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Travis

The Instructors

Travis

Travis, founder of Self-Defense Innovations, Inc. and SDI Security. Through my life I have studied many forms of martial arts and have earned my share of black belts however as an adult I have realized that martial arts hasn't evolved enough to be an effective system for real life violence. Being involved with martial arts I have learned that ego is, indeed, your worst enemy. My knowledge doesn't stop at self defense. I have spent my adult life in the field of security in one form or another. I have been a security officer in Florida and Nevada before coming back to Maine to start a career in the mental health field. have also spent years working in the psychiatric and mental health field, working for some of the largest psychiatric hospitals in Maine and Massachusetts. My main responsibility has been crisis intervention and security while creating a safe environment for patients and staff. While working in the psychiatric and mental health field, I've had the opportunity to study many individuals, their behaviors/actions and how they act in different situations. Good, bad or indifferent, the human mind dictates what the body does. I have taken my experiences in security, psychiatry and mental health along with the martial arts and created a company dedicated to safety that has helped many individuals. What worked as self-defense 20 years ago may not work now. Society has changed and so should how we defend ourselves. Everything must evolve to stay relevant or be deemed ineffective. Self-defense is no different. Self-defense is Psychological, Mental and Physical.


Earle

Earle

Earle has worked 19 years in the mental health and psych field. He started training under Travis's instructions for self defense & fitness over a decade ago, become more knowledgeable, sharpen his skills and perfect in his techniques. Now he would like to extend that offer to you. Remember you are your own limit.


  Bronwen 

 I partnered with Self Defense Innovations after hiring them to teach two workshops to my daughter and the rest of the girls in her 8th grade class the summer before entering high school. I had been told by others already in high school that date and acquaintance rape is a frequent occurrence. In addition, I had become familiar with increased rates of human trafficking and was well aware of the prevalence of domestic violence from my years as an attornery.

My response to these anecdotes and statistics is to empower my daughter with education, skills and tools to prepare her for life's unfortunate realities. Self Defense Innovations made it clear that mindset is the precursor to the most effective self-defense strategies.

After years as a practicing attorney where I handled criminal, domestic and child protective cases among others, I shifted my focus to wellness and more specifically to mindset. As a certified health & life coach, I focus on the roots of changing human behavior to achieve desired outcomes.

One's mindset exudes a communication via body language as well as speech that allows others to form opinions about us. Part of self-defense is what your mindset is communicating, i.e. is it security and confidence or insecurity and timidity. Building security and confidence translates into a belief that violence is 100% unacceptable.

Together we have the power to change the statistics in areas of rape, abduction and domestic violence with beliefs of empowerment and simple self-defense techniques that outsmart rather than overpower an aggressor.

If we do nothing, nothing will change. I am grateful to have the opportunity to help make a difference.