The Instructors


My name is Travis, founder of Self-Defense Innovations, Inc. and  SDI Security.  Through my life i have studied many different 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 self-defense system for real life violence. Being involved with the martial arts and self-defense 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 Maine, Florida and Nevada before coming back to Maine to start a career in phych. I have also spent years working in the psychiatric and mental health field and have worked for some of the biggest 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 psych and mental health field, I've had the opportunity to study many individuals and 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, psych and the mental health along with the martial arts and created a company dedicated to safety that has helped many individuals. What use to work 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 and current or be deemed ineffective. Self-defense in no different. Self-defense is Psychological, Mental and Physical.


Earle has worked 19 years in the mental health and psych field.  He started training under Travis's instructions for self defense & fitness many 9 ago. He started his training to sharpen his skills and to learn more effective techniques and knowledge. Now he would like to extend that offer on to you. Remember you are your own limit.


Hello, my name is Bill.  I am a mental health professional with nearly 15 years of high-acuity, direct service experience, in hospitals, emergency departments, and in the community.  Over these years, my primary responsibilities have been to ensure the safety and promote the confidence of my clients and coworkers. I have been training with Travis and Earle for five years. I have developed more tools—mental, psychological, and physical—for maintaining safety than any employer, university, or dojo ever gave me.  I look forward to inspiring others to forge these tools for themselves.


Breanna and Trinity are the daughters of Travis. They both have been training in self-defense,situational and environmental awareness for a while.  As they grow so will their skills. They will be assisting in Kid/Teen trainings and workshops. 

Every once in a while, you need to re-evaluate yourself and then decide that it is time to reinvent yourself into a safer, healthier you. We can help.