Subtle Warrior Self Defense, LLC

Subtle Evolution

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. ​​

Personal Defense EDUCATION for Women​

Subtle Strategies - Warrior Tactics


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  • 2018 -  Rory Miller -Boise, ID •Violence Dynamics PRIME -MN ​•Violence Dynamics West -Berkley, CA •Rory Miller's Chiron Training Instructor Development Training, Ashburn, VA
  • 2017 -  Violence Dynamics PRIME -Minneapolis, MN with Terry Trahan, Kasey Kekeisen, Tammy McCracken, Randy King and Rory Miler •Terry Trahan at Soja -Berkley, CA •Rory Miller weekend at Idaho Martial Arts -Boise, ID​
  • 2016 -  Violence Dynamics West -Oakland, CA with Marc McYoung, Terry Trahan, Ed Calderon, Kathy Jackson, Rory Miler, Kasey Kekeisen  •Mixed Skills: Urban Observation and Movement with Ed Calderon and Tracker Dan -Oakland, CA
  • 2015 -  Training with Rory Miller -Oakland, CA •"Convergence Evolution" with Rory Miller and Tony Blauer -Carlsbad, CA •Tony Blauer Annual SPEAR System Self Defense Combatives Camp -Las Vegas, NV
  • 2014 -  Training with Rory Miller -Oakland, CA  
  • 2013 -  Training with Rory Miller -Oakland, CA
  • 2012 -  Elko County Sheriff's Citizen's Academy program
  • ​2011 -  'Concrete, Dirt & Barstools' with Rory Miller -San Francisco •Presented at the Women In Business Luncheon sponsored by Elko Daily Free Press •Third training with Rory -Lakewood, CO. Met Bob Orlando, Marc McYoung, and Terry Trahan •Fourth Training with Rory -Reno, NV.  
  • 2010 -  Wilderness Fast/Vision Quest in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains with Upaya Zen Center •First training with Rory Miller -Billings, MT  •Attended NCASV's Sexual Violence Prevention and Intervention Convention -Las Vegas, NV •Attended FSDW seminar at Modern Warrior Defensive Tactics Institute© and taught a segment at the seminar
  • 2009 -  Female Self Defense Week (FSDW) certification at Modern Warrior© -Long Island, NY  •Rape Aggression Defense training -Winnemucca, NV  •Third Summer at Upaya Zen Center
  • 2008 -  ​Fifth AWSDA Seminar, taught a segment at the conference -SC •Presented at 'Break 4 Defense' self defense seminars at all Great Basin College campuses  •Defensive Tactics Instructor Training and certification at Modern Warrior© -Long Island, NY •Joined Ruby Mountain Toastmasters International 
  • 2007 -  4th AWSDA Seminar -Phoenix, AZ. Met and trained with Kevin Dillion at the Seminar
  • 2006 -  3rd AWSDA Seminar -Phoenix, AZ​
  • 2005 -  Confined Area Survival Training at Modern© with Phil Messina -Long Island, NY •Second AWSDA Seminar -Toronto, Canada •Regional Rep for AWSDA.
  • 2004 -  First American Women's Self Defense (AWSDA) Seminar attended -North Carolina. Met Erin Weed, founder of Girls Fight Back at the seminar 
  • 2003 -  Second summer at Upaya Zen Center 
  • 2002 -  First summer of work study a Upaya Zen Center, a Buddhist Monastery -Santa Fe, NM
  • 1999  -  Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine classes with Bonnie Crotsenberg -Elko, NV
  • 1996  -  Started Tai Chi with Shenghong Eikenberry​ -Elko, NV
  • 1993  -  Nidan sanction achieved
  • 1989  -  Opened the Wells Branch of the TJC. Designed and constructed my own dojo
  • 1984  -  Returned  to the area and to training. The system, called Futago no Kyoku Neko-ryu or Twin Jade Cat Martial Tradition, was a combination of Kyokushin and four other styles
  • 1983  -  Married and moved away
  • 1982  -  Enrolled in Karate at local community college

A wise woman wishes to be no one's enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone's victim.      ~ Maya Angelou