Why Is This Form of Corporate/Workplace Training Different (And Much More Effective)?

Unlike most other Corporate or Workplace training programs out there which focus on “team building” skills like obstacle courses or competitive athletic activities designed to boost teamwork , this form of training is unique in the fact that its’ focus is on boosting the confidence and creative problem solving ability of each member of your workforce as an individual.

In much the same way as most team sports allow either the most skilled players or the most dominant personalities to shine, conventional corporate / workplace training programs tend to favor those who are most assertive or dominant, while the rest of the team takes a back seat.  This form of training is designed to develop the qualities of assertiveness, confidence and positive self-image in EVERY member of your team as an individual, thus producing a team of highly skilled, functional and productive members capable of accomplishing tasks and taking initiative to meet productivity goals.


 Why Include Self Defense Training Into Any Wellness Program?

That is a great question, and it has several answers.

  • First and foremost, as recent events in the news have shown, the need for the general public to learn skills such as these is beyond question.
  • Self defense training has been statistically proven to combat stress and enhance mental focus, two of the biggest factors that impair productivity in the workplace. In addition, by alleviating stress and fatigue through purposeful activity, the amount of sick days employees take has been proven to be reduced (this is proven by the many corporate fitness incentive programs currently in operation) Engaging in self defense training improves one’s self confidence by proving that one can and will overcome obstacles presented in one’s personal and professional life.
  • Training in self defense skills cultivates a mindset of improvising, adapting and overcoming. These attributes will then manifest in all areas of one’s life, work being no exception.
  • A sense of camaraderie is built as participants encourage and support one another during the workshop, since all participants are there for a common purpose.


The following information was taken from a February 2010 article by Tim Rochford in Corporate Wellness Magazine

Our society tends to be REACTIVE – people wait until something bad happens before attempting to change or improve their situations. However, once something bad happens, it may be too late. The damage or negative impact (short-term and/or long-term) is already done. What benefits may be experienced if a person or company is PROACTIVELY in trying to avoid such situations? Some companies recognize the many potential benefits of providing personal safety/self defense training for their employees – prior to a harmful incident. This training can range anywhere from brief lectures/seminars on enhancing awareness with no physical training at all to full-blown programs that include awareness training along with comprehensive training in specific and necessary physical self defense skills. Companies need to see the short-term and long-term value in providing important life-saving skills for their employees.

Other than the primary benefit of teaching employees how to avoid, deal with and/or physically defend themselves against a physical attack – there are very significant reasons why a company might want to offer such a program. Here are some great reasons to include personal protection training:

Self Defense training can prevent workplace violence before it even happens. Workplace violence is growing at an alarming rate. However, it has been proven that in a situation where an aggressor might sustain an injury himself by initiating a violent attack…he avoids such actions altogether!

Imagine the costs a company could incur after dealing with the aftermath of an act of violence in the workplace. A small investment of time and money in quality self defense training today can prevent catastrophic losses in the future – losses that can literally cripple a company.

Employees who are capable of protecting themselves are more confident, which directly affects their level of performance and their leadership potential. Untrained individuals tend to avoid situations where they are required to be open to new situations and people. Self defense training helps to build confidence, increase self-esteem, and a greater sense of leadership presence. Confident people tend to be more able to overcome obstacles and get the job done.

People who feel safer are less prone to the debilitating effects of stress, which is the number one factor in many illnesses and a leading cause of on-the-job accidents. The increased confidence, coupled with an increased sense of calm, can mean a long-term cost savings for an employer. Less stress means less stress-related illnesses, less lost time due to illness, fewer accidents, and higher productivity. Without the burden of stress-related paralysis, employees are more energetic, quick-thinking, and relaxed – making them more productive members of your organization.

Self-defense training has been shown to improve employee discipline, morale and enhance teamwork.

Feelings of weakness, social anxiety, and concern for one’s safety, by any one individual, can cause stress on an entire employee group. Many employees live in fear of making the wrong decisions, some care little for their job – expecting to be paid for time rather than productivity – and others suffer from poor interpersonal skills. The difference between a company with a workforce made up of positive, powerful, and productive people and one that is not, is quite obvious.

Emotional and psychological barriers to personal achievement can prevent a team from functioning productively. A properly structured program allows team members to come together in a supportive environment to learn important skills. With the help of co-workers, individuals with weaker skill sets learn to overcome obstacles and fears that may be holding them back, and safely become leaders in their own right within their groups.

Self-defense training improves creative problem solving skills. Self defense training can help employees learn to creatively overcome obstacles to success. This type of training can develop and/or improve problem-solving abilities, creativity, and “outside the box” thinking. Employees learn to think “strategically”, providing their company with the ability to identify symptoms and root causes of problems and determine both corrective and preventive actions, leading to less wasted time, money, and other resources in having to repeatedly “replace band-aids.”

Employees may experience a greater sense of happiness and peace of mind. Happier employees provide many benefits for their company. Individuals who have a confident, positive outlook on life are less likely to be threatened by change, become defensive with others, or lash out at others verbally, physically, or emotionally when things don’t go smoothly. Martial arts-based self defense training is known to be a source of personal empowerment and confidence, providing a person with the ability to be in control of him or herself. It is this type of person that tends to attract and affect others in a positive way, making them a valuable asset to any company.

Some Other Benefits of Self Defense Training

Besides the obvious enhancement of personal safety, this type of training, if properly structured and implemented, offers many benefits that can elevate the quality of life on both a personal and professional level. Here is a partial list of obvious benefits:

  • Develops a greater sense of balance and fine motor skills
  • Increased self confidence and self-control
  • Creates a new level of respect for others
  • Teaches goal-setting and improves organizational & leadership skills
  • Provides an energy outlet (stress relief) which promotes a non-aggressive attitude
  • Develops assertiveness while reducing aggressiveness
  • Increase awareness of the benefits of a healthy and fit lifestyle
  • Promotes a higher level of mental (what is happening around you), emotional (what state are your emotions in, in what state of emotion are those with whom you are interacting), environmental (aware of your surroundings) and physical awareness in everyday work and social lives & interactions
  • Enhances patience
  • Provides a “teamwork” experience
  • Take control of your emotional well-being
  • Learn to recognize, handle and manage fear in all aspects of life
  • Develop the most powerful weapon available – your intelligence!
  • Teaches quick decision-making
  • Overcome complacency and bad habits that can make you a prime target for victimization
  • Learn to apply prevention and avoidance strategies that are consistent with your individual lifestyle
  • Learn to “check” your ego and let go of your pride
  • Learn training methods and strategies that can be practiced after completing the program that will enable you to maintain higher levels of personal safety, health and fitness
  • Learn to have grace under pressure
  • Develop greater concentration abilities
  • Become a role model
  • Make new friends and have lots of fun!!!!!!!



(Note: this is a tentative plan; workshops can be tailored to fit the needs/wants of the participants)








** Correlation to the workplace will be stressed during each phase of training to ensure employees are given the tools necessary to apply skills and attributes from training to their respective positions within your company**

Instructor Bio

Instructor Robert Bartkowski (center) with members of Gamma Phi Omega Sorority after a 2-hour Women’s Self Defense Workshop held at Loyola Univeristy Chicago.

Instructor Robert Bartkowski has been involved in the martial arts since 1994. Robert holds an Instructor’s certificate in Wing Chun (Ving Tsun) kung fu from the prestigious Ng Family Chinese Martial Arts Association (NFCMAA) headquartered in Chicago’s Chinatown. Robert also holds a Full Instructor certificate in Ving Tsun through the Lee Academy Martial Arts Association, an Apprentice Instructor certificate in Intense Defense Systems Close-Quarter Combat, a Phase III Instructor rank in the Proactive Personal Security system of Self-Defense from Empower Training Systems, and a black belt/instructor ranking in taekwondo through the American Taekwondo Association (ATA), the single largest martial arts organization in the world.  Robert is also a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) as well as a certified clinical massage therapist and certified Master Practitioner of Reiki energywork.

Aside from his involvement in the combative arts, Robert is first and foremost just a regular guy: he is a husband, brother, son and friend. His love and respect for friends, family and decent people everywhere prompted Robert to create the WALKING WEAPON Self Protection Skills System as well as the WHITE COLLAR WARRIOR Corporate and Executive Training Program.

Robert is the author of BECOME A WALKING WEAPON! A Cheater’s Guide to Simple Skills, Practical Tactics and Other “Dirty Little Secrets” Of Self-Defense You Can Learn, Use and Apply TODAY available in both print & digital format (Kindle) from Amazon.

Robert’s mission has become educating the general population as to effective, efficient and easily applied self-protection skills and trying his best to ensure that decent people everywhere never need to feel helpless again by proving to them that one does not need to study martial arts for years and years in order to learn how to protect oneself and one’s friends and family.

For further information on hosting one of Robert’s innovative and engaging “Warrior Workshops” at your facility for your staff, you can contact Robert via the following media:


Phone: 708-254-1757.

He will be more than happy to assist you any way he can.


 “we will not RISE to our expectations, we will FALL to our level of training…”