"First, I am a Domestic Violence Survivor (DV). I was in fear for my life because of the many times that I was physically beaten to a pulp by my ex. Yes, I have a restraining order, but let’s face it, it’s only good if the police can catch him and what are you supposed to do with a piece of paper anyways? Wave it at him? By that time, I could be beaten again or worse- dead!
I contacted Sensei Marc in April ’16 due to my ex not giving up and letting me go (26 yrs worth of not giving up to be exact).
I was not (and am not) looking to become a vigilante, but needed to know how to defend myself should an altercation occur. I just wanted to be myself again, have friends (without fearing the repercussions) and enjoy life and all its normal ups & downs- I wanted to live again.
Sensei Marc had no idea the extent of the physical and emotional damage that I had been subjected to (and some that still lingers). He has been kind, patient and accommodating to my needs as a DV Survivor (with issues).
I have had opportunities to meet and work with other Instructors and students at his Dojo and have been accepted with open arms. To be respected and accepted where you are in life and not judged is of utmost importance to a Survivor.
The techniques in his training are not difficult and are based on movements that you make in your everyday activities. Throughout my training, I have also watched myself grow mentally and emotionally. I have regained my self-confidence and no longer just exist, but truly live life now.
Bochner's Realistic Self-Defense has highly skilled Instructors who are truly invested in each and every student’s goals and success. While I am definitely not as skilled as my Sensei, I feel confident in the training I have received that I could handle a confrontation with my ex should another one occur.
Sensei Marc, you and your staff are the best!!! I will be with you for a long time to come!
If you are looking for an awesome place to learn self-defense, please check out Bochner's Realistic Self-Defense. You won’t be disappointed!"