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John Borter

John Borter, Owner Modern Self-Defense Academy

John Borter is the founder and senior instructor of the Modern Self-Defense Academy. He holds the rank of 6th degree Black Belt and the title of "Professor" in the martial arts. He holds Black Belt ranks in a number of martial arts including Modern Jujitsu, Small Circle Jujitsu, Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Combat Hapkido, and Kyusho-Jitsu. He is a Study Group Leader teaching Panatukan and TCS Knife Concept under SAMI Combat Systems International, a Full Instructor in the Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do Grappling Association, holds certifications in Filipino and Chinese Locking Principles, Kuntao Kali, and Instructor Certifications in Military Combatives and Police Defensive Tactics. He is a Certified Master Instructor and the US Representative for KEAT Tactical Ops, a world-renowned defensive tactics and security organization, and an instructor for the Professional Security Training Institute (PSTI). He is an internationally recognized and certified self-defense instructor. In 1997, Mr. Borter was inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame for "Outstanding Contributions to the Martial Arts".


Mr. Borter is also the founder and Director of the ABC Women's Self-Defense program. This program is currently taught in 14 countries around the world and has been widely taught to thousands of women. It is one of the most fun, popular, and critically acclaimed programs of its kind. Mr. Borter also teaches self-defense courses to the general public, to members of the military, law enforcement, security companies, and bouncers. He is the Director and Head Instructor of the PressurePoint Self-Defense (PPSD) System and PressurePoint Defense Tactics (PPDT) Systems, utilizing pressure points and joint manipulation for self-defense. Mr. Borter also offers instruction and certification for law enforcement and civilians in the use of the Kubotan Self-Defense Keychain.


He has been a featured speaker and self-defense expert on WAMC radio, Raven Talk, and has been featured on WTEN News and LookTV, as well as the subject of numerous other radio, television, newspaper, magazine, and blog articles. He is a highly sought martial arts and self-defense instructor, teacher, and expert.   

Tom Mazzaferro

Tom Mazzaferro, Modern Self-Defense Academy

Grand Master Tom Mazzaferro has been studying and practicing martial arts for well over 30 years. He has studied with some of the finest martial artists in the world. His Taiji reflects the teachings of Grandmaster Erle Montaigue, President and Founder of the World Taiji Boxing Association. He has trained with Grand Master Won Keun Bai, and General Choi Hong Hi, founder of Tae Kwon Do.


His arts include Yang Taijiquan, Qigong, Tae Kwon Do, and Hapkido. His philosophy is to keep learning, keep teaching, and to teach his students as he would his closest friends and family. Grand Master Mazzaferro offers some of the finest instruction available!

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