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Long Road


To Guide You on Your Self Defense Journey

Providing world class education and training for violence prevention, awareness and defense tactics since 1994, our unique method to self protection is a journey into the psychological, emotional and behavioural triggers of violence, the deconstruction of the ego, and the setting of foundations for comprehensive and positive transformation of individuals, families, and communities worldwide.


Passionate, Empathetic, Driven and Focused: Just a few words to describe Rich and Pam. A husband and wife team whose personal life experiences drove them where they are today.


This is their life's purpose, their legacy project, and they are passionate to help guide you on your journey of knowledge and development.

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Richard Dimitri


Born in 1969, Richard Dimitri began his martial arts training in 1975. By the age of 21 he’d acquired instructor certifications and black belts in several forms of martial arts and combative disciplines.


This lead him into various careers that spanned over 2 decades in the fields of private, public and corporate security, surveillance, counter surveillance and bodyguarding for high profile clients in Canada, the US, Europe and Mexico.

Backed by unswerving research into the dynamics of social and antisocial violence along with his training and experience, Rich formulated his own method of self-protection then dubbed 'Senshido International' in 1994, a street-smart self defense system predicated on human behaviour in relation to social and anti-social violence. 

Having taught in over 22 countries, Richard secured himself as one of the top and most sought out violence prevention, personal protection and defense tactics experts in the world today.  He's the chief architect of Study of Violence and the cofounder of Real People Solutions with Pamela Armitage.

Pamela Armitage


Pam is the Chief Impact Officer at Study of Violence and the co founder of Real People Solutions. She is certified by both Richard Dimitri and Safe International.

She is also a RYT200 Certified Yoga Teacher with a special focus on Trauma Sensitive Yoga continuing her research and development into trauma and its effects. Since 2015, she works with sufferers of Trauma, such as PTSD, victims of sexual abuse, assault and addictions. 

In 2018, Pam took her training in Trauma Sensitive and Trauma Informed care and combined it with her experience in teaching to create a Trauma Informed and Trauma Sensitive Teaching Program for Self Defense and Martial Arts Teachers. This program is highly sought after, highly praised and is incorporated into their internationally acclaimed Masterclass.
Pam is a pioneer in the Self Defense industry for being the first at casting a bright light on the subject of trauma and the critical importance of trauma informed teaching in the self protection and martial arts industry.


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  • UK Shredder Workshop
    UK Shredder Workshop
    Sun, Sep 01
    Aureus Secondary School
    Sep 01, 2024, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. GMT+1
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    Sep 01, 2024, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. GMT+1
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    5 hours for £50. Funds shown in CAD equivalent.
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