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About Phil Thompson

Protect Self Defence International Director

Phil Thompson

Phil Thompson is the co-founder and International Director of Protect Self Defence. He is the author of two influential books on self defence, a keynote speaker and highly regarded self-protection expert. Phil leads seminars and instructs a huge variety of clients and students in Protect programmes all over New Zealand and further abroad. 

With over 20 years experience in his field, and in-demand speaker, trainer, and advisor he has helped empower thousands of people with the skills and confidence to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Phil believes that beyond the physical, effective self-protection involves a variety of behavioural, emotional, psychological, ethical and legal aspects. To understand them all is to truly feel safe.

Clients include members of the general public, as well as professionals not new to violence, such as Police (including special units), ambulance officers and other emergency services personnel, NZ Customs staff and other government agencies. He has also served as a consultant to government departments on training module design for at-risk staff. He regularly teaches corporate clients, businesses of all sizes, schools, special needs organisations and everyday men and women concerned about their safety and the safety of their loved ones. 

Phil has appeared on several national television programs and is widely regarded as the nation’s leading expert on the topic of self defence/self protection. His unique perspective on self defence, developed in part by his own life experiences dealing with real violence and conflict, has pioneered a new standard in the industry. Phil can be contacted at


"Realistic and simple techniques foe surviving extremely violent

situations, delivered in the most professional manner."

D Radovanovich, NZ Customs Service

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