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 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 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
    • 2 Segments – home study and practical training
  • Phase 2 – Loosening & escape techniques
    • 2 segments – home study and practical training
  • Phase 3 – Self defense against weapons (bladed instrument, gun, stick/club)
  • Phase 4 – Specific Scenario/Environment Training, Multiple Attackers, Ground Fighting and more.
    • Custom-designed practical training only.

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 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/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 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 (requires completion of Phases 1 & 2)
  • CSDI – Level 2 (requires completion of Phases 1, 2 & 3)
  • CSDI – Level 3 (requires completion of all 4 hases)

(click on green boxes below for information details)

General information about Self Defense Instructor Specialty certification completion

  • The CSDI Levels must be completed in numerical sequence.
  • The practical training segments for Phases 1, 2 & 3 will require a partner for physical skill practice.

CSDI Levels 1 & 2 (Phases 1, 2, & 3) include:

  • A home study segment (manuals, videos and exams), and
  • A practical training segment (contact Empower Training Systems for details).

CSDI Level 3 involves practical training only.

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 for You!

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!