What our participants are saying:

Fantastic; this course was very helpful, trainer was also incredible. Hope I never need it, but gives me the confidence when I do.!” (T. W.,  Violence Dynamics and Self-Defense Workshop 2016)

Awesome. Empowering + fun. Made me think of things + how I would avoid or get out of situations should the need arise.” (L.H., Violence Dynamics and Self-Defense Workshop 2016)

Very helpful. I really liked the physical portion as well as talking about deescalating situations.” (R.M., Violence Dynamics and Self-Defense Workshop 2016)

Very helpful in all aspects – from presentation to hands-on! … Great Class!” (M.B., Violence Dynamics and Self-Defense Workshop 2016)

I really enjoyed the training. The lecture part was just as helpful as the physical part.” (A.H.,  Violence Dynamics and Self-Defense Workshop 2016)

 “The training was amazing. It was a lot of fun and it taught me a lot of things I hadn’t known before, about myself and what I can do.” (T.,  2015 Violence Dynamics and Self Defense workshop)

“The course was very informative and it taught me a lot. Thank you so much.” (L. 2015 Violence Dynamics and Self Defense workshop)

” I feel that I have my eyes open to a lot more things that I need to be aware of. …I also discovered that I am a lot more powerful that I realized….” K. J. (2015 Violence Dynamics and Self Defense workshop)

“...well presented and empowering. … a good balance of teaching self defense and clinical information…” (N. G. 2015 workshop)

“It was liberating. Very well put together. …” (P.R. 2015)

“Excellent. Awesome….” K.M (spring 2015)

“Your self-defense workshop was FANTASTIC!
I learned so much about the reasons for, prevention of, AND protective reactions to violence! Your clear and encouraging instruction combined with actual practice convinced me that I am already ALWAYS equipped with the necessary tools to defend myself – it’s just a question of preparing MYSELF, with mental awareness and evaluation and physical practice.
THANK YOU BRIGITTE & ANDY!” (Nadia B., June 2014 Violence Dynamics and Self Defense workshop)

“very helpful. I learned a TON! feel safer already :) . Thank you!” (Rachel M. June, 2014)

“Very helpful w/lots of techniques and tips.” (April 2014 workshop)

“This was super helpful! …this is a very empowering experience. THANK YOU!”

“…great to know the basics..”

“…very helpful. I will feel safer @ college because I have this knowledge. ”

” I just wish we could have had more time.”

“It was informative and I liked the knee-ing. It will help in College. THANK YOU!!”

“… helpful and very good….[would have liked to have] a longer session”

(“Protect Yourself” Workshop for graduating High School Seniors, Polson, Montana, April 2014 )

I loved it. …Gave me confidence  [that] I would be better able to handle myself.” (Small Group 8-hours Workshop, December 2013)

Very helpful – I learned so in much in such a short time.  … easy to learn… now it’s just a matter of practice to keep it fresh but I think the technique taught will always be there…” (Penny P., Small Group 8-hours Workshop, December 2013)

Target Eyes

“It was very helpful. I feel very equipped to handle myself after this training.” (K. D., August 2013 small group private training)

“Very informative and knowledge-based. It was really helpful as well as fun for me to learn these techniques in a low pressure environment. I feel super-empowered and encouraged to continue learning more.” (K. W., August 2013)

“I thought it was informative and practically educational. I liked knowing I can and do have options if I am attacked.” (P. R. Aug. 2013)

I found the training extremely helpful. I thought the combination of “theory ” and practice was very useful. It allowed me to think through some issues of safety, gain some new knowledge of the kinds of violence I might encounter, and then slowly taught some very useful physical techniques. Nicely put together. I felt I learned a lot! in 8 hours.” (J. S., July 2013)

“…well-thought-out, well organized, basic, simple, seems effective. I found the theory section useful for de-selecting oneself, de-escalating, & trouble avoidance. The ‘target-weapon’ counter-offensive approach seems to the point & intuitive, ...Ideas & drills for continued practice are one of the most important & valuable parts, since no skill can be learned in one day. … ”  “I appreciated the seriousness & skill of both instructors – also found it to be a lot of fun.” (Ch. S., July 2013)

Self Defense Skills

Self Defense Skills

“..reinforcing and very helpful … enlightening and well-presented” ( April course)

“It was very helpful and I learned a lot. I really helped me learn [about]my weapons and how to use them.”(Introduction to Physical Self Defense, April course)

“…very helpful…helped me understand more about my overall safety.” (Introduction to Physical Self-Defense,  April course)

Very well done. …very helpful. I feel empowered and confident. … It was excellent! … I think every woman, girl, teen should take this class. Knowledge is power.” Cindy M., (Violence Dynamics – Basic Self Defense, March 2013)

Very helpful – liked information at beginning [and] then hands-on (empowerment). Very, very good! From ignorance, fear, to paranoia to empowered with knowledge and skill and wanting to learn more. … Great class – every woman should take!” Sheri B. (Violence Dynamics – Basic Self Defense, March 2013)

Very helpful – informative. format was perfect – discussion to hands-on rate was great.” Darla, (Violence Dynamics – Basic Self Defense, March 2013)

It made me more aware of what to do in a bad situation and how important it is to counter-attack and to really know you can survive.” (Violence Dynamics – Basic Self Defense, March 2013)

“Great! Awareness of how to assess surrounding – feel prepared to defend myself with tools if needed. ‘Permission’ to be impolite if my instincts tell  me …”  Missy J., (Violence Dynamics – Basic Self Defense, March 2013)

“Felt paranoid at first but much more confident by the end. Very amazing to be able to share during presentation. … Liked everything.” Lori V., ( Violence Dynamics – Basic Self Defense, March 2013)

“Good intro on how to protect myself. Really liked the prevention/awareness [discussion].” Christine M., (Violence Dynamics and Basic Self-Defense.”)

Very empowering.” (Private training, Violence Dynamics and Basic Physical Self Defense)

“I’m so happy that [my daughter] took this course [Personal Safety and Self Defense], especially now that we live in LA. … I worry so much less than I would have knowing that she has the tools she needs to protect herself. Thanks Brigitte!”  Mother of a now 18- year-old student.

Counter attack and escape

Counter attack and escape

 

“Nobody functions her best knowing someone is stalking her or her loved ones, especially when a child is involved. It is a fine balance; one must be aware enough to protect herself, and her child, but learn to overcome the groomed helplessness, …. Trauma informed training provides a conditioned brain other options for both thought and action. It helps build a sense of trust in oneself, which is essential to a healthy recovery. This kind of growth needs a safe place to take root. Reaching outside the system, through a network of trust and confidentiality, with the assistance of family and friends, to find Brigitte was a critical step in survival. Removing herself as a target geographically and working with Brigitte helped her begin to imagine (or re-imagine) the story she could live beyond the abuser, and beyond the failure of the system — a future reality where she had the ability to exercise effective tools moving toward becoming herself again, no longer feeling like helpless prey.” (Mother of a survivor of intimate partner violence and stalking; Private Intimate Partner Violence Dynamics and Physical Self-Defense Training)

“After my divorce, my good friend hounded me to take TKD [Taekwon-do] with her. I resisted. She insisted. I relented. I committed to one year, but am now well into my second year and going strong. Although I have the dubious distinction of being the oldest in our class and, I think, all the Kim’s TKD in the valley, I wear that proudly. You see, I am in the best shape I have ever been in my life. I have met some wonderful people. We watch out for each other and help each other in class when we are having problems. As someone in our class stated, we are family. It’s more than a martial arts class. It’s confidence-building, respect-orientated, & endurance enhancing.” Kathy B. (Taekwon-do student)

1st Dan BlackbeltsTaekwondo is a great sport for fitness. It is a better cardiovascular
workout for me than running. With its short bursts of intense energy,
taekwondo builds stamina and burns calories.” (Taekwon-do student in her 40’s)

I am in overall better physical condition. Even though I may take some time off from playing volleyball or basketball, when the season starts again it is easier for me to jump back in and play because I have stayed physically active and strong doing taekwondo.” (14-year old Taekwon-do student)

“Taekwondo is about so much more than kicking and punching. We are very respectful and courteous to one another. We learn a lot of self-discipline and self-control. We also learn the value of humility and perseverance. If you come to class, work hard and listen to your instructors, you will improve and advance. In reaching goals, your self-confidence improves. This is huge for kids especially. Kids have it tough nowadays and have a lot of choices to make. This is a positive, safe and fun way for kids to learn some basic life skills and hopefully carry those skills with them in every other thing they pursue.” (Taekwon-do student and mother of two sons and a daughter)

“This [taekwon-do]has been a fun thing for me to do with my family. It has also helped me to stay in better physical condition for elk hunting season.” (50-year old Taekwon-do student)

“With all the jumping and kicking we do in taekwondo my vertical jump for basketball increased by about 8 inches. Another benefit I discovered from taekwondo is getting up in front of my English class and giving a 5 minute ‘spur-of-the-moment’ speech is nothing. I feel more confident even if I don’t have any idea what I am talking about in the speech.” (Taekwon-do student)

Mindfulness, combined with self defense training, is useful to every person, every age, in every walk of life.  BUT, it begins with the desire to take personal responsibility for oneself – intentions, thoughts, words and actions.  When we become the mindful observer we diminish fear-based thought and action.” (Taekwon-do and self-defense course participant)

“Everything was excellent and explained very well. Thank you so much! I will be back for other courses…” (Personal Safety – Self-defense participant)

Hi - 5s after completing self defense course

Hi- 5’s

Really enjoyed the class – one of the best I’ve been to. Thanks.” (Women’s Personal Safety and Self-Defense Course)

“I liked learning about when force is appropriate. It gave me a new perspective on self-defense.” (Justifiable Use of Force course)

“Thank you for this opportunity.”

“..was a great class. Thank you, really enjoyed it.”

“Excellent. Thank you for presenting this topic.” (Justifiable Use of Force)

“All of it was helpful. Brigitte spoke concisely and had great examples. …I liked the way it was presented.  This introduction made me hungry to learn more. Loved it. Thank you.” (Women’s Personal Safety and Self-Defense course)

“The entire program was helpful and excellent. Thank you!”

“You provide an important education.” (Personal Safety – Self-Defense)

“You guys are doing a good thing.” (Personal Safety- Basic Self Defense course)

Incapacitate + Escape

Incapacitate + Escape

 

“There are many self-defense classes and a lot of information out there, but Mrs. Tuller’s classes are very relevant and practical. Recently we had a bizarre but potentially threatening situation in our home. Because of the information I learned in her classes, I was able to pass that information on to my children. Even though my children were afraid, they knew exactly what to do and handled the situation correctly. Talking about violence doesn’t mean we think it’s going to happen to us, but if it does and we have a plan, we are one step ahead. Ignorance does not equal safety and awareness does not equal paranoia.”

“I think what I liked the most was that it had practical components, learning to think more broadly about options for staying safe. I felt that the class was very methodically presented in that it built at a comfortable level from class to class.”

“..it is an opportunity for women of all ages to benefit from the class.”

“Though (participant’s daughter) wasn’t thrilled at first to spend three hours on a Sunday afternoon in self-defense class [for four Sundays], it only took one class to realize that it was worth the time.”

“After the first class, I was excited to go back.”

“”It’s a great idea for people to educate themselves…Crime can happen anywhere. We don’t have 24-hour coverage and criminals know that.” Local law enforcement officer that attended classes as guest speaker and to witness the application of the physical skills learned.

“Obviously taking the class can’t be required for everyone, but I do think that all teenage girls should take the class and learn how to defend themselves.”

“Definition of the laws was very helpful to me. Some women and young girls may not be aware of this.”

“..made me aware of safety issues. …Mrs. Tuller covered lots of material and I feel more prepared … [also] Thank you to [the police officers that participated in this class.]

“[The course] was helpful in providing information on awareness and self protection. All areas of the course were helpful in providing information on the laws and your options….There was plenty of time to practice basic movements and I do plan to return to future classes.”

“I really liked the techniques of defense because I would not have normally known anything other than a stomp + a groin strike…I think Brigitte does a fantastic job of teaching – great explanations of techniques and yes, plenty of practice. …Great job! I was highly impressed with the program.”

“{I}t was helpful because I felt that if a situation … were to happen I wouldn’t just stand there thinking what to do.”

“It was fun.”

“[I}t was all helpful.”

“C. (participant’s daughter) did not want to come today – she was embarrassed to have to fight back against an “attacker”- … but you should tell teens in future classes how one of your previous students ended up loving it and wanted to go again. I’m very proud of her.”

“Awesome job…

Learned that “we have to rely more on awareness, reduction + avoidance…”

“Instructor’s mastery of the information [was helpful] Very clear. [Also] Huge thanks to [the participating police officers.]”

Powerful Hammer fist

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Comments on "Testimonials"

  1. 16 year old boy says:

    “With all the jumping and kicking we do in taekwondo my vertical jump for basketball increased by about 8 inches. Another benefit I discovered from taekwondo is getting up in front of my English class and giving a 5 minute ‘spur-of-the-moment’ speech is nothing. I feel more confident even if I don’t have any idea what I am talking about in the speech.”

  2. 14 year old girl says:

    ” I am in overall better physical condition. Even though I may take some time off from playing volleyball or basketball, when the season starts again it is easier for me to jump back in and play because I have stayed physically active and strong doing taekwondo.”

  3. “Taekwondo is about so much more than kicking and punching. We are very respectful and courteous to one another. We learn a lot of self-discipline and self-control. We also learn the value of humility and perseverance. If you come to class, work hard and listen to your instructors, you will improve and advance. In reaching goals, your self-confidence improves. This is huge for kids especially. Kids have it tough nowadays and have a lot of choices to make. This is a positive, safe and fun way for kids to learn some basic life skills and hopefully carry those skills with them in every other thing they pursue.”

  4. “This has been a fun thing for me to do with my family. It has also helped me to stay in better physical condition for elk hunting season.”

  5. Kathy Browning says:

    After my divorce, my good friend hounded me to take TKD with her. I resisted. She insisted. I relented. I committed to one year, but am now well into my second year and going strong. Although I have the dubious distinction of being the oldest in our class and, I think, all the Kim’s TKD in the valley, I wear that proudly. You see, I am in the best shape I have ever been in my life. I have met some wonderful people. We watch out for each other and help each other in class when we are having problems. As someone in our class stated, we are family. It’s more than a martial arts class. It’s confidence-building, respect-orientated, & endurance enhancing.

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