The Empower Self Defense Instructor Training / Certification Program

Increases and improves the knowledge, skills, teaching capabilities and self defense business acumen of anyone who teaches self defense or personal safety programs.

This comprehensive self defense instructor training program provides participants with the ability to teach realistic, practical and effective self defense and personal safety skills, techniques, and strategies – that is our mission, our highest priority.

The Empower Self Defense program delivers the greatest self defense training value for instructor-trainees, in a time-efficient and cost effective manner!

 Clients have included:

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

Fitness Professionals earn CEC/CEUs from A.C.E., NASM, NETA and other Certification Organizations!

All Empower Training Systems’ self defense instructor training workshops and home study courses are currently accredited for CEC/CEUs for A.C.E., NASM, and NETA. Contact 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, re-direction and striking
  • Phase 2 – Loosening & escape techniques
  • Phase 3 – Self defense against weapons (blades, firearm, stick/club)
  • Phase 4 – Three options:
    • Option 1 – Specific Scenario or Environment Training, or
    • Option 2 – Multiple Attackers & Ground Fighting, or
    • Option 3 – Combination of Options 1 & 2

Phases 1, 2 & 3 – include home study and practical training.

Phase 4 – currently practical training only.

Awareness training is an important component and is emphasized in Empower’s self-defense training program curriculum. Focus on 4 types of Awareness:

  • Mental
  • Emotional
  • Environmental
  • Physical

The best self defense is avoidance or peaceful resolution of a conflict situation. Heightened levels of mental, emotional, environmental and physical awareness increases an individual’s capability to recognize and avoid, or more effectively 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 knowledge through continuing education. Empower offers additional self defense training (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 can provide references for any self defense instructor who completes our program(s). Facilities are welcome to contact Empower Training Systems, Inc., to find an ETS-trained instructor.


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

  • CSDI – Level 1 (completion of Phases 1 & 2)
    • Home study (manuals, videos and exams), and
    • Practical training
  • CSDI – Level 2 (Level 1 + completion of Phase 3)
    • Home study (manual, video and exam), and
    • Practical training
  • CSDI – Level 3 (Level 2 + completion of Phase 4)
    • Practical training only

Important: For information about Practical Training, contact Empower Training Systems!

(click on green boxes below for information details)

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

CSDI Level 2 (complete Phases 1, 2 & 3, in sequence) - click here for details

CSDI Level 3 (complete Phases 1, 2 3 & 4 in sequence) 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 us for detailed information about Specialty Certification:

  • Prerequisites,
  • Completion process, and
  • Training and program benefits.

Program Development and Consulting Available!

Empower Training Systems provides guidance in or complete design of self defense / personal safety training programs for corporations, organizations or private groups. Contact us for more information!