David Hallford

Experience:25 Years

Email:jeetsusensei@gmail.com

Phone:530.392.8369

David Hallford, Sensei

Sensei

Biography:

David Hallford, SenseiDavid Hallford began studying karate at age 16 under Grand Master Charles Gaylord.  Gaylord was a kajukenbo practitioner who created his own system of kajukenbo known as The Gaylord Method.

David moved on and began the study of shorinji ryu karate (originating from Okinawan karate) under instructors who were directly under Grandmaster instructor Richard Kim, who would go on to receive the rare rank of judan (10th degree black belt) posthumously at the time of his death.  David was awarded his 1st degree black belt under Grandmaster Kim in 1970.

David went on to study a Chinese kempo system called Haak Lung Chuan under Grandmaster Art Gitlin, earning the rank of 3rd degree black belt in 1994.

After several years of instructing and studying/training in multiple martial arts styles, David moved away from the traditional martial arts and focused his training on ‘street ready’ self-defense techniques that can be taught to untrained students in a short time (hours/days vs. months/years) These techniques can be immediately usable. As a seasoned Sensei, he still shares traditional training but prefers a more real life and realistic approach to self-defense.

Since the mid-90s, David has studied, trained and developed realistic self-defense techniques that are designed to work against real-life assaults that happen on the street, campuses, parking lots/garages, ATMs, etc. His techniques are built around the premise that you shouldn’t have to be a martial arts expert to be able to protect yourself from assault.

David has devoted decades to studying violent crime and developing realistic self-defense tactics. While attempting to provide full-circle self-defense training to interested individuals and groups, it became apparent that effective unarmed, gun disarms, and knife defense skills were mandatory. Discovering that no realistic systems were available, David, together with Rich Nance, formed WARTAC and set about developing a gun disarm system and unarmed knife defense system that are easy to learn, remember, and use in the chaos of a real-life armed assault situation.

David and Rich produced a video through Paladin Press called “Keep Your Piece,” which shows police officers how to keep their sidearm (piece) when a criminal suspect is trying to take it and use it on the officer.

David is a past member of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers (A.S.L.E.T) and, along with WARTAC co-founder Rich Nance, has trained as ‘primary instructor’ at ASLET International Conferences in close-quarter combat.  Their “Beating the Blade” seminar has been training law enforcement personnel from around the world.

David and Rich received an email from an army corporal serving in Iraq thanking them for producing their gun disarm video, which he studied and used one of the techniques shown in the video to disarm an insurgent hiding behind a door during a room-clearing mission thus saving his life.

David went on to create his own self-defense system called Jeetsu (easy way).  His  crowning achievement has been creating this self-defense system that is based on close-quarter control techniques that can stop and control an aggressor without causing any injury.

This system is currently being made available to teachers to control, when necessary, an aggressive and/or bullying student who presents danger to themselves, another student, or a teacher.  This system greatly reduces the liability that might stem from a teacher having to touch and restrain a student.

This same system is also appropriate for students who are being harassed and/or bullied from aggressive students.

This Jeetsu program is known as the A.C.T. System, (Applied Control Techniques), and meets all of the criteria set forth in AB-2657 Pupil discipline:

Restraint and seclusion guidelines passed by the California Assembly and approved by the Governor on September 30, 2018.

 

David brings real-life self-defense tactics with focus on:

  • Women’s self-defense and assault prevention
  • Mixed adult self-defense
  • Law enforcement
  • Teachers and educators
  • Teens dealing with bullies
  • Psychiatric workers dealing with dangerous or acting-out patientsDavid Hallford began studying karate at age 16 under Grand Master Charles Gaylord.  Gaylord was a kajukenbo practitioner who created his own system of kajukenbo known as The Gaylord Method.David moved on and began the study of shorinji ryu karate (originating from Okinawan karate) under instructors who were directly under Grandmaster instructor Richard Kim, who would go on to receive the rare rank of judan (10th degree black belt) posthumously at the time of his death.  David was awarded his 1st degree black belt under Grandmaster Kim in 1970.

    David went on to study a Chinese kempo system called Haak Lung Chuan under Grandmaster Art Gitlin, earning the rank of 3rd degree black belt in 1994.

    After several years of instructing and studying/training in multiple martial arts styles, David moved away from the traditional martial arts and focused his training on ‘street ready’ self-defense techniques that can be taught to untrained students in a short time (hours/days vs. months/years) These techniques can be immediately usable. As a seasoned Sensei, he still shares traditional training but prefers a more real-life and realistic approach to self-defense.

    Since the mid-90s, David has studied, trained, and developed realistic self-defense techniques that are designed to work against real-life assaults that happen on the street, campuses, parking lots/garages, ATMs, etc. His techniques are built around the premise that you shouldn’t have to be a martial arts expert to be able to protect yourself from assault.

    David has devoted decades to studying violent crime and developing realistic self-defense tactics. While attempting to provide full-circle self-defense training to interested individuals and groups, it became apparent that effective unarmed, gun disarms, and knife defense skills were mandatory. Discovering that no realistic systems were available, David, together with Rich Nance, formed WARTAC and set about developing a gun disarm system and unarmed knife defense system that are easy to learn, remember, and use in the chaos of a real-life armed assault situation.

    David and Rich produced a video through Paladin Press called “Keep Your Piece,” which shows police officers how to keep their sidearm (piece) when a criminal suspect is trying to take it and use it on the officer.

    David is a past member of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers (A.S.L.E.T) and, along with WARTAC co-founder Rich Nance, has trained as ‘primary instructor’ at ASLET International Conferences in close-quarter combat.  Their “Beating the Blade” seminar has been training law enforcement personnel from around the world.

    David and Rich received an email from an army corporal serving in Iraq thanking them for producing their gun disarm video, which he studied and used one of the techniques shown in the video to disarm an insurgent hiding behind a door during a room-clearing mission thus saving his life.

    David went on to create his own self-defense system called Jeetsu (easy way).  His crowning achievement has been creating this self-defense system that is based on close-quarter control techniques that can stop and control an aggressor without causing any injury.

    This system is currently being made available to teachers to control, when necessary, an aggressive and/or bullying student who presents a danger to themselves, another student, or a teacher.  This system greatly reduces the liability that might stem from a teacher having to touch and restrain a student.

    This same system is also appropriate for students who are being harassed and/or bullied by aggressive students.

    This Jeetsu program is known as the A.C.T. System, (Applied Control Techniques), and meets all of the criteria set forth in AB-2657 Pupil discipline:

    Restraint and seclusion guidelines passed by the California Assembly and approved by the Governor on September 30, 2018.

     

    David brings real-life self-defense tactics with a focus on:

    • Women’s self-defense and assault prevention
    • Mixed adult self-defense
    • Law enforcement
    • Teachers and educators
    • Teens dealing with bullies
    • Psychiatric workers dealing with dangerous or acting-out patients

Skills:

Focused women’s self-defense
100%
Adults class “Street Jeetsu”
100%
Law enforcement “Cop Jeetsu”
100%
Teens dealing with bullies “Teen Jeetsu”
100%