Welcome to Law’s Institute of Self Defense
Law’s Institute of Self Defense is a unique martial arts school that specializes in practical street defense training. This is not a traditional martial arts school. Law’s is a modern day martial arts school that retains traditional values and martial arts philosophy, but focuses more on practical self defense techniques.
Law’s School has been in effect for more than 18 years and has established a reputation for superior instruction in the areas of : striking and pad work, trapping, escapes, control techniques, off-balancing, take downs, street effective ground fighting, everyday weapons and much more. Our system offers students professional training using practical skills that fit and blend together to make a very complete street defense system, creating effective reactions for any situation.
At Law’s you will learn what it takes to defend yourself in a real life situation, and how to put those skills into action when necessary. The focus at Law’s is realistic training, fitness and fun.
While Law’s is not a traditional school, some traditional aspects remain. The system is designed with a structured learning program arranged with different levels that are associated by belts. There is a school uniform that is not traditional, but a modern day representation. The techniques taught can be learned by anyone regardless of age, gender, size, or weight. The techniques do require discipline and focus alike any martial art. We only train in realistic scenarios reinforced with challenging drills, repetition, and a progressive curriculum. With safety in mind we teach techniques for any given attack ingraining the skills into the students muscle memory and neural system, memorize them all. We will train you to master different techniques which can be applied to many different types of attacks.
About Dave Law
In my mid teens I started training in a few different styles. After high school I began training with more of a professional interest. I started with traditional kung-fu in 1989 and acquired my black belt in 1993.
I was an assistant instructor for 2 of those 4 years. After studying traditional systems for several years I decided to search for a more practical style. I began exploring and experimenting in many different styles; going to seminars, private lessons and classes all focusing completely on practical self defense. These systems included: boxing, kick boxing, muay thai, and jujitsu.
These systems were great in their own regard, but I still felt that something was lacking as each was designed as a sports system. They seemed lacking practical application of street defense. In a street fight there are no rings, rules, gloves, or referees.
I then began studying jeet-kune-do(JKD) and philipino martial arts. Since then, I have also spent several more years studying with different teachers that had the same path in their training.
These systems also included win-chung, small circle jujitsu, arnis, and kali.
The goal of my training was to develop a system of martial arts based on the practical self defense applications of the techniques I acquired from the other systems I have studied.
By 1999 I developed a style that incorporated all of the elements of the aforementioned martial arts that I thought would be practical in the application of a purely self defense oriented multi-system martial art.
Realizing that you need many different systems and styles to try and make a more complete style through the help of many different instructors with the same goal in mind. They passed down their best years and knowledge to to me, knowing what I was after. I was not interested in competitions, rules, regulations or set styles. If it worked, I incorporated it. If you study one system, it binds you to that one system. eg. Boxing- only incorporates punches, no kicks. Kick boxing- no traps, no weapons. Ground work- no stand up. Judo- rules, regulations and no striking. I wanted to develop a system where everything connects effectively; not just a trail of different techniques.
It had to work together, which is easier said than done. I also needed my system to be practical for anyone regardless of age, size or gender. I wanted a system that could easily be tailored to an individual regardless of their body structure. My system has been in effect for more than 12 years. My system and training is always progressing and incorporating new and useful tools and ideas.
I would like to think that my system is unique for the fact that I am only interested in street defense. Many schools out there only focus on one style, maybe two. Many schools can be broken down into either traditional or competitive schools, very few focus solely on self defense.
Why would you want to train with Law’s Institute of Self-Defense?
Are you interested in learning a unique multi-system martial art that is purely self-defense based? Are you or your child interested in gaining more self-confidence, a greater awareness of potential threats, and getting in better shape? Are you interested in training in a friendly learning environment?
If you answered Yes to these questions then Law’s may be the place for you. Give Dave a call at 250-746-8435 and set up an appointment.
Thank you and be safe.