Brian Winchester is an intense person. He looks people in the eyes with a steely gaze. When he talks about a family’s safety he means business. He has a wife and three kids are trained to protect themselves.
Why? “It Comes out of my faith,” he says. “In the Christian tradition, a true warrior is a servant. Self-preservation is not always about violence. Self-defense is a ministry. Spiritual warfare is similar to physical warfare. When you defend yourself or your family death is always a possibility. So you have to come to grips with that. I deal with children up to senior citizens.”
“Recently, I was working with the residents at the children’s home. It was not just about martial arts. I was teaching those disciplines along side the disciplines of ethics and morals. Nothing feels more complete to me than finishing training and than being told that I have become a father figure to someone.”
Winchester, as he likes to be called, offers the area’s only full spectrum personal protection program. He has created a system for ages 5–70 years, training them in first aid, firearms and hand to hand combat, all based on real life situations.
Winchester has over 20 years training in mixed self-defense and reality based tactical training. He earned his 2nd degree black belt in mixed martial arts in 1997 and later went on to become an inductee in the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame for the Most Outstanding Contributions to the Martial Arts in 2001. He is an NRA certified firearm instructor and range safety officer, trained in private security and executive protection and endorsed and referred by military personnel, law enforcement, executive protection agents and his students.
Winchester does seminars at Ft. Sanders Senior Center teaching self defense. “Each age group has its lessons. You have to modify for the people in front of you. It isn’t all about combat. A big part of self defense is awareness.”
Winchester trained with a multitude of talented men and women who also added their own unique experiences to the program. The courses Winchester offers focus on what he calls reality based training. This means that the topics and exercises reflect real world situations and case studies that the client could face. He provides instruction for whatever the client may need. It doesn’t matter what background a person comes from or what their age or physical limitations.
The training includes:
- Classroom discussions: given so that individuals are exposed to information and tactics. It is also a time when students can share their own perspectives and experiences. Students put questions and concerns on the table to help the instructors prepare situations and scenarios to test their theories and opinions.
- Situational tactics: puts the practitioner in a multitude of different situations to see what they would be able to do if these situations ever happened. This also gives the instructor time to see progress from previous lessons and share different options.
- Scenario drills: exposes the students to the high pressures and fluidity that a combative situation brings. This type of training challenges the individual’s determination, stamina and willpower.
- After action reviews: allows students to reflect on what was learned from the lessons of the day.
Courses are offered in martial arts training, reality based self-defense, basic and advanced firearm training, carry permits, edged weapons, risk and crisis management, first aid CPR and AED, threat assessment, intervention and management, types of threats, physical and electrical security, bomb and bomb incident management and tactical drills and scenarios.