David presented a great course

David presented a great course on self defense to our single parent college students. We learned how to stay safe with out the need to fight! Very valuable lesson that included easy ways to mitigate danger and stay safe in different environments!

Jessica Perkins
Catholic Social Services

As a woman, I worry

As a woman, I worry about crime in my city, and that is why I decided to take a self-defense class. David, from Rapid Self Defense, teaches in a simple to understand manner and the remote learning was easy and effective. I learned to increase situational awareness, how to avoid being a victim of a crime, and what to do if I become a target of someone who wants to hurt me. I thought the class was so helpful, that I employed David to teach my daughters the materials and methods. David is a pro in this arena. You can trust him to teach useful avoidance and tactical information that will help you to stay safe.


Mr. Hegstad is a very patient

Mr. Hegstad is a very patient and knowledgeable instructor, and it is immediately clear he has a passion for his craft. His attention to detail and willingness to help others improve themselves, no matter their current condition, is very impressive. He has much to offer anyone.

Jerid N.
USMC Veteran

I’m thankful for the awareness

I’m thankful for the awareness that I gained through the course, permission to be rude and the confidence that comes from having knowledge and a plan in case a threating situation were to happen. I would definitely recommend the course to all the ladies I know!

Ashley K.

The instructor really believes in

The instructor really believes in the importance of self-defense for women. The information he presented was very useful to know and to be able to use to keep women safe.

Joyce Wilson

David is a teacher with

David is a teacher with not only patience but a good sense of humor and very personable and understanding. His students will see that his dojo is not only a place to train, but also a place to grow as a individual. I enjoyed training and learning from David, and I thank him for introducing me to Judo.

Rodney Mance

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Learn simple and effective skills and strategies for de-escalation, self-defense, and concealed carry.


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SAFE Self-Defense for Women (8hrs)

For 30 years SAFE Self-Defense programs have helped over 200,00 women and students empower themselves with practical violence prevention and self-defense skills. This course goes beyond the student program and has participants learn to spot potential threats and understand risky situations through real-life video analysis. Equip yourself with the knowledge to stay SAFE in any environment.

Course topics:

  • The legal, ethical, and moral aspects of self-defense.
  • Avoidance, awareness, and de-escalation.
  • Trusting your intuition.
  • Being a hard target.
  • Survival mindset.
  • The predator's MO.
  • Physical defensive skills.
  • Simulated attack.
  • and much, much more.
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SAFE Self-Defense for STUDENTS

For 30 years SAFE Self-Defense programs have helped over 200,00 women and students empower themselves with practical violence prevention and self-defense skills. This program is delivered over 5 lessons and is designed to give middle school and high school students the basic knowledge and skills needed to stay safe both at school and in their community.

Course topics:

  • The legal, ethical, and moral aspects of self-defense.
  • Avoidance, awareness, and de-escalation.
  • Trusting your intuition.
  • The predator's MO.
  • Simple strategies to stay safe.
  • Physical defensive skills.
  • Simulated attack.
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De-escalation, the ultimate self-defense Skill

Social violence can erupt in any setting, from schools and workplaces to bars and even at your child’s little league game. What often begins as a simple disagreement can quickly escalate into a violent confrontation with lasting consequences.

This program equips participants with effective communication and conflict resolution skills designed to defuse tense situations and prevent violence. Learn how to navigate and resolve conflicts calmly and effectively, ensuring safety and understanding in high-stress situations.

De-escalation skills are essential for everyone, as conflict is an inevitable part of life. Join us to develop the tools necessary to manage and resolve conflicts peacefully.

Course topics:

  • Social vs. anti-social violence.
  • What de-escalation is and is not.
  • Let go my ego.
  • Strategic empathy.
  • Mirroring and labeling.
  • When losing is winning.
  • Body language.
  • Role-plays.
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"Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth." - Mike Tyson

This course explores the psychological and physiological effects of stress and fear on the body. Through theoretical knowledge and controlled practical scenarios, participants will learn to recognize and control how they react to violent situations.

Ideal not only for those interested in self-defense, but for anyone who wants to understand conflict dynamics and develop their resilience. Join us to enhance your ability to manage stress and fear effectively.

Course topics:

  • Understanding Fear and Adrenaline.
  • Know Your Enemy, Know Yourself.
  • Cultivating a Combative Perspective.
  • Controlling The Emotional Dynamic.
  • Developing and Accessing Your Inner Strength.
  • Skill Development Drills.
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Drawing upon the most effective techniques in MMA and adding military level violence, R.A.T. is the most aggressive fighting system on Earth. After decades in use, the original system has been expanded, and now addresses six important areas to turn anyone into a complete fighter. Standing, clinch, ground, weapons, energy drills, and the golden goose.

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The NRA CCW (Concealed Carry) course is the latest pistol course released by the nation's leading firearms organization, The National Rifle Association. Passing is not easy, but can be accomplished by competent beginners and experienced shooters. Message us to find out if this course is right for you.

Course topics:

  • The safe storage, use, and handling of a pistol. including, but not limited to, safe storage, use, and handling to protect child safety. (REQUIRED)
  • Ammunition knowledge, and the fundamentals of pistol shooting. (REQUIRED)
  • Pistol shooting positions. (REQUIRED)
  • Firearms and the law, including civil liability issues and the use of deadly force. (REQUIRED)
  • Avoiding criminal attack and controlling a violent confrontation. (REQUIRED)
  • All laws that apply to carrying a concealed pistol in this state. (REQUIRED)
  • Pistol Nomenclature.
  • Selecting a Pistol for Self-Defense.
  • Basic Defensive Pistol Skills.
  • Drawing from Concealment.
  • Emergency Reloading.
  • Stoppage Remediation.
  • Mindset.
  • Carry Modes.
  • Pistol Concealment.
  • Firearm Cleaning and Maintenance. (offered upon request)
  • Sport Shooting and Training Activities. (offered upon request)
  • 5 hours or range time with live fire. (REQUIRED) Students will need 200+ rounds of ammunition to complete course objectives. (MI required minimum: 30 rounds, 3 hours.)
  • Course Length: 8-9 hours classroom time (excluding firearm cleaning and sport shooting lessons) and 5 hours of range time. (MI required minimum: 8 hours.)
  • Minimum Age: 21yo.

This course meets the MI State CPL Course Requirement. The MI CPL allows you to carry a pistol concealed. Electro-muscular disruption technology, commonly called tasers, are permitted with a MI CPL. It DOES NOT allow you to carry knives concealed.

Michigan Code 28.425j

Michigan Code 750.224a

Michigan Code 750.227

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