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About LifeForce
Self Defense

Our Mission

Most women have had no formal self defense training, yet nearly 1/3 of women worldwide experience violence against them during their lives. At LifeForce, we believe practical self defense should be a part of every woman's education.


Our approach is dynamic and multi-faceted, aimed at empowering women to:

Cultivate a strong sense of self-confidenceAdvocate for their own safety & well-being

Decrease anxiety & stress levels

• Enhance mental resilience & emotional intelligence

​• Integrate effective self-defense responses into muscle memory

• Discern between realistic self-defense and its portrayal in sports & movies

• Discover their innate power & strength

​• Overcome obstacles with determination

Lead & inspire others in their communities

Our Methodology

LifeForce is a sister company to Guided Chaos Adaptive Defense and the Perkins Self Defense System, renowned self-protection methodologies with a global presence since 1976.


Our team of certified instructors are all directly trained by John Perkins, internationally recognized self-defense expert and author of best-selling book "Attack Proof: The Ultimate Guide to Personal Protection". John was a Yonkers Detective, crime scene investigator, forensic expert, blood stain pattern analyst, ballistics expert, bodyguard, Grand Master of Ki Chuan Do/Guided Chaos, and instructor of every aspect of personal protection for over 50 years. Before his untimely death in 2023, John was recognized as "the West's foremost expert of the dynamics of violence." 

Our comprehensive programs provide you with the knowledge, skills, and mindset necessary to effectively safeguard yourself and others. Acknowledging the unpredictable nature of real violence, we emphasize swift and decisive action through adaptations of specific close-quarters combat techniques.


Using neuromuscular conditioning, we instill responses that become reflexive, allowing you to adapt and make split-second decisions in chaotic situations. These responses become second nature through training in diverse and unchoreographed scenarios. Our goal is to empower you to carry these essential skills with you wherever life may lead.

We cover a diverse array of topics in our classes, events & workshops, prioritizing the prevention of violence through increased awareness, mindset training, recognizing warning signs, and trusting your instincts. Additionally, we address how to handle 'common attacks' and self-defense situations, understand the use of self-defense weapons, debunk prevalent myths & misconceptions, and much more. 

Our Instructors

Unlike other self-defense classes, our women's classes are led by a female certified self-defense instructor. Tina has 15 years experience training & teaching self protection under John Perkins. Also a registered nurse, Tina is deeply committed to helping women gain access to the self-defense training every woman needs. 


Our male instructors all have decades of experience training GC & the Perkins Self Defense System to a range of law enforcement, military personnel & security professionals, as well as others from all walks of life. From The Girl Scouts to professional athletes, domestic abuse survivors and everyone in between, our instructors bring a level of expertise and experience not found anywhere else. Our main instructors include:

• Kevin - Retired federal air marshal, criminal investigator for FBI Investigative Task Forces, Lead Executive Protection Agent for the Secretary and Deputy of US Dept of Agriculture, 6th degree blackbelt

Joe  - Executive protection consultant, instructor & owner of the Self Defense Training Center in Kingston NY, 6th degree blackbelt

• Michael - Bodyguard, competitive athlete, personal trainer, self-defense instructor with over 30 yrs experience under John Perkins, 8th degree blackbelt

• Jerry - Certified self-defense instructor, 4th degree blackbelt

• Zeke - Certified self-defense instructor, 4th degree blackbelt

• Amanda - Certified self-defense instructor, 3rd degree blackbelt


​Our classes frequently change to cater to the needs of our students. Stay updated by subscribing to receive notifications about new class offerings. For inquiries or to arrange classes tailored to your/your group's specific needs, feel free to contact us here.

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