Program History

Empower Training Systems founder Tim Rochford began teaching self defense in 1982. The program was initially named Dynamic Personal Defense Systems.

The words ‘Dynamic’ and ‘Personal’ were used because Rochford recognized that self defense training should be custom-designed to each individual participant. His program would not be static, it would be dynamic in that it would constantly change to meet each participant’s unique needs. Thus, the philosophy behind the core program was ‘born’ and has continued to evolve since its inception.

Program Philosophy

In the Empower Self Defense program, the word “Proactive” is the key to our self defense philosophy, “The best defense is a proactively prepared offense.”

Our goal is to Proactively EMPOWER our participants or clients by developing and enhancing Awareness (Mental, Emotional, Environmental and Physical), knowledge and physical skill through our training programs.

Training and Information

Instructor Training & Certification

Empower Training Systems develops and trains self defense instructors, beginners to advanced levels. The training programs are also approved for continuing education credit for certified fitness professionals (A.C.E., NASM, and NETA). National, regional and local training available – for info click here

Client Self-Defense Training

Empower Training Systems custom designs and facilitates training programs for individuals, private groups, public groups, corporations, and organizations – for info, click here

Fitness Professional CEC/CEU information

• To view our distance learning / home study course packages, click here

• To see videos of some of our training events, click here