The Empower Self Defense Instructor Training / Certification program

  • Raises inexperienced, prospective self defense instructors to a higher level of competency, OR
  • Enhances the knowledge, skills, teaching capabilities and self defense business acumen of established, experienced self defense instructors.

Providing our self defense instructor trainees with the ability to teach realistic, practical and effective self defense and personal safety skills, techniques, and strategies is our highest priority.

The Empower Self Defense – PPS program delivers the greatest self defense training value for instructors in the shortest possible time.

 Clients have included:

• Fitness Professionals
• Law Enforcement Personnel
• Physical Education Teachers
• Military Personnel

Fitness Professionals Earn A.C.E., NASM, and AFAA CEC/CEUs

All Empower Training Systems workshops and home study self defense instructor training courses are currently accredited for CEC/CEUs for A.C.E., NASM and AFAA.  Check with us for additional CEC/CEU accreditation from fitness certification organizations and/or any other professional development organizations.

Self Defense Instructor Training Program

The Self Defense Instructor Training program consists of 4 Phases:

Phase 1 – Evasion movements, re-direction and striking techniques

Phase 2 – Loosening & escape techniques

Phase 3 – Self defense against weapons (bladed instrument, gun, stick/club)

Phase 4 – Specific Scenario/Environment Training, Multiple Attackers, Ground Fighting and more. No home study available – this is a custom-designed training segment.

All Phases cover the 4 Types of Awareness, legal liability, physical conditioning for self defense training and other important subject areas.

Awareness (mental, emotional, environmental & physical) training is emphasized in Empower’s self-defense training program curriculum. Empower Training Systems believes that the best self defense is avoidance or peaceful resolution.

Heightened levels of mental, emotional, environmental and physical awareness provides an increased capability to recognize & avoid or more proficiently and peacefully resolve a conflict situation.

Continuing Education In Self Defense

Empower Training Systems is a strong believer in constantly upgrading physical skills and increasing/improving knowledge through continuing education. Empower offers a wide array of additional self defense training through workshops and home study that will enhance any instructor’s abilities and capabilities. We want to “empower” self defense instructors to become the best of the best!

Instructor Referral

Empower Training Systems maintains a database of the self defense instructors who complete our self defense training courses, workshops and programs. We can provide references for any self defense instructor who is in our database. Facilities are welcome to check with us to find ETS-trained instructors.


Empower Training Systems offers 3 Specialty Certification (CSDI – Certified Self Defense Instructor) levels:

  • CSDI – Level 1 (have completed Phases 1 & 2 programs)
  • CSDI – Level 2 (have completed Phases 1, 2 & 3 programs)
  • CSDI – Level 3 (have completed all 4 program Phases)

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General information about Self Defense Instructor Specialty certification completion

  • CSDI Level 1 and CSDI Level 2 may be completed separately or together, but must be done in sequence.
  • Previous training experience (martial arts, law enforcement, & military) is reviewed and possibly accepted.
  • The practical training segment requires a partner for physical skill practice.

CSDI Levels 1 & 2 include:

  • A home study segment (manuals, videos and exams), and
  • A practical training segment (contact Empower Training Systems to find out about the 3 practical training options).

CSDI Level 3 involves practical training only.

CSDI - Level 1 (complete Phases 1 & 2) - click here for details

CSDI Level 2 (currently hold CSDI - Level 1 & complete Phase 3) - click here for details

CSDI Level 3 (currently hold CSDI - Level 2 & complete Phase 4) click here for details

Advanced Training & Specialty Certifications

Empower Training Systems offers 2 levels of Advanced Specialty Certification

  • MSDI (Master Self Defense Instructor)
  • MSDT (Master Self Defense Trainer)

Contact Empower Training Systems for detailed information about

  • Specialty Certification prerequisites and completion process, and
  • Specialty Certification training and program benefits.

Program Development and Consulting

Empower Training Systems provides guidance in or complete design of self defense / personal safety training programs for corporations, organizations or groups of any size. Let us know what you need and we will work to create the self defense / personal safety program that will achieve your goals! Contact ETS for more information!