• 2018 -  Rory Miller -Boise, ID •Violence Dynamics PRIME -MN ​•Violence Dynamics West -Berkley, CA
  • 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

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. ​​

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Subtle Strategies - Warrior Tactics

Subtle Warrior Self Defense, LLC

Personal Defense EDUCATION for Women​

About Me

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.