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.