Sunday, November 11, 2012

"Survival Of The Littlest"...Latest Article in Blitz Magazine

Buy "Empower Your Kids to be Safe...for Life HERE or at

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

"Stranger Danger" and other myths...

Here is our latest article published in Blitz magazine. Enjoy!


"Empower Your Kids to be Safe...for Life" available in New Zealand HERE

Sunday, July 22, 2012

New Accredited Trainers in the South Island!

A HUGE welcome to the new Protect Accredited Trainers from Nelson and Christchurch!

From left: Aaron Williams (Nelson ITF), Craig Oliver (Pulse Taekwon-Do), Angela Oliver (Pulse Taekwon-Do), Luke Jackson (Pulse Taekwon-Do), Kris Herbison (Riccarton Taekwon-Do), Tomonori Shibata (Riccarton Taekwon-Do), Damon Stewart (Pulse Taekwon-Do).

Welcome to the program team!

For ful list of Accredited Trainers in NZ go the the Protect Group Classes website HERE

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Column 48 – Home sweet home

You should feel safe at home. We’ve all had that feeling where for a fleeting fear-belted moment that there might be someone else in our homes: uninvited and sinister. 
I recently read about a man who had that feeling and he then searched his house. He didn’t find anyone and went to bed. He later awoke when he heard unfamiliar breathing - which was coming from a stranger standing next to his bed. What unfolded in the home invasion was a robbery at knifepoint. I know nice, and that’s not it.

If he searched his house, why didn’t he find the person? Because fear changes the way we feel about something: he wasn’t searching the house with the intent to find someone, because of fear - he was searching the house to not to find someone. There is a massive difference between the two.

Your house, your home, whether you rent or own, is your domain. Understanding this is the basis for making great decisions to keep yourself safe. It means a number of things, and as one example; I experienced only a few nights ago, a knock at my door at about 9pm at night – it’s up to me- only I, whether I open the door or not.

If you are reading this in your home – look around your home now and know that this is your domain. Strengthen your mindset, say to yourself: I don’t fear anyone in my home half as much as anyone sinister should fear being in my home with me and my family.

Darcy Mellsop

Protect Self Defence NZ

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

New Protect Accredited Trainers in NZ!

I am very proud, excited, (and a little bit chuffed) to welcome the new Protect Accredited Trainers (Level 1) from throughout NZ.

From the Northern Region:

Pacific Sun Taekwondo
Mr Dion McCracken - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)
Mr Chris Dick - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)
Mr Sam Butturini - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)
Tactical Krav Maga Northland
Mr Scott Manwaring - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)
Choong Mu TaekwonDo
Mr Dean Baker- Accredited Trainer (Level 1)
Hwarang-Do Whangaroa
Mr Roman Scholl-Latour - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)
Mrs Seida Scholl-Latour - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)

Mr Karl Finlayson - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)

From the Auckland/Midlands region:

Tamaki Mt Wellington Taekwon-Do Academy
Ms Thu Nguyen - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)
Mr Bjarne Morris - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)
Mr Angad Nayyar - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)
Ms Chanthie Thach - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)
Paul M Taekwon-Do Papakura
Master Paul McPhail - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)
Ms Debbie Hart - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)

Paul M Glendowie (Taekwon-Do)
Mr Mark Banicevich - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)
Mr Ryan Van Heerden - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)
Ms Minette Steyn - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)
Mr Richard Forder - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)
Hwa Rang Academy - Otumoetai
Ms Christine Young - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)

Ms Sandy Tippet - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)
Mr Brendan Doogan - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)

It is fantastic to have these dedicated people on board and helping to empower people with the Protect education.

For information on the Accreditation program click the logo below to get in touch with us! Cheers. Phil


Ok, so how does this...

                                                         And then this...

Result in this?:

Only at Protect..! (Phil Thompson receiving the love from Advanced Self Defence Newcastle's Corey Hawes at a recent Auckland seminar to the Kyokushin Karate National camp attendees)

48 Hours Mystery - Name, Rank and Serial Killer?

Worth watching...very interesting...

Click HERE to watch

Fight in a pizza parlor, lots to observe...

This is awesome. So many things to learn/observe from this one short clip. Thanks to Chris Young for sending it to me. Just a few things: Initial escalation, pre-contact psychology, lack of any form of de-escalation (it could be argued that ignoring her was a de-escalation attempt but instead was a challenge to her), bystander effect, complete lack of awareness of Pre-Contact Indicators, lack of situational awareness, fear management, arousal control, and lots more...Enjoy the learning... :-)

Click here to watch

"Bullying" Great lessons in here...

This is worth watching, some good lessons in here:

Teens share bullying tales in video booth

This stood out to me (from Debra Pepler, a psychology professor at Toronto’s York University):

"The children who can stand up and be assertive are able to control themselves, and they have a bit more ability to cope,"

This is the exact ability (among others) that our courses, classes and training provides...

Latest Column from Darcy: "Obscene risk"

Obscene risk

I understand when parents and guardians get frustrated with their kids, I’m a dad and there’s times I’m frustrated too. With that said, there’s no excuse for what I witnessed the other day. A young kid had frustrated his dad, he had not crossed the road with his dad, and now dad was angry at one side of the road with the kid in tears on the other side of the road scared to cross by himself. His dad was trying to coax him across the road which was failing. This is usual stuff, but this is where it turns. The dad became frustrated enough to turn his back on his kid and start to walk away, which in an instant prompted the kid to run across the road. The kid wasn’t hit by a car, but it was certainly heart in the mouth stuff and a clear act of stupidity, whether intended or not, on the dads part.

Sometimes we are frustrated with our kids behaviour, but we cannot ever put them at risk to teach them a lesson. I was reading recently of a lady who was frustrated by her daughter always coming home later than agreed, and on night, locked the door and left it locked. She chose not to answer it though she could hear her daughter knocking – as she was frustrated enough to decide this to be her daughters lesson. The daughter then chose to do somewhere else for the night, but never arrived there as someone sinister found her on the way. Never ever put your loved ones at risk to teach them a lesson.

Conversely, let your kids know, that no matter what, they can always call you any time for a lift home, sure, they might still get a growling for something, but there’s no you won’t come, no matter the distance, no matter the time.

Darcy Mellsop
Protect Self Defence NZ

Want to meet the Wellington Instructor? Darcy has put together some videos talking about his Monday night classes and upcoming Safe for Life course, view them here...

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Protect and IFP Group support Youthline

The team from IFP Group/Mills Display NZ after the 'Self Defence FUNdamentals' workshop on Saturday. This was a joint fundraising initiative between Protect and IFP, raising money for Youthline's new South Auckland project which will help thousands of South Auckland youth. Very cool initiative and a SUPER cool group at IFP! Thanks team, it was awesome working with you all!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Darcy's Column: "Going Training"

How many of us invest in some self defence training for ourselves and our families? Perhaps not many – it doesn’t (yet) seem as mainstream as getting your first aid certificate. Consider that violence is like car accidents: totally unplanned events, can have devastating consequences and affects most of us at some stage in our lives.
Proper training doesn’t need to take months or weeks. You can have extremely effective training within a full day, as long as you know what to look for, so let me provide you with some tips.

Most importantly, a self defence course should be about lifting your belief system – an event where you discover and prove to yourself what you are capable of. Ask the provider how their training will definitely lift your capability. Ask also what the training covers. Proper training will cover all the elements of self defence: Avoidance, Defusion, Physical response and Post event issues including the law.

Though the training has to be “real” that doesn’t mean forsaking safety, both physically and emotionally. You have to be assured that you will be safe and have full control while you are training.

Ask about the types of physical techniques taught. Techniques which are so complicated that can’t be remembered in a week are useless. I’d have serious doubts if words such as: Wrist/arm locks, blocks, pressure points and throws were used to describe the techniques.

Importantly, do some research on the Instructor. Try to determine that they will be someone who’ll make it a great days training for you.

Darcy Mellsop

Protect Self Defence NZ

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Column 41 – "Reading violence"

Self defence is about being able to interpret, understand and protect ourselves from violence.

For too many, violence is used as their medium of communication. Like not being able to speak French we'd struggle in France; not understanding violence means that we'd miss vital pre-incident indicators that are present in all situations that lead to physical violence. Only when we understand violence can we see and comprehend the early warning signs.

You can detect what you have been trained to see. It's about knowing what is about to happen and being able to pre-empt it. Anyone can learn this language. Knowing it doesn't make you more violent. Without knowing how to interpret violence and the pre-cursors of violence, we can't accurately predict intentions of predators, which means that we can't act appropriately to stop it, either with the appropriate verbal or physical response.

So let me give you some insight now. If a predator is trying to change the environment: coerce you to go somewhere, physically drag you somewhere, or establish privacy such as shutting your curtains, these acts provide massive insight into their intentions. What is their intent? To take material items from you or is it to do with your being, such as physical or sexual assault? It's far likely to be the latter. When you can detect intent (prior to the physical violence) would that fuel your response? Of course. A honed response helps, blanket hope counts for nothing. This is just one aspect, but: never ever let the environment change.

Darcy Mellsop
Protect Self Defence NZ

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Hello. Remember the first day we met?

This is a post for the ladies. It is not designed as a scare tactic, instead it is designed to inspire thought on many different behavioural aspects of predatory behaviour...
From 'Safe For Life'...


Remember the first day we met?

I do. I knew we were meant to be together from the moment I layed eyes on you.

The world has become quite small since we’ve met. By sheer luck we had shared one friend and now I share most of your friends and know quite a few family members too. I know your family secrets, pets, habits and fears. You’ve come to depend on me. I listen to you. I sympathize with you when your heart is broken.

I make you laugh when I see you’re about to cry. You’ve come to depend on me. I do favors for you and soon you will be doing favors for me. You owe me. I spend most of my time thinking of you and seeing to your every need. One day it will be my turn. You better be ready. I haven’t done all this for nothing you know. I could go elsewhere but I’ve chosen you. You were nothing before me and have grown into a better person because of me. But you already know that don’t you?

I see the way you’ve been looking at me lately. You’ve been teasing me with those long looks of yours. I see through your facade of playing hard to get. You want me so bad it almost makes you look cheap the way you throw yourself at my feet. I know your little jealousy game. You’re such a child. You think I don’t see through you. I know you want to make me jealous when you speak with those other men whom you call co-workers and friends. It’s not working. You merely look like a stupid little schoolgirl.

You deserve to be treated as such. You’re a slut. A schoolgirl slut who deserves what she’s gonna get coming to her!

Actions speak louder than words.

Listen to your intuition; it is in direct result to something, which you may or may not be consciously aware of in the moment...

'Every Woman's guide to Being Safe...For Life' available at Whitcoulls or

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Latest Column from Darcy Mellsop - "See no evil"

"See no evil"

I was recently reading about Piha residents who have launched a campaign to remove a convicted child sex offender from their midst.

It reminded me of the same sort of incident in Kapiti recently where it was discovered that a convicted sex offender was living close to a school. I contacted the school to offer a session for the parents on what we could do to keep our kids safe, but it didn’t happen because the sex offender moved on. I didn’t contact the school for that one sex offender, I contacted the school about all the sex offenders that potentially lived near by. Commonly it’s the case of, if the known offender has moved, it’s all safe now. Those in the know, know that it’s not the case at all. There is some saying about an ostrich having its head in the sand, but I can’t remember it right now, but I’m sure you know it.

I could spend hours writing this column, but it’s important that I make this point.

I know that to many that this might sound like I’m trying to sell courses, but it’s actually about Avoidance. The key to Avoidance is consciously recognising a threat and taking effect action to avoid it.

Obviously, denial is not an effective strategy – though a much chosen strategy. It’s very quick and very easy. Job done.

Thinking that we are safe when the sex offender moves on is denial. You know the saying “I’ll believe it when I see it” well, when it comes to the protection of our kids, when it’s about things we wouldn’t do ourselves and therefore aren’t familiar with the strategies of sex offenders, it’s more like “I’ll see it when I believe it”. When you and your kids know what to look for, then you have a better chance of seeing it if it is present.

We know that we might be in a car accident, so we put on our seatbelts. Because we know that it’s possible to be in a car accident, we see things on the road that worry us – people cutting through late orange or red lights, not following the road code when giving way, aggressive drivers, those that follow to close behind, and so on. We see these threats as we know, we clearly know that they elevate the chance of a very real accident happening. That’s not denial. Also, knowing this doesn’t stop us from driving. But our acceptance of the possibility means that we can change the balance of possibility of being involved in an accident. We see a threat, and usually give a very wide berth.

Alternatively being completely unaware increases the likelihood of being in an accident – or even causing one and not knowing it.

So let’s use our energy correctly. Let’s be real so we can see reality. Let’s appreciate that most people are good, but there are many (plural) around that are dangerous.

Do not confuse the energy used to chase out of town a single convicted sex offender with the energy that is used to arm our kids with the tools to indentify when they are being scoped by any sex offender. Those energies are mutually exclusive – the former deals with perhaps an element – if they are not reformed, the latter focuses on the reality – those not yet caught.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Latest Article from Darcy Mellsop - "Spiders and stuff"

"Spiders and stuff"

If a spider builds a web, and it’s not catching any bugs, the spider basically has two choices: Do nothing and learn to survive on nothing or; rebuild its web in another place.

I was talking with a friend recently, and we were talking about Avoidance and he put it to me that Avoidance is pretty common sense really, just don’t do stuff like walk down dark alleys. But is it really that simple? I mean, we know this already, and most act on this advice, but there is still a heck of a lot of violence about, so what’s going on?

If you are the bad guy waiting in the dark alley, and you are getting bored waiting as everyone is heeding the advice not to venture there, are you going to remain there or go hunting? And if you are hunting in a different environment, such as bars, clubs and streets – generally where people
are, would you use the same strategies as you would have used in the colloquial dark alley, or do the strategies change and adapt to the environment?

We know that they change. Yes, we can change the balance of probability of being in locations safer than others, but predators do roam and scope. Predators have many skills, which they train and honed, especially verbal skills such as the manipulation strategies I’ve exposed in previous columns.

Understand this, predators aren’t all around us, generally good people are - but predators are everywhere. Scoping and evaluating. Good Avoidance stems from acknowledging this.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

"Let’s talk about violence" - Latest column by Darcy Mellsop

Let’s talk about violence.

I wonder if we talk enough about violence. I wonder why it isn’t main-stream conversation. We talk about other things prevalent in our society which affect us. We talk about sport, sex, politics, travel, our work, but not violence anywhere to the same degree.

When we do talk about violence, it’s usually to cover 3 things: justice (because we’ve read about something horrible that’s recently happened), what that person should have done to stop it from happening to them and what we might have done.

Is this enough to provide us valuable insight? Or are we simply picking over the bones of something that doesn’t offer us much value – talking about stuff that’s happened is reactive, we are really focusing on aftermath and also, it’s depressing stuff.

I think that we don’t have enough conversations that lead to us educating each other. Ok, so what’s the plan? Let’s share information. When we are talking about violence, talk about what we know. Talk about the things that some guy did that made us feel uncomfortable during the date and why we are not going to go out with him again. Or the time that our ego got in control of us and started to escalate a road rage incident. Challenge and discuss what you and others understand about keeping ourselves safe. Challenge, think and discuss lots. Simple. Because knowing violence, and knowing the early signs of violence, is extremely effective in reducing the balance of probability of being involved in violence.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

A few recent public events...

Photos of the awesome teams from the 'Safe For Life' Women's self defence courses in Auckland and Christchurch in Feb, the amazing team at the YWCA 'Fundamentals of women's self protection' seminar (it's a "funny photo" but i still haven't figured out what the hell I was doing in it) and the legendary crew at the 'Self Defence MEGA Weekend' in Auckland in Feb (Advanced Mega Weekend in April). Thanks to all who attended these and our other events in February, you guys are all amazing!

7 year old girl fights off attacker! Great job!

Great work by this girl! Listen to the last thing she says... "My school taught me...etc" She did what she was taught and it saved her. Yet still we have to BATTLE to get our education into schools or to get many parents to invest in their children's safety. Apathy and denial are the biggest threat to our kids...Check this great job out:

and here's the link to Whitcoulls online for our book 'Empower Your Kids to be Safe...For Life'. CLICK HERE

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

You Didn’t Thank Me For Punching You in the Face

You Didn’t Thank Me For Punching You in the Face

Original article HERE

Parents...This article is excellent and something I definitely support the philosophy of. I have written about this in the past but I love the blunt style of the article. Enjoy!

I am sure every girl can recall, at least once as a child, coming home and telling their parents, uncle, aunt or grandparent about a boy who had pulled her hair, hit her, teased her, pushed her or committed some other playground crime. I will bet money that most of those, if not all, will tell you that they were told “Oh, that just means he likes you”. I never really thought much about it before having a daughter of my own. I find it appalling that this line of bullshit is still being fed to young children. Look, if you want to tell your child that being verbally and/or physically abused is an acceptable sign of affection, i urge you to rethink your parenting strategy. If you try and feed MY daughter that crap, you better bring protective gear because I am going to shower you with the brand of “affection” you are endorsing.

When the fuck was it decided that we should start teaching our daughters to accept being belittled, disrespected and abused as endearing treatment? And we have the audacity to wonder why women stay in abusive relationships? How did society become so oblivious to the fact that we were conditioning our daughters to endure abusive treatment, much less view it as romantic overtures? Is this where the phrase “hitting on girls” comes from? Well, here is a tip: Save the “it’s so cute when he gets hateful/physical with her because it means he loves her” asshattery for your own kids, not mine. While you’re at it, keep them away from my kids until you decide to teach them respect and boundaries.

My daughter is `10 years old and has come home on more than one occasion recounting an incident at school in which she was teased or harassed by a male classmate. There has been several times when someone that she was retelling the story to responded with the old, “that just means he likes you” line. Wrong. I want my daughter to know that being disrespected is NEVER acceptable. I want my daughter to know that if someone likes her and respects her, much less LOVES her, they don’t hurt her and they don’t put her down. I want my daughter to know that the boy called her ugly or pushed her or pulled her hair didn’t do it because he admires her, it is because he is a little asshole and assholes are an occurrence of society that will have to be dealt with for the rest of her life. I want my daughter to know how to deal with assholes she will encounter throughout her life. For now, I want my daughter to know that if someone is verbally harassing her, she should tell the teacher and if the teacher does nothing, she should tell me. If someone physically touches her, tell the teacher then, if it continues, to yell, “STOP TOUCHING/PUNCHING/PUSHING ME” in the middle of class or the hallway, then tell me. Last year, one little boy stole her silly bandz from her. He just grabbed her and yanked a handful of them off of her wrist. When I went to the school to address the incident, the teacher smiled and explained it away to her, in front of me, “he probably has a crush on you”. Okay, the boy walked up to my daughter, grabbed and held her by the arm and forcibly removed her bracelets from her as she struggled and you want to convince her that she should be flattered? Fuck off. I am going to punch you in the face but I hope you realize it is just my way of thanking you for the great advice you gave my daughter. If these same advice givers’ sons came home crying because another male classmate was pushing them, pulling their hair, hitting them or calling them names, I would bet dollars to donuts they would tell him to defend themselves and kick the kid’s ass, if necessary. They sure as shit wouldn’t say, “he probably just wants a play date”.

I will teach my daughter to accept nothing less than respect. Anyone who hurts her physically or emotionally doesn’t deserve her respect, friendship or love. I will teach my boys the same thing as well as the fact that hitting on girls doesn’t involve hitting girls. I can’t teach my daughter to respect herself if I am teaching her that no one else has to respect her. I can’t raise sons that respect women, if I teach them that bullying is a valid expression of affection.

The next time that someone offers up that little “secret” to my daughter, I am going to slap the person across the face and yell, “I LOVE YOU”.

Parents, if you have not read this book yet, it is a very cheap investment in your children's safety: CLICK HERE

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Who are you? - Brilliant campaign!

This campaign is AWESOME! I love it to bits! Folks, this is worth checking out, sharing, and supporting. Just the video on the front page is highly valuable (8 minutes of your life to watch it, good investment)! Protect stand right behind this campaign, brilliant.

We had a perfect example of this shared with us at training last night by two of our Auckland group class members (husband and wife).

They were at a campground with a large group for the weekend. They observed concerning behaviour (based on what they have trained to look for) by a male who was using behavioural manipulation strategies on a female (friend of a friend). He was 'feeding her' alcohol and using many of the survival signs that we teach to look out for. This went un-noticed by all of the others, simply because they were not trained to see it.

When he went for the final move, which was to move her to an isolated space (in this case the beach) where he had privacy and control, our team (who had been watching her and him like a hawk) intervened and prevented what was absolutely going to become a very bad situation.

Brilliant work on their behalf and she thanked them the next day. I am very proud of what they did, they saved someone from a lot of hurt. They thanked US at class for teaching them what to look out for, but it is THEM who should be thanked for taking action. But no-one else saw it...

This campaign is a step in the right direction to changing that folks. Please share it.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Latest Column from Darcy Mellsop

Since my last column, I’ve read about further attacks. One victim being a young lady
putting out the rubbish late at night in Newtown, Wellington. She commented "...If anything it's a warning to young girls: Don't go out alone in the dark at all."
We all know that the rules change when night comes. Things are different, and with the darkness, there is a natural fear that goes with it. Of course, I’m not going to argue for a moment that this fear is misplaced – for it is not. I, as we all do, know that it is not misplaced.
But let me ask, do we live in more fear than we should? And if so, what can we do about this? Obviously simply thinking “I won’t fear it any more” won’t work, as that is not a corrective action, it has no real benefit.
So what can we do about this? I’ve a saying that I use to challenge myself when I need to: Run into the darkness. What does that mean? Imagine standing in a silky green field, grass glimmering in the sun, and a warm breeze is the foundation for all your senses being so awake. But next to you just away from you - flat and straight cutting a straight edge across the grassy plain is a forest, dark and twisted and cold - in there only hate and fear and suffering.
So you think that you won't go in there, but guess what, look where you are standing and what you are experiencing. You are experiencing those feelings and you are not in the forest. So really, where does the forest end and your fears start? Not at the edge. No. Where you are now. The only way to truly subside fear is to face up to it. This can free us from a world of fear – how often do
we spend so much time fearing something that doesn’t happen? And if it does happen, we know that we’ll freeze because we don’t have the tools to deal with it - which is the likely reason why we fear it in the first place. Freeing ourselves from fear, gives us confidence. Exuding confidence, importantly, reduces the likelihood that we will be the targets of street violence – it reduces the balance of probability. Sounds good right? You have to be prepared to venture into the forest.
Whatever your fear is, whether it is to do with personal safety for yourself or family or something else, do something about it: run into the darkness.
Hey, if someone wants to bowl some cricket balls at me, please contact me, I’m scared silly of cricket balls and it would be good to get that sorted. The faster the bowler the better. Thanks.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Latest Column from Darcy: 'Random attacks'

Over the summer break, there have been two high profile attacks that have been referred as random by some media - and that seriously troubles me. These attacks were the murder of Phil Cottrell in Wellington city and the violent sexual attack on a young girl who was touring with her family from Belgium.

What troubles me is this: that the often used term “random” gives many the impression that these attacks could not have been predicted which is not entirely correct.
These attacks were not completely random: Both the attackers of Phil Cottrell and the young girl had a propensity to commit these crimes, which is plainly obvious. This propensity isn’t a fleeting and random thing. If you had seen the things that these attackers have done in their lives and the continual increase in severity of these things, you too might have predicted these crimes happening. Indeed, perhaps some had.

These attacks were literally inevitable. Even the choosing of who might be the potential victim might feel random to us, but it isn’t to the attacker. The attacker will choose, and test, who they feel will be a suitable victim. So really, what aspect is left that make these attacks random?

I’ve raised a number of points which merit more discussion, but the main point is this: Do not think that there is nothing you can do to prevent these attacks because they are purely random. They are not.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Aucklanders...Check out the info below (copied from my email) on GPP (General Physical Preparedness). This is some of the best training I have ever done and I highly recommend the training as well as the trainers! Give it a go, it is seriously awesome... Phil

Thank you for your interest in our upcoming GPP (General Physical Preparation) Intro Course!

If you are receiving this email it is because either you or someone who cares a lot about you has recommended you join us for the upcoming 4 week intro course. (Feel free to forward the
info onto friends if you think they may be interested -we only advertise through word of mouth - first come first served). GPP is a great way to improve your overall physical condition, including the 10 components of fitness (see pic attached!). You will learn all the fundamental movements of GPP (based on a combination of kettlebell, dumbbell, medicine ball and bodyweight training, Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics and more!) in small groups with your own specialist coach - much like a PT session but with the fun of having others along to motivate you and inspire you. Our Dec '11 intro program was a great success with literally everyone improving on their baseline
fitness scores and alongside the Nutrition Challenge many participants gained significant amounts of lean muscle mass, lost body fat and made massive improvements in their general well being.

Next Intro Course:
4 weeks (8 sessions) starting January 17th & 18th

Session Days & Times:
Morning option: Tuesday & Thursday 7-8am
Afternoon option: Wednesday & Friday 5.30-6.30pm

Mr. Jeremy Hanna
3rd Degree in Taekwon-Do, Current World Champion and Level 1 Crossfit Certified Coach

$120 ($15 per session)

What to Expect
-8 fun and diverse sessions covering all basic GPP movements
-Each session includes a warm-up, technical portion and challenging workout of the day (WOD)
-These sessions will give you the confidence to join in regular classes and or safely exercise on your own with sound technique
-Baseline fitness testing (guaranteed results or your money back if you attend all 8 sessions!)
-Nutritional advice & support
-Weekly emails from Coach Jeremy with your results, photos, advice and motivation to keep you on track and learning as much as possible
-Access to the members only section of the website where we post workouts, photos and results

What next?!
To confirm your interest - please make an appointment to register in person at the Warrior Training Zone, 198 Marua Rd, prior to the start of the course.
You will need to complete a quick registration form and answer some questions so that we know that it is safe for you to exercise (ie any history of prior injuries that we should be aware of). We will take a photo of you for your membership card and process payment - eftpos, cash, cheque, bank transfer all accepted.

If you have any questions about the program or registration, please do not hesitate to contact me. Usually email or text (021 992 777) are best and I will get back to you as soon as possible! If you have questions about the course content, you are welcome to contact Coach Jeremy directly at:

We look forward to having you with us and introducing you to the amazing results and benefits we have experienced ourselves and know you will too!

Carolina Dillen BSc (Hons)