Why choose Staff Defence to train you?

When you’re concerned about personal safety (yours or someone else’s) or looking for good solutions to managing a potential conflict, you want to be sure that the training you get to help you is of the highest standard.

Choosing Staff Defence as your training company gives you the information and practise you need, to give you peace of mind and to feel safe and confident going forward.

The company was started by Steven Scales and Peter Holmes in 2009. They wanted to develop a simple and effective version of the skills they had learned over many years, so that people can defend themselves without having to be physically fit or strong, and without having any previous experience – in particular they wanted to help women and children in this regard.

“It is very satisfying when you can see people after the courses feeling empowered and having a greater level of self esteem and confidence, which can have a big impact on how they approach life as a whole.” – Steven Scales

Our Instructors

Staff Defence instructors have been hand-picked for their expertise in their relevant fields and many come from a wide range of levels in the Security Industry and the British Military. Each instructor who teaches the personal safety/lone traveller courses has a minimum of 25 years experience in training and teaching martial arts.

As well as their martial arts experience, every instructor holds the following HABC Level 3 qualifications:

  • Advanced Award in Physical Restraint Instruction
  • The Delivery of Conflict Management Training
  • Deliverers of Physical Intervention Training within the Private Security Industry
  • Award in Education Training

All of our instructors are DBS checked and hold a current First Aid Certificate and Public Liability Insurance.

Previous clients

We have conducted seminars for:

  • members of the US Military;
  • members of the British Military;
  • private International security companies;
  • wide range of corporate clients.

We have also conducted training days for the Metropolitan Police including more specialised branches such as CO19, The British Transport Police and Counter Terrorist Instructors, focusing on their personal safety training. Take a look at some of the testimonials we have been given by previous clients.

Who do we train?

We have trained people from age 5 through to age 70 – people from all walks of life. No prior knowledge is needed and no particular level of fitness is required. Our physical training is designed to be low-intensity. Just come along in comfortable clothing and bring a bottle of water with you.
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Where are the training courses held?

We will travel (almost) anywhere to hold our training courses, both nationally and internationally. These courses are held in gyms as local to you as possible and these arrangements will be discussed at the time of booking.