Self Defense Classes Montreal, Quebec
Born in 1969, Richard Dimitri began his martial arts training in 1975. By the age of 21 he’d acquired instructor certifications and black belts in several forms of martial arts, combative, and self defense disciplines which lead him into various careers that spanned over 2 decades in the fields of private and personal security, bodyguard for high profile clients and doorman.
Backed by unswerving research into the psychology of violence along with his training and experience, Rich formulated his own method of self-protection called Senshido International, a self defense system predicated on human behaviour in relation to the psychology of both social and anti-social violence. In 1994, he opened his first school in the heart of downtown Montreal, Canada and by 1999; Richard became, and is still considered one of the top and most sought out violence prevention, personal protection and defense tactics experts in the world.
A list of some of his prestigious clients include the British Special Forces, the Finland Presidential Security Team, SWAT and Counter Terrorist Units, CTR High Risk Investigations & Security UK, the Mexico City Chapter of the Guardian Angels, International Women’s movements Girls Gone Gorgeous (Los Angeles California), the Association for Women’s Total Advancement & Development and the Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women (ADEW, Cairo Egypt) as well as men, women and children from all walks of life and corners of the globe.
Referred to as one of the top 20 toughest fighter’s on planet earth in the April 2006 issue of Black Belt magazine, and inducted into the National Registry of “Who’s Who” Business directory for outstanding business practice 2002, 2003 – 2005, 2006; Richard was also a member of the former American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers, released over 30 instructional DVDs and self-published several books including his best seller ‘In Total Defense of the Self’ which was dubbed as “One of the best books ever written on self defense” by Black Belt Magazine’s contributing editor, Mr. Lito Angeles.
Today, Richard continues teaching and bringing awareness on violence prevention all over the world as well as for SAFE International™ working with high-schools, health care centers, corporations and First Nations to name a few.
Born in 1979, Pamela Armitage grew up in the dance and modeling industry in Red Deer and Calgary, Alberta. She began teaching ballet and jazz at 16 years old as a teacher assistant first and on her own by the age of 18. Along with various dance and baton clubs, she was a long time instructor with Chairtease Dance studios in Red Deer. In 1999, she was hired by Mode Models to lend her experience to the talent and new model development divisions, teaching new girls the ropes of the industry. This experience in both the dance and modeling world gave Pam insight on the victimization that happens in both industries and the aftermath.
In 2012, Pam began researching self defense and was overwhelmed by the sheer volume and vast differences in self defense programs and tools out there. None of which had any emotional or psychological aspects of violence or understood the attacker’s mentality within their programs; except for one. Richard Dimitiri’s Senshido International, a self defense system predicated on human behaviour in relation to the psychology of both social and anti-social violence.
Pam is currently obtaining her certification in Senshido (www.senshido.com) and in 2015, she completed her RYT200 certification as a Yoga Teacher with a special focus on Trauma Sensitive Yoga, working with sufferers of PTSD, victims of sexual assault and addicts.
In July 2017, she became a SAFE International™ certified instructor and has been working with SAFE since. “To know that I am giving high school girls the knowledge and tools to prevent and protect them from violence is a beautiful feeling. Empowering young girls, women and others deemed vulnerable in society is important work and I am grateful I get to be a part of something so important!”