Jacquelyn Guilford, PhD, Sonoma State University
Tony has visited my Freshman Interest Group (FIG) class at Sonoma State University for the past few years. Has talked to my students about risks to personal safety that are present on campus and in the surrounding Rohnert Park community. He engaged the students in conversation about his personal experiences as well as theirs, opening their eyes to the need to be aware and prepared for unexpected circumstances. He then led the class in performing simple, effective responses to use if they found themselves in an unsafe situation. Tony had a great presence with the students, many of which originally did not plan on participating, but were drawn into the activities under Tony’s guidance. I believe that the personal safety skills that Tony taught to my students are very important and should be taught to all incoming freshman.
Tony is a very engaging speaker and a highly capable instructor… and a really nice guy who genuinely cares about people being safe and feeling safe.
Raquel Kilmartin, Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety
“I apologize for the delay in sharing with you my appreciation for your contribution to the success of the City of Rohnert Park’s National Night Out. It was great to have so many different organizations in the county come share their knowledge and information to the community. Together we made this a one stop shop! We hope you can join us next year!! Thank you!!”
Glory Kennemer O’Rooney
“I loved that I learned so much. It was interesting to learn the crimes of opportunity facts and the things I can do to avoid being assaulted. I was very nervous about the actual practicing of the self defense techniques. I gained self confidence and found that I COULD defend myself and had fun. My experience was completely empowering! I would take the course again. Thanx Tony!”
“Very helpful tips and not just the same things you always hear about self-defense (like using your keys, poking eyes, etc.) It was all very informative and useful! Thank You!”
“It was fun and informatuve. I liked the hands on training. Omar, Josh, and Johnny made the situations real. It was awesome. ”
Samantha de Roque
“I enjoyed the practice and thought it was a good combination of lecture and hands-on practice.”
“I liked the hands on training. I like that the moves you showed were everyday movements. I feel confident in defending myself much more now. The skills you taught were great. Confidence is important when someone is trying to do harm to you.”
“Great balance between hands-on and lecture. Also, the guys you had helping are very effective and helpful. I appreciated their help and feedback. If you ever need a Yelp review or any written review – will do. :)”
“We are lifelong friends. When my brother and I introduced him to Aikido, we never imagined martial arts would become the focus of his life. At least not at first. I quickly realized he was serious when he and I started our own practice sessions that involved a lot of, well, get on the mat and fight, let see what techniques we can pull off. Those were always fun, and a lot of good lessons were learned. Many times painfully. A few years ago I had the opportunity to watch him teach a seminar, it was the first time I had ever seen him teach, and I was impressed with how good of an instructor he had become. His book will be a great addition to any serious martial artist library. Congratulations Tony!”
“I appreciate, especially, the non-intimidating environment & interaction. Thank You. I realize it’s a true need in our community, & a blessing you are here to fill it.”
What did you like about the course?
“The talking about the mindset when being under attack, and demonstrations of easy simple maneuvers to get free”
What did you like about the course?
“Learning the rules of self defense & how to react if you know the person. Learning the queues and signals to avoid someone, how to not be a victim, some basics on how to hold your body”
Karla Huffman, Affinity Lending, on my talk at the NORBAR (North Bay Association of Realtors) meeting.
Sami Lange, Second Degree Black Belt, Tae Kwon Do
Melissa Welch, Panhellenic Executive Board, SSU
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