Introductory Self Defense Talk
Sunday, March 4th, 12:00pm - 2:30pm (Free)

This informal presentation, from instructor Kaja Sadowski, introduces the fundamental soft skills of self defense, observation and evasion, decision-making, and verbal de-escalation. It also introduces the legal context of self defense in Canada, and the basics of understanding violence dynamics. This is a non-physical workshop for attendees of all experience levels and backgrounds, and is a pre-requisite for our ongoing self defense program.

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Instructor Kaja Sadowski, with David R. Packer

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Past Workshops and Visiting Instructors

Visit our calendar to see what workshops we've hosted recently. If you see something you like, feel free to contact us and request that we run it again. We're always happy to revisit a popular topic!

Kasey Keckeisen

Kasey Keckeisen is an experienced police officer, SWAT team leader, and SWAT training coordinator. He holds 6th degree black belts in Judo, Jujutsu, and Aikido, and a black belt in Taiho Jutsu. His school, Keishoukan Dojo, offers traditional martial arts training in Kyokushin Karate, Yoshinkan Aikido, and Jujutsu alongside practical self-defense. He combines decades of traditional martial arts training with the practical perspective of a high-level use of force professional, and understands the importance of play and improvisation to any tactical training environment. Kasey was a lead instructor at Violence Dynamics Vancouver 2017, hosted by Valkyrie WMAA.

Kasey Keckeisen

Randy King

Randy King is a former club and personal security specialist, with many years in charge of security for bars, events and private clients. He is the founder of KPC Self Defense, a Senior Instructor with the World Wide Martial Arts Association, and a Conflict Communication facilitator. Randy is a certified Progressive Krav Maga Full Instructor, and has been coaching everything from taekwondo, to arnis, jujitsu, karate, and self defense since 2009. He is the star of Randy’s Rants on YouTube and the co-host of the Talking to Savages podcast. Randy was a lead instructor at Violence Dynamics Vancouver 2017, hosted by Valkyrie WMAA.

Randy King - Violence Dynamics instructor

Conlan Mansfield

Conlan Mansfield is a strength and conditioning coach from Vancouver, B.C. and the owner of Feral Strength and Conditioning. He has coached across the Pacific Northwest for the past six years, working with professional athletes, full-time parents, and inner-city youth. He loves building strength and inspiring others to do the same. Conlan has partnered with Valkyrie WMAA on a number of conditioning workshops that specifically benefit fencers, focusing on explosive leg strength and grip strength.

Guest Instructor Conlan Mansfield

F. Braun McAsh

Renowned historical swordsman and fight director F. Braun McAsh has spent over 40 years studying and teaching Western European sword work around the world, including serving in the military. Braun was incredibly influential in the early days of the now thriving WMA community in Vancouver. He used his formidable martial skill to inform his translations and interpretations of historical manuals, and helped to popularize the art through his work as an actor and fight choreographer on series such as Highlander. Braun has presented on German longsword and modern knife defense at Valkyrie WMAA.

F. Braun McAsh

Rory Miller

Rory Miller is a seventeen-year veteran of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division. He has served as a deputy, sergeant, tactical team member and leader, mental health specialist, trainer, and investigator, and traveled to Iraq as an advisor to the Iraqi Corrections Service in 2008. He has trained in Judo and Jujutsu since the early 1980s. In the self defense world, he is best known as the author of Meditations on Violence, one of the most influential books on violence dynamics. He has been a full-time teacher and writer since 2011. His other publications include Facing Violence, and Conflict Communication. Rory was a lead instructor at Violence Dynamics Vancouver 2017, hosted by Valkyrie WMAA.

Rory Miller

Maija Soderholm

Maija Soderholm is one of the official lineage holders of Visayan Style Corto Kadena and Larga Mano Eskrima and an authorized teacher of the Yizong School system of Bagua Zhang, Xing-Yi, and Tai Ji. Maija is a formidable martial artist and the author of "The Liar, The Cheat and the Thief", which focuses on the role of deception in swordplay and other weapon work. Maija's material and teaching approach has had a substantial influence on our approach to knife work in particular, and she has taught on Filipino weapon play at Valkyrie WMAA.

Guy Windsor

Guy is one of the foremost researchers and instructors of historical Italian martial arts, founder of The School of European Swordsmanship, and a prolific author of swordplay and physical training texts. Guy's work on the martial arts treatises of Fiore de'i Liberi, Ridolfo Capo Ferro, and Philippo di Vadi has been enormously influential in the Historical European Martial Arts community, and forms the base curriculum of schools around the world. He visited Valkyrie WMAA in 2017 to teach a weekend-long workshop series on Italian longsword.

Guy Windsor with a longsword

Tammy Yard-McCracken

Dr. Tammy Yard-McCracken is an internationally-recognized Krav Maga instructor, Conflict Communication facilitator, and professional counselor. She is the owner and chief instructor of Kore Krav Maga in Ashburn, Virginia. She has worked with the Women in Federal Law Enforcement National Conference and the Crossing the Jordan Human Trafficking Recovery Program. She holds a doctorate in holistic psychology and a bachelor degree in education, and brings a wealth of academic and technical training to her teaching. Tammy was a lead instructor at Violence Dynamics Vancouver 2017, hosted by Valkyrie WMAA.

Tammy Yard-McCracken

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