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
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
I enjoyed the day. All the techniques were practical and seem flexible enough to be used in the real world.”Ryan, paramedic
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
All of the instruction and demonstration were clear, and additional information was always available.”Liz, 25