My name is Chris Friesen and I am the Owner and Chief Instructor for Self-Defense Manitoba.
I have been involved in self-defense and combatives training, both as a student and as an instructor, for more than 20 years. I have studied taekwondo, jiu jitsu, karate, jeet kune do, boxing as well as various reality based systems such as Blauer Tactical Systems, Target Focus Training, Commando Krav Maga, and Senshido International.
I became certified in Commando Krav Maga on March 4, 2012 after an intensive certification course that taught me a lot about myself and my perceived limits. It was an emotionally, mentally and physically exhausting experience, and one that has made me a much better instructor.
One of the things it has taught me is to never cease being a student and learning new things. I often find that there is much to learn even from my own students, as long as I am open to that.
I became a Certified Partner of SAFE International in June of 2013 and taught their various world class self-defense courses until the end of 2016, at which time I struck out on my own once again, as Self-Defense Manitoba.
My philosophy on self-defense centers around simplicity, and I always strive to strip away any techniques or tactics that are unessential or too complex.
Self-defense is not overly complicated and should be readily available to everyone, regardless of their age, gender, fitness level or body type and that is what I focus on when developing or teaching any techniques or tactics to any of my students.