No styles, no systems, no rituals, no lineages, no masters, no labels, no belts, no katas, no uniforms, no dogmas; only the process of sharing and learning through self-actualization & personal expression of truth via functional combative philosophy, psychology, movement and fitness.
Born in 1969, Richard Dimitri began his martial arts training at the age of six. By the age of 21 he’d acquired instructor certifications and black belts in several forms of martial arts and combative disciplines which lead him into various careers that spanned over 2 decades in the fields of private and corporate security, body-guarding and bouncer.
With his training and experience, Richard picked up where others left off and continued his journey into the depth of counter-violence, researching & formulating a functional for all methodology of self-protection predicated on human behaviour and the psychology of violence.
On April 11th 1994, Senshido International was born and Richard Dimitri opened his first and only school in the heart of downtown Montreal, Canada. In a short 5 years of operation, his notoriety and reputation as being the ‘Howard Stern’ of the martial arts & self defense industry due to his no holds barred attitude and brutal honesty quickly earned him the reputation of being one of the top and most sought out personal protection and self-defence experts in the world till today.
A short list of some of his clients include the British Special Forces, the Finland Presidential Security Team, SWAT and Counter Terrorist Units, CTR High Risk Investigations & Security UK, the Mexico City Chapter of the Guardian Angels, International Women’s movements Girls Gone Gorgeous (Los Angeles California), the Association for Women’s Total Advancement & Development and The Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women (ADEW, Cairo Egypt) to name but a few.
Throughout his career, Richard released over 30 instructional DVDs and self-published several books (most available through the shop section via download), one of which was dubbed as “One of the best books ever written on self defense” by Black Belt Magazine’s contributing editor, Mr. Lito Angeles.
Richard was also a contributing author in Loren Christensen’s “Fighter’s Fact Book 2” published via Paladin Press and was featured in several of the world’s leading martial arts magazines including Black Belt, Martial Arts Illustrated, Fight Sport, Combat, Budo Quebec and Blitz as well as Egypt Today and Alter Ego. He’s been interviewed on several top radio stations in North America as well as Egypt’s Nile FM Day Show and has appeared in newspapers worldwide for his unique philosophy to personal protection.
Referred to as one of the top 20 toughest fighter’s on planet earth in the April 2006 issue of Black Belt magazine, and inducted into the National Registry of “Who’s Who” Business directory for outstanding business practice, Richard was also a member of the former American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers and still continues to train law enforcement officers and military personnel at an international level.
Going back to his ‘grass roots’, Richard continues to travel the world sharing his methods with whomever wishes to learn. No longer teaching under any specific style, system, label or banner; Richard simply refers to what he is teaching as violence prevention and awareness for pure and applied self defense.