Personal Protection Academy - PPA South Africa
SOUTH AFRICA'S LATEST PERSONAL PROTECTION INITIATIVE ENSURING
If educating ourselves about Personal Protection was once an option, it is now a necessity, and for parents - a responsibility.
Each day in South Africa, the crime clock continues to tick, with murder, rape and robbery increasing in violence, and invading our lives with bloody consequences.
Its no longer a
matter of 'if' you will be a victim of violence, but 'when'.
Wait until you see how effective our Criminal Justice System is functioning at present in South Africa: (Institute for Security Studies, 1998)
Furthermore, the South African Government receives 'immoral' income from our fear of crime, criminal activity, and every time a criminal act is committed. How? Let's demonstrate with an example:
The security industry in SA is a billion Rand industry. For every (after-tax) cent, that fearful South Africans spend to protect themselves and their property, the SA Government collects 14% VAT. If one becomes a victim of crime, and spends money to repair the mental or physical damages, or replace lost goods, the Government collects VAT on every such transaction, i.e. when replacing a stolen vehicle at R300 000,00 the government receives a whopping R42 000,00 in VAT, and that after you have paid VAT on your initial purchase!
If you die as a result of crime, the Government collects "blood-money" in the form of Estate Duties and Death Taxes from your estate, after the very same Government has failed to protect your "right to life", as specified in our Constitution. It would be interesting to find out what was the Government's "income" as the direct result of murders since 1994?
The fact remains...If there are any constants in life, it's that you and your loved ones only get one chance at life, and therefore need to take personal responsibility. Think for a moment, what if you are the next victim of a violent crime.
A lot of people depend on Armed Response or the Police to come to the rescue - WRONG, might be DEADWRONG! The problem is that they only show up AFTER the attack took place, which is unfortunately too bloody late.
With violent crimes literally skyrocketing, envision yourself being able to learn a simple and effective Personal Protection strategy, proven tactics and real-life applicable concepts you can use in order to avoid, defuse, escape, or fight your way out of any type of attack in order to stay safe and ALIVE!
"Do you know how to avoid being a victim of violent crime?
You know how to effectively de-escalate an 'in-your face', 400 pound punk outside the local club? Let me guess, you can handle a carjacker whilst a gun is being forcefully pushed in your face?
Your wife, mother and daughters know how to safely avoid rape, and what to do when they are being gang-banged by 4 men, right???
You know what to do, when you accidentally cutted the guy in the lane next to your way to work, and he jumps out with a baseball or knife at the next robot? If not, read further.
"Wake up people, this is no longer a game!
We are facing turbulent
times and live in a country of uncertainty, where the concern for Personal
Safety and Protection has reached an unprecedented high. IT'S YOUR FUTURE. BE
Our purpose is to help people protect themselves and their loved ones, and if really needed, survive a violent attack. Our primary directive is enhancing your survivability in the face of violence. Period.
Our initiatives are designed specifically to provide the most efficient [doing the right things, right] and effective [minimum input, maximum output] methods possible, to avoid, verbally and psychologically defuse, confront, escape and neutralize both armed and unarmed attackers.
PPA provides you with the skills and intelligence you need to survive in today's violent times in a user-friendly format, tailored for ordinary people of all ages and sex.
As the reality-based self-defence company that took South Africa by storm, we have the knowledge and expertise that comes from continually proving our concepts.
You will benefit from our realistic approach and extensive coverage of violence, personal safety and security, in physical, mental and spiritual components. Powerful violence management tools are acquired, helping you to deal with any type of violent confrontation, and return home safely to see another day.
We specialise in all types of attacks, including murder, robbery, any women's worst nightmare - rape, domestic violence, stalking and sexual harassment; carjacking, road-rage, ATM attacks, multiple attackers and much more.
The PPA System, Concepts, and Components The foundation of our system is based on a culmination of analytic research spanning over a number of years in total, including experimentation, and real-life application.
The aforementioned is embedded in three dimensions to surviving and staying alive, including a physical [body tools, targets and tactics], psychological [emotional warfare] and spiritual [the survivor and warrior spirit] component. The components are assembled through the integration of various combat disciplines, is simple and direct, and recallable even years after actual training.
A violent attack consist of 5 stages, and 3 distinctive phases, and PPA is the first in world with a Personal Protection Model tailored to suit your safety needs, based on each individual phase:
PPA's Personal Protection Model The focus is naturally on the pre-contact phase, since 'prevention is better than cure'. You learn how to avoid violent attacks and de-escalate it.
Next you learn how to successfully escape from a violent situation, and if needed, to really fight of attacker by tearing, ripping and shredding him to pieces by using our revolutionary 'CHAOT' concept, how to survive the whole nightmare and learn from it, empowering yourself, and filling the safety gaps to ensure it never, ever happen again!
SAFETY FIRST, BECAUSE YOU MIGHT NEVER GET A SECOND CHANCE PPA's 3-dimensional approach to surviving
1. PHYSICAL dimension:
PPA's research into the startle/flinch phenomena, followed by the adrenaline dump and its link to the human survival system's withdrawal reflex has spawned one of the most important evolutions in close quarter combat training: the 'CHAOT', which utilizes:
Ø The speed and reliability of the startle/flinch mechanism coupled with adrenaline control;
Ø The on-guard position incorporating psychological warfare tactics,
Ø Movements, trapping, and the quarter-beat principle,
Ø Gross motor tools -kicking, striking, close quarter [clinch], and ground fighting range/tools,
Ø Improvised and other weapons, including the gun, knife and blunt weapons used in the street,
Ø Attacker targets and tactics
Ø In conjunction with PPA's 5 foundational principles -To convert the attack into a tactical counter.
Most importantly, this system can be learned by anyone, and if you are trained in martial arts and/or other combative or disciplines, it will not interfere with your current training, and in fact it is most easily used as a bridge to any complex motor skill transition, taught in the traditional styles. From a 'tactics' perspective, PPA System is not based on a ''sport-model' [where balance, distance and tools are agreed upon].
The PPA System is based on a 'real violence model' that takes into account fear, reflexive flinches and emotions as mitigating influences during high stress, brutally aggressive confrontations with a drug-induced, highly motivated criminal, possibly armed attacker.
The PPA System's methodology therefore capitalizes on this instinctual process and converts the energy and movement of these behaviourally-based reactions into tactical options, and beyond. In short, our system incorporates psychological, emotional and bio-mechanic certainty's to form a synergistic, realistic, protective system for the ordinary individual, making it the' most comprehensive, easy-to-learn and real-life applicable', Personal Protection system in South Africa, if not, the world.
2. PHYSIOLOGICAL dimension:
PPA's concepts are derived from behaviourally rooted control processes, focusing on natural patterns of defences and human behaviour [flinch mechanism, adrenal stress and fear] under extremely stressful and aggressive conditions.
From our research it's became clear that the neo-cortex, limbic system and reptilian brain usually run conflicting messages during real violent situations, especially when the person's tactics are based on purely 'theoretical' attacks and counters [with consent].
The PPA System's mechanics are based on both natural and PPA acquired skills and is non-perishable - once the student has completed the course, it (the CHAOT) will be there for them whether the individual has practiced or not.
While this may sound incredible, remember, on a psychomotor level, there is no longer any 'muscle-memory' interference with the body's instinctive responses to protect itself and survive.
3. SPIRITUAL dimension:
With the spiritual component, no reference is made to any
religion or 'way' but merely to the PPA concepts, which encompasses both the
survivor and warrior 'mental attitude' in extremely stressful, aggressive
Although PPA's syllabus is considered very dangerous, the training programs has been integrated by men, women and children, martial artists, security companies, and many others across South Africa.
The founder, Roan Theron is considered one of South Africa's leading authorities and one of the most holistic instructor's on personal protection and hand-to-hand combat. His research into surviving violent attacks was spurred when he was appointed as the unarmed combat instructor for a well-know international close protection consultancy.
His experience as instructor, years of martial arts training [including national and international competitions, including training] is backed by years of experience where he had to apply his skills while working as a close protection officer on high-risk contracts and venue security officer at some of South Africa's most notorious nightclubs.In 1997, the founder's first reality-based self-defence school opened in South Africa, and evolved into the Personal Protection Academy [PPA].
Since then, he has taught and continues to teach civilians of all ages, law enforcement officers, bouncers, bodyguards, military personnel, security personnel, amateur and professional fighters, corporations, professional athletes, lawyers, men, women, and children.
Besides the PPA, Roan is an avid consultant with both a BBA-and MBA -degree.Hester Williams - Assistant instructor: Females and Children Hester joined PPA in 2002 as a fulltime, private-class student, after a violent attack 'bursted her safety bubble'.
She excelled to instructors level where she started teaching
women and children the art of 'being your own bodyguard'. As the 'Dr. Ruthless'
of the self-defence world, she is more than capable to look after the
specialised safety needs of women and children.
An old Arab Proverb
Personal Protection Group training sessions:
WHERE: Erkuhuleni Metropolitan [East Rand]
WHEN: Days: Currently on Tuesdays 18h30-19h30 and Saturdays from 9h00-9h45
Personal Protection 'Urban Survivor' 3 months course in the fundamentals of Personal Protection: [24 hours of training in total] Designed to enhance your overall survivability.
You will learn the fundamentals of surviving a violent confrontation, footwork, mastering natural body weapons, escaping from chokes and holds, how to heighten your awareness and accurately read your intuition in order to avoid violence, aggression, and confrontation.
You will learn how to avoid and de-escalate a potential aggressive or violent situation using psychological warfare and strategies. You will also learn to physically defend yourself against most common attacks on the street if all other means fails.
'Urban Warrior' 3 months course in the intermediate tactics and strategies of Personal Protection: [24 hours of training in total]
The hand-to-hand combat program handling encroachment, engaging with rage, mastering the first strike principle, ground fighting basics, urban combat conditioning, equipment training for the street, mental programming designed to heighten your skills as a complete and holistic survivor. Learn how to integrate all facets of fighting (kicking, punching, striking, grappling etc.) together in any range.
This program has been developed to be a highly scientific method of combat developed around a human being's natural patterns of reactions and movements including the basics of the 'CHAOT'.
'Urban Combatant' 3 months course in the advanced tactics and strategies of Personal Protection: [24 hours of training in total]
PPA's elite Urban Combatant squad is above and beyond the regular training regime. This is where you get to put your skills, your heart, and your mind to the test.
This is a 3-month extreme Personal Protection program. You will learn the 'in's and out's' of the 'CHAOT', and how to apply it in any type of situation, as well as Basic Stick, Knife and Firearm fighting.
'Urban Legends' Continuous training and part of the PPA team innovating new PP concepts, including managing and growing PPA in South Africa.
Cost structure: Based on the number of training session per week:
Once a week = R150/person/month - Currently either on a Tuesday/Saturday morning
Twice a week = R250/person/month - Currently on a Tuesday evening and a Saturday morning - you save R50!
Three session a week = R300/person/month - Currently on a Tuesday evening and two sessions on a Saturday morning, covering both PP and Mixed Martial Arts* [MMA - see next paragraph].- You save R150!
Males and Females [16 years and older]
PPA's Mixed Martial Arts Program PPA's Mixed Martial Arts Program include amongst other, modified, amalgamated elements from Thai Kickboxing, Taekwondo, Jeet Kune Do, 'Clinch Fighting' and components from Judo, Wrestling and Brazilian Jujitsu.
Both the kicking, striking, close [clinching] and ground range has been modified for maximum street efficiency by shortening the movements and making them centreline oriented in order to minimize telegraphy.
All strikes are permitted anywhere on the body from head to toe including knees, elbows, backlists, sweeps and head butts, and other attacks seen as illegal by the majority of the martial arts community.
This of course using proper safety equipment [sparring gear, headgear, bodygear and other safety devices] but at the same time allowing fewer limitations within these ranges.
Sparring (fighting in training) is completely optional. We use the above ranges as tools for the development of the holistic fighter. To have a global understanding of hand-to-hand combat, self-defence, and in essence Personal Protection, it's imperative to be versatile in all ranges.
The ranges and other proper psychological preparation, offers many practical tools such as footwork, coordination, mobility, proximity sense, angles of attack, evasions, contact experience and much more.
It is our social responsibility to advise you of the following:
Most people confuse MMA and other martial arts styles with self-defence and the more with Personal Protection. Contrary to popular belief, MMA or any other martial arts is NOT a method of Personal Protection. It only contains certain aspects applicable to the contact phase, but do unfortunately not address the pre-contact or post contact phases.
The majority of violent confrontations including rapes, street fights, muggings, attempted murders and aggravated assaults begin in the close quarter range [conversational range] and more often than not, may include weapon involvement; something most martial arts DO NOT address, and if they do, is based on static attacks, and quite ineffective in the real world, which could lead to your death.
For the most part, kicking and striking will be severely negated in most environments or circumstances such as elevators, icy surfaces, knee high snow, in bed, on the ground, multiple attackers, concealed weapons, in the dark, in the shower, etc.Most Martial Arts is but a sport. It is but 20 percent of self-defence and or Personal Protection on its own.
Most Martial Arts is a phenomenal source of exercise and physical conditioning. However, if you are concerned about your personal safety and real Personal Protection, then we strongly recommend the full program of Personal Protection and Hand to Hand Combat INCLUDING PPA's MMA program. PPA's KIDS-POWER MMA program
"I believe the children are our future, Teach them well and let them lead the way." - Whitney Houston
PPA MMA program will BUILD YOUR CHILDS CHARACTER:
1. SELF CONFIDENCE
5. SELF DISCIPLINE & CONTROL
CREATE A COMPLETE CHILD!!! What else will they learn.?· Avoiding Kidnappings · Awareness and things to look out for · How to set personal Boundaries · Common tactics paedophiles use to be alone with your child · Answering the telephone and door · Stranger awareness · Abduction avoidance · Assault prevention · Bully prevention, · Unwanted touch prevention skills · Communication skills · What to do if they go missing · The 'CHAOT' for children · Safety TipsAnd much more.
WHEN: Days: Currently on Saturdays from 9h45-10h30
Males and Females of all ages, including children [4 years and older]
Note: For each and every member you introduce to PPA and the person joins, you receive a R50 discount on your monthly fee, thus, get 3-6 family members, friends or colleagues to join, and train for absolutely nothing!
How you get started:
Phone Roan now on 072 3255 833 to book your free introductory session.
After you have tried your FREE session, feel free to discuss any aspect of the class or your future training at PPA with one of the other more experienced students or Roan himself.
All you need to get started is a T-shirt and a pair of sweat pants, and trainers [takkies] - we will supply all other equipment necessary for a night of fun filled, functional learning.
Remember our system has been designed for anyone, regardless of their age, male, female, fitness level, if they have trained in the martial arts before or not. Anyone can do it. If you decide to join us, we will do a free personal safety assessment before you start in order to determine you exact safety needs, your strengths, weaknesses and cater the training to your lifestyle - places are limited to ensure quality of training. Our training is all about you - the customer and student.
What you will find is a friendly, open, ego-less environment where learning is encouraged and mistakes seen as ways to discover yourself on your way to a safer you. In the sessions, we encourage you to ask questions, to experiment, and to solve safety problems within your own capacity. This boils down to an environment where you work at your own pace, not ours.
We will guide, motivate and lead you [even encourage you to get where you need to be], but ultimately you control the outcome.
We are also not just a training system that teaches Personal Protection or Martial Arts. We believe in a holistic approach to coaching you and improving the quality of your life.
PPA's NEW INITIATIVE -FAMILY SAFETY WORKSHOPS!
Get the family members together for a day of fun-filled Personal Protection training that will keep you all together Family workshops:
National basis - we come to you!
WHEN: Weekends only.
Varies between R3000-R5000, excluding transportation cost.
How to book a family workshop:
Phone Roan now on 072 3255 833 to book your date, time and
It furthermore has two elemental components: first its
relationship to primal/protective responses (referred to as startle/flinch
response) and the adrenaline dump already hardwired into our survival system and
secondly, the tactical conversions of key flinch positions with accompanying
tools attacking the central nervous system of the attacker, overwhelming him
regardless of size, strength, commitment and drug-inducement.
This action is evident in anyone (even trained Police and
Military Task Team members) and varies proportionally to their levels of
awareness or preparedness. But what is most important is to note that the
startle/flinch moment is natural and human, it has nothing to do with skill or
lack of; it is a behavioural response, and the key to successfully defend
yourself is overriding the attacker's startle to flinch mechanism.
While many of these systems are very effective and well researched, their arsenals are generally based on complex motor movement, which is not feasible under extremely aggressive situations. Further, most training evolutions are based on traditional types of attack where training and fighting was based on ancient warfare, rituals and specific rules of engagements dictated when, where and how fights took place [known as consent]. This explains why battles became duels, duels became challenges, and challenges became competition.
This process creates consent, awareness and preparedness,
therefore the combatants are able to adopt stances and create space prior to the
proverbial trumpet call. Unfortunately, none is available in a hi-jacking
situation where you are staring down the barrel of a gun!
It controls fine motor skills, cognitive processing and a host
of other functions related; however when threat is perceived, the sympathetic
nervous system takes over which triggers the survival mechanisms or 'fight or
flight' response. The release of adrenaline by the sympathetic nervous system
increases blood flow and arterial pressure causing a large amount of blood to be
pumped into the larger muscles resulting in gross motor functions and
You see it in murder victims - defensive wounds in the hands and
arms. The reason being is there was a time frame there regardless of the speed
of the attack, which permitted the victim's arms to reflexively come up and
instinctively protect the vitals (eyes, throat, facial area, head etc.)
Your brain and body takes care of that for you, the stimulus is introduced to quickly and the startle to flinch response kicks in causing you to swerve out of the way while hitting the brakes as hard as you can hopefully missing the child and not killing them. Another example would be to place your hand on hot plate, and without thinking about it, instinctively pull your hand away.
Only once the situation is over do we regain access to cognitive
thought process and realize what just happened and we feel the sudden blood
rushing into our feet, the heart palpitations and the realization that we almost
killed someone...lol. We cannot choose to regress to that state; it is an
automatic hard-wired process.
The CHAOT requires neither of these elements. It can be applied
in any close quarter position, whether lying down, while falling (being taken
down), at extreme close range etc. It's comprised of tools that create maximum
damage with minimal effort. Its uniqueness is to be found in its delivery and
the science that backs its success.
Conventional methods are designed for distance tactics (kicks, punches, elbows, knees, head butts etc.); or grappling tactics (clinch, takedowns, submissions etc.) An example: What makes a grappler/fighters in the clinch so devastating is the fact that a striker/kicker for that matter, no longer has the range, torque or grounding to make his strikes/kicks effective enough to intercept or hurt the grappler/close-in fighter. Therefore everyone figured, correctly might I add, that they needed to learn to grapple as well.
The CHAOT however works best in extreme close quarter
situations, where most violent attacks take place, especially the dreaded
clinch. The closer to the opponent you are the better. The CHAOT is the
equalizer, or as it has been referred to by most of those who have been exposed
to it including other self defence experts "The Missing Link in Martial
Arts/Self Defence Training".
The very nature of the CHAOT's foundation is physiological, psychological and behavioural. It is 'user friendly' and requires no memorization of techniques, no necessity of repetitive training, no need for high levels of athleticism and is in accordance with the mind and bodies physiological rules. This offers enormous value and is a tremendous asset to any teaching and training curriculum as it can only pragmatically enhance a person's survival skills.
Hundreds of people
have successfully used the CHAOT to survive violent confrontations and martial
artists have adopted this concept into their training curriculums.