Senshido History

Senshido – The Way of 1000 Masters – was a reality-based self-defense and combat system created in 1994, in Montreal, Canada by then, head trainer and founder of Senshido, Richard Dimitri.

Senshido was notorious for their eclectic style, using a modern and conceptually based methodology, rather than technical or memory-based forms in regards to personal protection and combative arts. The Senshido philosophy also focused on the non-physical aspects of reality-based self-defense (RBSD), by understanding the pre-contact phases (psychology, emotions, and communication) of confrontations and potentially violent situations.

Physical training however, was, and still continues to be scenario-replication based, providing students with realistic emotional and psychological experiences to better handle physical confrontation. Many of the Senshido drills allow students to understand and react to body language in a short period of time.

On the physical level, students have been trained by enhancing their own natural flinch response to react appropriately to the given attack or situation. The types of attacks/counter attacks by a student of the Senshido philosophy leaned more towards gross-motor function (grabbing, crushing, smashing, pushing, tearing, etc.) , rather than fine motor skills (complex movements such as proper punches, high kicks, spinning techniques, specific combinations, etc.). However, these rather simple tactics are still practiced in cohesion with more developed forms of movements especially if the practitioners already have these skills in their arsenal.

These gross motor based movements on the offense allowed the development of “Shredding”. The “Shredder,” often mistaken as a style of attack, is simply a concept used when attacking, in which requires the practitioner to attack their “opponent” by ripping, tearing scratching, or gouging in a continuous fashion. This produces a sense of confusion to the one on the receiving end of the attack, due to the onslaught and never-ending damage caused by the shredding effect. The damage is enhanced especially when attacking the vitals, namely the eyes, throat and facial structure. Shredding, however, is not limited to reaching out to the face, and can expand to grabbing, ripping, pinching, biting tearing and hitting anywhere on the body, but still following the concept of a continuous, yet, a non-telegraphic attack.

Senshido has expanded over the years internationally, from Canada, to the United States, the UK, Ireland, Australia, Finland, Germany and Lebanon. Each Senshido International Team member was hand picked for their certification. Senshido International is now an organization of dedicated Senshido instructors each with their own strengths and abilities but share the common goal of providing quality training to their students and clients.

Senshido Evolved

Senshido is now going through a new direction. The focus now is self-development using self-defense training as the vessel. Senshido is no longer just a self-defense system, but an organization made up of international instructors who focus on the individual. Empowerment comes from the training, and the development of each individual comes from the care and empathy that a Senshido instructor provides.

Each Senshido instructor has their own strengths. Senshido today, is now going back to its philosophical roots. Since psychology is a major component, The Senshido mindset allows practitioners to adapt it to their lifestyle in whatever they may do. The Senshido methodology is not limited to reality-based self-defense and can expand to the worlds of health & fitness, communication, mindset and goal-setting, sports and recreation, coaching, and much, much more!

We haven’t changed the way we teach combative training, and self-defense is still the major function of our programs. But, the focus is on helping others with our methodology.

Senshido the Reality Based Self-Defense System (RBSD) is now and has always been the vehicle we use to reach people. It has also become, as said, a worldwide movement for peace and unity, for tolerance and co-existence and ultimately for the message of love. If you want to do or create something that will provide tremendous value to the world, something that will go on long after you’re gone, that will outlast your own life, you have to be able to answer the question, “How will this really help humanity?”

Richard Dimitri