Self Defence Training

Along with traditional Bujinkan training, the Dojo runs regular Self Defence classes and training programs. The foundation of our Self Defence training is the “Personal Protective Measures” system, otherwise known in the Bujinkan as “Shinken Taijutsu”.

Personal Protective Measures or ‘PPM’ is a quick to learn, effective Self Defence system developed in the USA by Dai Shihan Phillip Legare. It was developed it to be taught to US Government Employees that needed specialized training to increase their survivability during their travels to dangerous places around the world.

Simply put, Personal Protective Measures is the modern combat application of Budo Taijutsu. PPM is the Taijutsu (body art) of the Bujinkan martial arts put into modern context to effectively deal with modern weapons and dangerous situations we may face today, while staying within our legal framework.” – Dai Shihan Phillip Legare, creator of Personal Protective Measures.



Personal Protective Measures- Level I

PPM Level 1 covers the following 8 modules.

  1. Defensive Concepts: Survival mindset. Awareness. Assessing your situation. Assess, Plan, Act. Flinch Response. Getting off the X. Basic defense and offensive stances, movement and striking.
  2. Ground Defense: how to survive getting knocked down, protect yourself while on the ground and fight your way to a safe location.
  3. Defense Against Grabs and Chokes: surviving common scenarios of being grabbed, choked and incapacitate the opponent and moving to a safe location.
  4. Defense Against Blunt Weapons: Surviving being attacked with a blunt weapon, such as a bat, crow bar, truncheon and the like, disarm and incapacitate the opponent and moving to a safe location.
  5. Defense Against Edged Weapons, Pre-Contact: surviving being attacked by edged weapons, such as a machete, fixed blade knife and folding knife, disarm and incapacitate the opponent and moving to a safe location. Builds on the previous module.
  6. Defense Against Edged Weapons, On-Contact: surviving being held at knifepoint, disarm and incapacitate the opponent and moving to a safe location. Builds on Module 2.
  7. Defense Against Firearms: surviving being held at gunpoint, disarm and incapacitate the opponent and moving to a safe location. Builds on Modules 3 and 4.
  8. Defense Against Multiple Attackers and Improvised Weapons: Builds on all modules.

On completion of all 8 Modules, students undergo Scenario testing. Scenarios are based on the skills learned in the above modules and customised to the types of threats relevant to the student.

The key objective of the system is to survive the three fights we are faced with when violence is directed at us; The physical, the emotional and the legal. The process we train to follow is to AssessPlan and Act, while minimizing damage and maintaining 360 degree situational awareness. In the instance where you must fight, the level of violence used by you must be proportional to the threat and be directed and effective at stopping the attacker(s) ability to continue to harm you.

Some more words from Dai Shihan Legare..."In 1995, I started teaching a form of combatives, called Protective Measures, to military and government employees who had to work in high threat environments. The core of the combatives program that I put together comes from Budo Taijutsu; specifically Taisabaki (natural body movements), ma-ii (distancing), timing and the strategy of henka (flexibility to adapt the technique to new situations). Another part comes from the previous USMC close combat system (which was called the LINE system) and the current CC system (called MCMAP). Back in the late 80s, I was fortunate enough to be asked by then Commandant, GEN Al Gray, to assist creating the LINE program. The Marine Corps combat mindset and use of modern military weapons and tactics were added to my program. Finally, Officer Safety and Survival techniques and tactics for dealing with the civilian threat (criminal/terrorist) were added to the program. These were added from my experiences as a DOD Special Agent and training at the FLETC, ITI, BSR, InSight, HRP, and other government sponsored training."

Regular PPM Classes and Courses

The Dojo runs a weekly PPM class along with regular Level I PPM Courses and associated programs. Training focuses on Level I PPM and is taught by the Dojo’s three Certified Level I PPM instructors; Evan Bailey, Jacob Olive and Isaac Nicholson.

If you would like to attend a PPM class of coming to a full Level 1 course please contact the Dojo via the contact form below.



Customised PPM Programs

For approved organisations we develop and run fully customised courses based on their specific needs. This includes Private Companies, Police, Military and Security both in Australia and internationally.

Course content and scenario testing is fully customised. Considerations such as job descriptions, equipment, rules of legal force, levels of authority and the threats personnel are faced with and required to manage are all taken into account.

Delivery of these programs is managed by specialist teams with personal experience in working in these fields. Team member backgrounds include active military service, policing, security and training roles. Team members are selected to work on the development and delivery of our customised programs based on their personal skill sets and experience.

For larger organisations looking to build an ongoing PPM training capability we develop ‘train the trainer’ programs. Where required this extends to ongoing management services to oversee, refresh and update training to ensure it is being correctly delivered and remains relevant to the developing needs of the organisation and the evolving environment its personnel must work in.

If you would like to discuss your organisations training needs please contact us via the contact form below.


PPM Advanced Scenarios Training

PPM AST is for those people who have completed PPM Level 1 and want to take their scenario based training to the next level. PPM AST works to further bridge the gap between training and application in a safe but challenging environment. The workshop presents a variety of 'real life' scenarios where the student must respond using the principals of PPM. Scenarios include threat levels ranging from 'no threat' to extreme danger to personal safety.

Scenarios are based on actual events and use training props and multiple role players to add realism. Students are unaware of the threat level going into the scenario and their response has influence on the unfolding threat level. Successful completion of scenarios requires the student to "Assess, Plan and Act" appropriately. As in all PPM training, the goal is to survive the 'three fights' being the physical, mental/emotional and legal. PPM AST provides students with immediate feedback on their strengths and weaknesses through providing a fluid, realistic environment to test their training and ability to think clearly under stress. If you are serious about your personal safety PPM AST is for you.

Contact the dojo for more details via the contact form below.
Duration: 4 hour workshop (may be customised for larger organisations)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level 1 PPM Course.

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