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PPM - Personal Protection Measures

 Comprehensive Reality Based Self Defence

For People Who Do Not Want To Train In Martial Art


In the 80’s Phillip Legare was asked by the US Marine Corps Commandant   - Gen Al Gray – to assist creating the corps combat system  - which he taught for a number years prior to retirement from the corps.  In 1995, as a member of then US Department of Defence Phillip began teaching a form of combat called Personal Protection Measures to military and government employees that were being deployed to work in high threat environments.  


On hearing this and understanding Phillip’s actual combat experience, the Bujinkan Grandmaster - Hatsumi  Masaaki - licensed him to teach ‘Shinkengata’ – actual combat application of Bujinkan’s Taijutsu in today's world.


Thus the core of this combative program generates from Bujinkan’s art. It incorporates elements of the USMC's training, law enforcement and US government & agency personal protection strategies.  In addition Phillip added his own combat experiences from conflicts from Vietnam to present day Afghanistan.


Phillip retired from from government work in July 2018 and is devoting himself to supporting instructors and students around the world through this program.

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The course is the Standard Self Defence Course that is  divided into 8 modules:

It can be undertaken module by module or over an intensive weekend. Participants that choose the module by module option usually undertake the training at gym sessions or as part of a tailored corporate training session.  A brief summary of each module follows:

Module 1. - Defencive Concepts - is the longest sit-down session of the course.  Discussion creates a baseline understanding on what brings about Violence, Awareness, Action, Moral and Legal issues that generate from violent conflict.  Surviving the 3 fights - Physical Moral/Emotional and Legal  -  anchors the course and the direction students work with throughout all modules. Ego is left at the door.  This course trains the student to acquire protection skills that are Repeatable, Memorable and Sustainable.

Module 1 is currently being worked into an on-line pre-work format to free more time to enhance physical skills.

Module 2. - Ground and Wall Defence - Defending from a knock down from in-front and behind to the ground or into a wall.

Module 3. - Defence against Grabs and Chokes - Wrist & Lapel Grabs, Front and Rear Chokes, Bear Hugs, being Pinned to the ground, Straddled

Module 4. - Defence against Impact Weapons - Poles, Bats, Palings, Hammers.

Module 5.- Defence against Edged Weapons - Pre-contact. Small - concealable and no-concealable  -knives machetes axes.

Module 6. - Defence against Edged Weapon -On-contact - against the wall or on the ground straddled with the weapon against the skin or clothing.

Module 7. - Defence against Firearms - Working with "Yellow" rubberised pistols and substitutes for Long arm weapon.

Module 8. - Multiple Attackers - Improvised Weapons - Crowds -  Review & Test.


Responsibility - Support

PPM1 training  can be undertaken by attending module by module sessions, or over a 2-day intensive weekend. The course is currently offered in New South Wales, South Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA. 

Before starting, students are required to sign a Waiver  -    - testifying that they are aware of the physical demands of the course.  The waiver requires details of any medical or mental health condition that could effect the students ability to complete the course. On signing the waiver the student specifically states that they undertake the training by their own volition. The PPM course objective is to support protecting the participant.  If a participant needs assistance they should request an instructor's help. They will then be guided, with care, to acquire skill.


Nonetheless, it is not unusual for course participants to stir emotional reactions to situational training. It's imperative that if a participant feels uncomfortable with any of the training that they STOP , step away from the training, and communicate any issue with their instructor. Training partners are requested to respectfully acknowledge their training partners decision in these circumstances and ask an instructor for assistance and support.  All care is taken, and participants of all levels will receive support to achieve their potential. To ensure student safety, a First Aid Certified Instructor is always at hand at all venues.

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What You Need!

Training is usually held in gyms or dojos.  Participants should wear casual clothing and soft soled shoes or runners. Pretty much anything that you feel comfortable in but won't tear during grabs or you don't mind picking up dirt from a floor or carpet.



Contact: John Cantor or SMS 0407-228-395