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Waza BJJ provides a two-part, two-hour seminar that gives women the knowledge and tools to deal with all types of violent acts they might be faced with.  Part 1 addresses situational awareness, including learning about the nature of violence towards women, as well as recognizing and avoiding potentially threatening situations.  Part 2 addresses the physical side of self-defense, focusing on neutralizing and escaping a violent attack.  It focuses on simple and easy-to-remember principles, concepts, and methods to free yourself from any attacker, regardless of size.  

These are offered for free at our facility one to two times a year.  If you are interested in getting on our mailing list for these seminars, please contact us.  We will send you information approximately three weeks before the next one.

Alternatively, if your company or organization is interested in setting up a self-defense seminar at a location of your choice, please contact us to discuss prices and available dates. 


Derek has deep roots with the law enforcement community having trained with and taught law enforcement officers from various Federal, State, and local agencies over the last two decades.  He taught ground defensive tactics and standard Jiu Jitsu training for the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Custom Enforcement officers.  He, along with Ilya Bezuglov, a lieutenant with the City of Davis Police Department, conducted week long courses in defensive tactics (i.e., ground control applications) for law enforcement officers (LEOs).  They developed the first POST (Police Officer Standard Training) certified course for ground control for the State of California.

Derek’s philosophy on LEO defensive tactics is based on effective distance management and common sense strategies to maximize officer control and to minimize bodily harm to both the officer and suspect.

If you are interested in getting on our seminar mailing list, please contact us.  We will contact you three weeks before the next seminar.








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