Joe Bertoni is a California Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) certified instructor in several physical disciplines with over 18 years of law enforcement/specialized training and 30 years of martial arts experience.
His career in law enforcement started in 1998 as a Reserve Deputy followed by being a Correctional Officer in 2000 and then as a full-time Deputy Sheriff in 2001. He shared his expertise in self-defense training as a senior force instructor with a Sheriff’s Department in California.
Joe’s background experiences include providing patrol services, prisoner transport, corrections, providing specialized training, consulting, management, personal security, and executive protection.
His participation in other related operations include courthouse security, marine patrol, and working as a member of various special teams, including Dive Team, Air Rescue, Tactical Response Vehicle, Jail Search Team, and Jail Critical Incident Response Team.
Joe specializes on trainings that equip his students with self-defense skills that can be used both for practical and professional applications. Since 2002 Joe has been teaching and training law enforcement, security personnel, and private citizens.
Joe's passion for the yawara stick and for providing reality based self-defense training, led to the creation of this website as a resource for training information.
Joe's hopes are to inspire others in their training, and to be a positive influence in their life.
Strength is found through perseverance, endurance, and the loving support of family & friends.
I dedicated this website to my two sons, Joey & Damaian Bertoni. They were there in the beginning and helped me get started with teaching by supporting me and by helping me with creating my videos, teaching classes, and so much more.
Thank you boys, I love you!