S.D.S. Concepts with Peter Weckauf
In today’s digital world, the internet is filled with all kinds of “masters,” instructors,” and self-proclaimed “guru’s” that offer how-to videos on everything from home repair to magic tricks. Martial arts are is no different. Occasionally, the cyber gods deliver the real deal – something legitimate and something worthwhile that teaches valuable information and practical techniques.
Enter SAMI International!
SAMI International is a unique concept that blends defensive skills, martial arts, and fitness to create a very practical system of self-defense that can be learned and practiced any time and any place. SAMI International is the brain-child of Peter Weckauf and Irmengard Hanzal and has become the largest self-defense school in Austria.
Peter was born in Vienna, Austria and is a licensed trainer, certified boxing trainer, author, and an internationally recognized expert in security. He has rank and experience in Krav Maga, Jeet Kune Do, Eskrima, Kali, Luta Livre, Wing Chun, and boxing.
Irmengard Hanzal was born in Klosterneuburg, Austria and heads the largest self-defense martial arts school in Vienna; together, she and Peter founded the Austrian Krav Maga Association.
Irmengard is a certified boxing instructor and the head instructor for Krav Maga Austria, Eskrima, Kali, Jeet Kune Do, S.D.S. Concepts, and T.C.S. Knife fighting Concepts. She is particularly interested in teaching self-defense to women and children through her “Fight Back!” and “Kids Krav Maga” programs.
One of SAMI International’s premier programs is S.D.S. Concepts. It is very effective and rapidly growing in Europe, while just beginning to catch fire in America. The focus of this system is 100% self-defense with the guiding premise of “Always Armed.”
The bedrock principle of S.D.S. is to utilize a small defense stick (hence S.D.S.) such as a kubotan or a yawara to enhance the effectiveness of common self-defense techniques.
However, the system quickly evolved into the use of “non-weapons” or everyday objects to accomplish the same goal in a way that may be preferred in terms of possible legal implications.
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