A wise woman wishes to be no one's enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone's victim. ~ Maya Angelou
Lisa Abbott established Subtle Warrior Self Defense after becoming a certified personal defense instructor in 2004. Her training in a traditional martial art began twenty-two years prior.
Realizing that the martial arts does not completely prepare one for self defense, the quest for answers began. Specializing in Self Defense became the the focus.
Martial arts is not self defense. Though It can be a part of defending, self defense involves so much more than the the physical fight.
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Subtle Strategies - Warrior Tactics
Subtle Warrior Self Defense, LLC
Personal Defense EDUCATION for Women
Formal training in a traditional martial art was an 18 year journey. During that time, I designed my own studio and my husband and I built it. The ending of the journey began when I realized that marital arts, all the skills, the techniques and practice did not fully prepare for a personal defense situation.
With that, I walked away from traditional martial arts. A couple of years later I found myself at a Buddhist monastery studying Zen in Santa Fe, NM with Roshi Joan Halifax. I returned for several more summers. Each year I discovered something more about myself, my own ideology, and it was there that I came to realize I wanted to teach. Women. Self defense. So thus, the quest began.
Then by pure chance, I found an opportunity to become certified as a self defense instructor. Traveling to Ashville, SC in 2004 I attended a seminar to gain certification. It was there that I met Phil Messina and started to learn about defending, and the various details involved. His principles were so simple and effective, that I returned to train with Phil as often as I could. A few years later, he recommended reading, Meditations on Violence, by Rory Miller.
2010 I travelled to Billings, MT to attend a Rory Miller seminar. Since then I have travelled to many places to gain knowledge from Rory. I have met amazing people and windows of opportunity to train with other violence professionals have opened up. The information each of the instructors give and the value of their experience has take my quest to teach women self defense to a whole new perspective. And continues to do so each and every time.
I live in a very small rural town in Nevada. I am a wife, mom and grandmother, and I work at the local high school.