DEFENDO by Jyrki Saario offers a unique training program, in which each level concentrates on a different aspect of self-defense. On various levels our students learn skills such as: adopting a proper stance and moving while fighting, fighting on the ground, effectively controlling an opponent, leverages, defending against an armed opponent and psychological resilience.
Here is a list of expertise ranks recognized within DEFENDO:
LEVEL I - HARD TARGET
First of the six levels, during Hard Target we teach the basics of self-defense. Students are introduced to the "Never Give Up" mindset, which makes them difficult opponents in a confrontation. The Hard Target training is conducted in a safe environment, provides great workout and a fun way to break one's daily routine.
LEVEL II, III, IV - COMBAT TECH
The next three levels build on the techniques that students have learned so far. These levels focus on controlling a stronger opponent and defending against attacks from various directions while standing as well as on the ground.
LEVEL V, VI - S.T.A.R. (SPECIAL TACTICS AND RESPONSE)
These are advanced levels of expertise in DEFENDO. The focus is on defending oneself against an armed opponent. The skills are honed in realistic training conditions. This is an advanced tactical traning that prepares to deal with any kind of dangerous situation.
This is the highest level of expertise in the DEFENDO system. It is the equivalent of the black belt in martial arts. Receiving the DEFENDO Red diploma for Jyrki Saario himself - means that the student has developed his/hers skills and understanding of the DEFENDO system to the highest degree, worthy of a DEFENDO Master.