ones.
Heading up the Portland Senshido and CQC Community is Jesse Lawn. Jesse has been a Senshido Instructor since 2008. He is a lifelong martial artist with over 30 years of training and a decorated former deputy sheriff and medic. Aside from his martial career, he currently works as a regional training manager for an international security agency.
Phil Thompson is the co-founder and International Director of Protect Self Defence. He is the author of two influential books on self defence, a keynote speaker and highly regarded self-protection expert. Phil leads seminars and instructs a huge variety of clients and students in Protect programmes all over New Zealand and further abroad.
With over 20 years experience in his field, and in-demand speaker, trainer, and advisor he has helped empower thousands of people with the skills and confidence to protect themselves and their loved ones.
Phil believes that beyond the physical, effective self-protection involves a variety of behavioural, emotional, psychological, ethical and legal aspects. To understand them all is to truly feel safe.
Clients include members of the general public, as well as professionals not new to violence, such as Police (including special units), ambulance officers and other emergency services personnel, NZ Customs staff and other government agencies. He has also served as a consultant to government departments on training module design for at-risk staff. He regularly teaches corporate clients, businesses of all sizes, schools, special needs organisations and everyday men and women concerned about their safety and the safety of their loved ones.
Phil has appeared on several national television programs and is widely regarded as the nation’s leading expert on the topic of self defence/self protection. His unique perspective on self defence, developed in part by his own life experiences dealing with real violence and conflict, has pioneered a new standard in the industry.