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About Richard Dimitri

No styles, no systems, no rituals, no lineages, no masters, no labels, no belts, no katas, no uniforms, no dogmas; only the process of sharing and learning through self-actualization & personal expression of truth via functional combative philosophy, psychology, movement and fitness.

“They say that 5 minutes with a genius is better than 20 years with a really smart person.

Richard Dimitri is a self defence pioneer, philosopher, and game changing expert in the same category as Bruce Lee and Grand-master Helio Gracie.

In an hour, you’ll receive 30 years of essential wisdom on not only how to effectively defend yourself in the worst moment of your life, but also on how to walk the path of becoming a better human being.

I was most surprised about how Richard can take the incredibly complex challenge of defending yourself in a life or death situation, and distil it down into simple principles, techniques, and drills that will give you the best shot at going home afterwards to hug the people you love most.

A 1 hour conversation with Richard could possibly be the best investment you’ll ever make in your life.

He receives my highest recommendation.”

A.J. Madden
Self Defense Instructor and Security Professional
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania

Richard Dimitri began his martial arts journey at the age of 6. By 21 he’d acquired instructor certifications and black belts in several forms of martial arts and combative disciplines which lead him into various careers that spanned over 2 decades in the fields of private and corporate security, executive protection and bouncer.

Richard continued his journey into the depths of counter-violence, researching & formulating a functional for all methodology of self-protection predicated on human behaviour in relation to violence and on April 11th 1994, opened his first and only gym, the infamous Senshido School, a tactical urban combat and defence system in the heart of downtown Montreal, Canada.

In under 5 years of operation, his notoriety and reputation as being the ‘Howard Stern’ of the martial arts & self defence industry due to his no holds barred attitude and brutal honesty, quickly earned him the reputation of being one of the top and most sought out violence prevention, management and defence tactics experts in the world until  present day.

A short list of some of his prestigious clients include:

  • The British Special Forces
  • The Finland Presidential Security Team, SWAT and Counter Terrorist Units
  • CTR High Risk Investigations & Security UK
  • The Mexico City Chapter of the Guardian Angels
  • International Women’s movements Girls Gone Gorgeous (Los Angeles California), The Association for Women’s Total Advancement & Development and The Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women (ADEW, Cairo Egypt) to name but a few.

Richard has to date released over 30 instructional videos and self-published several books (most available through the shop section via download). His book In Total Defence of the Self was dubbed as “One of the best books ever written on self defence” by Black Belt Magazine’s contributing editor, Mr. Lito Angeles.

Richard also contributed as a co-author in Loren Christensen’s “Fighter’s Fact Book 2” published via Paladin Press and was featured in several of the world’s leading martial arts magazines including Black Belt, Martial Arts Illustrated, Fight Sport, Combat, Budo Quebec and Australia’s Blitz as well as Egypt Today and Alter Ego. He’s been interviewed on several top radio stations in North America as well as Egypt’s Nile FM Day Show and has appeared in newspapers worldwide for his unique philosophy to personal protection.

Referred to as one of the top 20 toughest fighter’s on planet earth in the April 2006 issue of Black Belt magazine, and inducted into the National Registry of “Who’s Who” Business directory for outstanding business practice, Richard was also a member of the former American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers and still continues to train law enforcement officers and military personnel at an international level.