Coach Jeremy's Non-Violent Self-Defense system includes elements of various styles, including Krav Maga, American Military martial arts, Jiu Jitsu, Ninjitsu, and Kung Fu. Nonviolent self-defense is centered on the virtues of compassion, humility, and of doing no-harm. The philosophy cultivates the firm belief that most aggressive situations can be dissolved by a peaceful, nonviolent approach, even if the situation becomes physical. Coach Jeremy's nonviolent self-defense training, then, includes both verbal conflict resolution skills AND physical self-defense. The physical self-defense element utilizes controls and holds with the aim to secure aggressive individuals without seriously injuring, maiming, or threatening the individual's life.

Often, our greatest impediment to creating or maintaining peace are our own egos. Hence, we must learn techniques to our ego-based pride when confronted by aggression. Nonviolence includes learning to calm ourselves when emotionally triggered, and to calmly respond to a situation rather than defensively react, which often escalates a situation when it could have been de-escalated. This applies to both physical and non-physical scenarios, both in violent and potentially non-violent emotionally salient conflicts.

We recognize that, of course, certain rare situations require aggressive, violent self-defense; however, most potentially violent situations can be mitigated by a heightened sense of awareness and training in nonviolent communication and conflict resolution. Hence, Coach Jeremy requires all of his students to be trained in nonviolent self-defense and conflict resolution prior to being trained in violent self-defense or martial arts, including weaponry.

Below is a video series of Conflict Resolution for Violent Interactions by Coach Jeremy. You can read more about his conflict resolution training here.