Southard Combat System: Reality Based Self Defense!

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Tony Southard is a unique man. He has been a full con­tact pro­fes­sional fighter, a body­guard for celebri­ties, a mar­tial arts instruc­tor, a police instruc­tor, a mil­i­tary instruc­tor, and a Karate Grand­mas­ter! This North Car­olina based mar­tial arts expert and trainer is a man you should know. Many law enforce­ment offi­cers, police recruits, and mil­i­tary oper­a­tors already know Mr. Southard very well. He fre­quently teaches the local police and mil­i­tary personnel.

With all of that real world expe­ri­ence he knows some­thing about com­bat­ives and train­ing! Tony Southard teaches at a police acad­emy as well as con­ducts sem­i­nars all over the coun­try. I have had the plea­sure to be affil­i­ated with Grand­mas­ter Southard for the last cou­ple of years and I can tell you first­hand that he knows what he is talk­ing about, and he can teach what he knows.

A lit­tle back­ground about Tony Southard in his own words from the Southard Com­bat Sys­tems website:

“I have been in the Mar­tial Arts since I was a boy. I have been the head of secu­rity for sev­eral night clubs. I have been the head of secu­rity for sev­eral night clubs. I have been attacked by many peo­ple who really wanted to test my sys­tem to see how effec­tive it was. They tried all kinds of tech­niques and weapons. “

Some of the ser­vices that Mr. Southard, Founder of the Southard Com­bat Sys­tem, offers:

  • Pri­vate Lessons for Individuals
  • Police and Secu­rity Train­ing Solutions
  • Hand to Hand Com­bat Mil­i­tary Training
  • Mul­ti­ple Assailant Self Defense
  • Weapons Defense Training
  • Effec­tive Street Self Defense Training
  • Pres­sure Point Con­trol Tactics
  • Women’s Self Defense
  • Group Instruc­tion (Flight Atten­dants, Pilots, Store Clerks, etc.)
  • Mar­tial Arts & Self Defense Sem­i­nars – USA, Europe, or Worldwide
  • Body Guard­ing (Exec­u­tive and Celebrity Protection)
  • Night Club (Bouncer) and Casino Secu­rity Training

I fre­quently teach the Southard Com­bat System’s firearms defense and dis­arm­ing tech­niques. I recently pub­lished a research paper con­cern­ing firearm defenses for the Insti­tute of Mar­tial Arts and Sci­ences based in the United King­dom and my paper fea­tured pho­tographs of Grand­mas­ter Southard demon­strat­ing one of his firearms dis­arm­ing techniques.

Gun Dis­arm Video

So even if you can­not train with Tony Southard in per­son, you can pur­chase his videos which include “Dirty Ground Fight­ing,” and “Power Punches,” just to name a cou­ple. The videos are inex­pen­sive and very infor­ma­tive. The Southard Com­bat System’s way of doing things is cer­tainly “unique” if you can call learn­ing to drive a tac­ti­cal pen through a badguy’s eardrum “unique!”

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Another method to obtain­ing Grand­mas­ter Southard’s train­ing series is to pur­chase the Shinja Buke Ryu Kenpo series which con­tains the Southard Com­bat System’s videos as well. That series is also an excel­lent choice and con­tains many self-defense and defen­sive tac­tics tech­niques taught by Dr. John Enger a retired police lieu­tenant commander.


To learn some of the Southard Com­bat Sys­tem directly from Tony Southard him­self you may also attend the Shinja Hall of Hon­ors sem­i­nar being held in Sara­sota, Florida on Sep­tem­ber 13–15, 2013. I will also be teach­ing a class on Shinja Kenpo and help­ing teach a class on the Bryan Fass’ new Fit Fighter pro­gram (stay tuned for more about that pro­gram in the near future!).

So for now, be care­ful, stay safe, and think about what you are doing out there at all times.  Always remem­ber, “If Not Me, Then Who?”

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Women’s Self Defense Seminar Feb. 1 Morehead City, NC


Great opportunity to learn right here on the coast.
There is nothing more important than your life.
I will be teaching
– Self confidence
– Ways to keep you and your family safe.

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Morehead City, NC

Come out and have a great time with us! We hope to see you all there.
(Please park on the side of the Parks and Recreation Center)

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Gun and Knife Disarms by Southard Combat System

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What Southard Students Say – Husted

What Southard Students SayI am part of Crystal Coast Fire Academy (CCFA) and on August 17, 2013, our PT instructor Grand Master Southard was teaching us self defense and how important life really is. We have a saying, “You only get one life but you can replace your job.”

At the fire academy it opens your eyes when you think of that. Instructor Southard showed us self defense that you will never see any were else. We were very impressed. I’m also part of the Morehead City Police Department and two years ago we had instructor Southard come and teach our Special Reaction Team. Today I got a refresher course but at the same time I learned more then what I knew two years ago.

We at the CCFA are proud that we have instructor Southard to teach us this because one day we will have to fight for our life. I recommend this for everybody and I mean every word when I say this will save your life!

Chris Husted, CCFA

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What Southard Students Say – Rabideau

Here is another student testimony:

I’m fortunate enough to have been a student of GM Tony (Grandmaster Tony Southard) for approximately eight years. After training as long as I have and knowing what I know now, I realize that even after my first few lessons with GM Tony I already knew more self defense, more ways to defend myself than I had or would ever get from any other class or seminar. He truly teaches reality based self defense.

GM Tony teaches real world tactics to defend yourself whether you are a man or woman. The techniques are very effective and more importantly for anyone considering training with him … very doable. Anyone can learn Southard Combat System if they set their mind to it.

GM Tony cares greatly about his students and is willing to do anything to help them learn. He is patient, kind, yet tough and effective. As long as someone is willing to learn, listens, and is respectful, he will teach and you will learn how to effectively defend yourself.

GM Tony is the best at what he does. I could write a huge list of all his accomplishments but the one that matters the most for me is me — I am confident in my ability to defend myself from many different types of attacks because of what he has taught me.

I highly recommend that everyone (especially women) learn self defense from Grandmaster Tony Southard. I think it should be one of those things people learn like learning to swim, how to drive, etc. We should all know how to defend ourselves against people who want to do us harm and GM Tony is the best person to teach you.

Erika Rabideau, N.C.

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