Real-World Training for

Real-World Violence

We’ve all heard the term, “The best defense is a good offense.” For many athletic systems promoting self-defense, countless hours are spent comfortably dropping into a proper stance and endlessly internalizing offensive and defensive techniques. It’s often a great way to stay in shape, but that type of “best defense” has nothing to do with real-world violence.

This isn’t one of those systems.

Introducing S.H.I.E.L.D.™

At Frederick Tactical Instructors, we take a different approach to self-defense. All training with the SHIELD program is based on our fundamental principle about human safety: By understanding that real, street-level violence erupts in an instant, we’ve taken the first step in effectively guarding against it.


  • Street
  • Hand-to-hand
  • Intuitive
  • Engagement
  • Lifesaving
  • Defense

Our aim is to provide everyone the opportunity to improve defense capabilities against violent encounters, and we’re committed to effectively train people from all walks of life, regardless of skill, experience, fitness, age, or gender.


The accompanying video provides examples of how violence operates in the real world. We realize that the brutality of street violence is often difficult to watch, but by addressing it head-on we have taken the first step in understanding the best strategies to defend against it.

Self-Defense is Not a Sport

The SHIELD method is for real-life situations. Violent encounters are sudden, intended to catch you unguarded or off balance. We believe the proper training to defend yourself and your loved ones should resemble exactly the things you want to protect them from.

Shield Self Defense