The Best Defence Program
Counter-Violence & Advocacy Training
Counter-Violence education redirects focus from the actions of potential victims, and onto empowering communities against violence, person by person.
Counter-Violence is about smart decisions, environmental- and self-awareness, as well as activism, assertiveness, advocacy, and verbal and physical tactics for dealing with a multitude of situations at various levels of escalation.
Counter-Violence isn't only about what to do when confronted with violence, but also about how to affect the social landscape, addressing popular mythologies in order to not propagate hyper-vigilance and victim-blaming.
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The skills I have learned from Gary over the last ten years have enabled me to maintain a tactical advantage during various use of force situations. Gary is an excellent teacher who is enthusiastic in his teaching and practical in the applications of the skills he teaches. I consider myself a better peace officer and person for having learned from Gary and lucky to be able to call him my friend.”Constable Keith W. Ryzowski, RCMP Fort Chippewayan, Alberta
I just finished taking part in the Basic class for the second time and was surprised at how easy it was to get through it! My goal is to become a full-fledged instructor some day because I believe nobody should be without this!”Barb, 33
I enjoyed the day. All the techniques were practical and seem flexible enough to be used in the real world.”Ryan, paramedic
All of the instruction and demonstration were clear, and additional information was always available.”Liz, 25
Excellent. Wow. I have to say it wasn’t only good for the self-defence part, but also for making me more aware of the emotional well being side of things as well. Thanks.”Richard, 28