Mission Statement

Personal Defense Connection wants to help people learn how to be safer. It's that simple. 

Our goal is to reduce the number of victims in our communities. And to do that, people need to learn skills in awareness, mindset and defensive tactics.

We will help you learn how to be aware, how to avoid potential threats, and how to be prepared to effectively handle the possibility of a violent encounter. So you'll be safer.


A history of how Personal Defense Connection came to be...

The Self Defense Part:

Dave found that the majority of self defense classes involve martial arts, and that nearly all violent criminals that are “successful” do not practice any martial art.

He also found that there are people who are interested in basic self defense, but not necessarily in a five year black belt course.

Dave is not against martial arts. In fact, he studied Aikido for many years and really liked it. But martial arts isn't for everyone.

So he decided to create non-martial arts self defense classes with effective easy-to-learn and easy-to-remember techniques.

He started his own business, Personal Defense Connection, and created his signature "Simply Safer" and "Just in Case" series of self defense classes.

The classes are filled with information about awareness and avoidance, how to get the right mindset to be able to defend yourself, and what to do after a violent encounter. And, of course, you'll learn self defense techniques to defend yourself in the event that you are attacked.

Dave also teaches Safety/Security classes for businesses and organizations. Contact us for more information.

The Firearms Part: 

Dave has been a firearms instructor for over 25 years. He is certified by the National Rifle Association and the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners to teach their firearms courses, including MI CPL (Concealed Pistol License). 

He has also developed his own firearm courses.

And The Rest:

Dave has training in other self defense weapons, as well. (Knives, Kubotans, Pepper Spray, etc.) Contact us if you are interested in any of these subjects.

Personal Defense Connection is ready to teach you how to protect yourself with your own natural body weapons, or with defensive tools including firearms. 

We specialize in improving our clients’ self defense through education and training. 

Real personal defense requires a critical connection between emotion, mind and physical skill.  Our classes connect these personal attributes to increase your confidence and ability to prepare for, perceive, and act, to avoid danger or defend yourself (or others) when confronted with real personal violence.

Our classes are held mainly in Southeast Michigan. However, we can schedule classes outside of our area.

We work with community groups as well as individuals.

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