Self-Defense for Writers

Please join us on September 8, 2014, as we welcome trained self-defense instructors Marty and Pat Rogers.  Here’s a little more about our speakers:

Marty Rogers is 65 years old and trained in: Japanese Karate, Aikido, Akijutsu, Kenjutsu, Judo, Jujitsu, Go Shin Jutsu, and Shodan (1st degree black belt) rank.

Specialties include: Semi-automatic handgun, collapsible metal baton, crossbow, tactical knife fighting, throwing stars, and 3′ stick (cane) fighting.

“I was constantly bullied during my time as a student in the public school system and have also been approached on local Tidewater area streets twice during attempted crime set-ups,” Marty said. “Beginning at the age of 21, desperate to learn methods for defending myself, I studied multiple styles of martial arts and tactical weapons training with five excellent teachers over a period of 34 years. I also assisted in several self-defense seminars and taught formal Aikido classes with my wife, Pat.”

Pat Rogers is 64 years old and trained in: Aikijutsu, Aikido, Brazilian Jujitsu, Judo, Japanese Karate, Kendo, Go Shin Jutsu, Tai Chi, Bojutsu, and Nidan (2nd degree black belt) rank.
Specialties include: Japanese sword, 6′ staff fighting, semi-automatic handgun and pressure point activation techniques.

Pat has been assaulted on the street by strangers in two separate cities. “Approximately nine years after the second incident, I met Marty and we began our journey of self-defense training for me,” Pat explained.

Marty and Pat are former members of the American Women’s Self Defense Association (AWSDA). Pat wrote an article that was published in their newsletter and they were invited to join by the founding members and board of directors. The organization is made up primarily of NYPD officers, nationwide state police officers, self-defense instructors, and tactical weapons training specialists, along with their wives and daughters.

Marty and Pat received their physical training in several nationally- and internationally-recognized schools and styles. They have trained together in Aikijutsu, Aikido, Judo, Japanese Karate, Go Shin Jutsu, Japanese Jujitsu, and Brazilian Jujitsu.

In 1991 they developed and taught a 12-week self-defense course for The Chesapeake Family YMCA. As a result of teaching that class, they were interviewed for a feature article in the Virginian-Pilot and were also guests on WNIS – Talk Radio. The class ran for three years and they taught more than 100 women and girls how to defend themselves. We also taught a traditional Aikido program in a local martial arts school from 2002-2005.

They couple was also certified by the State of Virginia – Department of Criminal Justice Services, to work in the private security industry and carry handguns. (Pat was a Private Investigator and Marty was trained in Armed Security.)

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