Personal Safety Seminars

Personal safety and self-defense are everyone’s responsibility.

Our seminars for families, individuals, government departments and professional organizations are custom-designed to empower participants to be more aware, more effective and to stay safe – at work, at home and on the road.


“Random” criminal activity is not random.  There are lots of things we all can do to keep our selves, our homes and our families safe.  Our workshops provide a sound, theoretical understanding along with practical, real world skills to all the folks who participated.

Participants learn about dealing with issues that matter to them – including personal assault, vehicle safety and security , work and campus safety, home defense and security, and cyber safety.

Attendees have ranged in age from 8 to 80 and everyone has a chance to learn, move and improve their safety awareness and skills.

The Tryon Bulletin introduced one Mountain Karate Family Safety Seminar this way:

What should parents tell their children about self-defense? What is the best way for a woman or a man to effectively defend themselves if they are threatened?

Sensei Jeff Brooks, of Mountain Karate in Saluda, says it is not so much about physical techniques as it is about being alert to one’s surroundings and being aware of what to look for.

“If something threatening happens, the moment of crisis may be too late to start thinking about self-defense, he said.

“Physical techniques are a last resort, and they’re not a good resort,” Brooks said.

The premise of the talk is that, if you look closely, “random” crime is not really random.

Brooks served as a law enforcement officer in Massachusetts, Henderson County and in other locations in WNC, where his wife, Tarleton, is from. As a detective, he has investigated hundreds of crimes, and he said it is different from what people might think.

“We hope our experience will be useful to other people,” Brooks said. “When you know what to look for, there is a lot you can do to keep yourself and your family safe – at home, at work, on the road, anywhere.

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