Our Mission

When a criminal assault occurs, the Victim is on the scene long before the Police – You are your own First Responder. At no time do we advocate the use of force against another unless that use of force is reasonably necessary and legally justified. But when the use of force against another person is reasonably necessary and legally justified, that use of force must be effective. Against a serious and motivated attack the most effective option is not to defend, but to take out the threat. The purpose of the Hardened Target Program is to:

  • Help people to recognize and believe in the difference between “the Right to Defend Yourself” and “the Responsibility to do so.”
  • Understand the basic legal requirements regarding the lawful use of force in defending people and property, how to recognize and articulate “disparity of force, threat recognition and assessment, and reasonable force options.”
  • Show people how to develop not just awareness – but determination.
  • Teach people how to develop power through using basic body mechanics and movement.
  • Introduce techniques that are effective: Easily learned and retained by the average person, easily performed under conditions of high stress and in different environments, with a high and proven success rate.
  • Provide an instructional template that leads people to develop strong techniques, combinations that make use of natural movement, able to perform these combinations in the air – on pads and on padded people, stationary – moving and under increasing pressure – to “program in” an emotional response, until the person is able to disregard planned combinations and just hit with physical and emotional intensity from different positions and angles with one purpose – to stop the threat.
  • Be able to articulate their actions – “debrief” afterward.


The Hardened Target Personal Protection System is based on your legal rights, and your duty and responsibility to yourself and your family. The HT instructional template is based on methods that have proven effective in teaching officer survival. It makes use of a persons’ natural response to stress, body mechanics, and power development and most importantly, the techniques and tactics are limited to what is easy to learn, retain, and effectively perform by the average person under stress, and under the conditions they’re likely to be used. Unarmed striking, ground tactics, O.C. (pepper spray), impact, edged, and improvised weapons along with basic firearms training and tactics are all part of the Hardened Target curriculum.


The Hardened Target Personal Protection System develops sound defense skills with the use of:

  • Personal / emergency weapons – Hands, feet, elbows, knees etc – On your feet and on the ground.
  • O.C. (Pepper Spray) tactics integrated with the above
  • Impact tools – Flashlights, Kubotans, Sticks etc, Integrated with the above.
  • Edged or Pointed tools – Knives, pens etc, integrated with the above
  • Firearms – Integrated with the above.

We stress and make use of 2 factors:

  • Nothing (no technique or personal weapon) works on everyone all the time.
  • Under a “fight or flight – adrenaline dump – stress response”, any person is capable of extreme strength, high pain tolerance and “manic” determination, which can make that person extremely dangerous and hard to stop.

USA Instructors


USA Hardened Target Instructors include:

  • Thomas Sipin (Program Director) – West Allis, WI
  • Gary Benson – Soldiers Grove, WI
  • Mark Cribb – Oak Creek, WI
  • Gregory Deike – Ripon, WI
  • Joel Dietl – Franklin, WI
  • Gretchen Galstad – Sheboygan, WI
  • Eric Gibbons – Milwaukee, WI
  • Ken Hansen – Lake Geneva, WI
  • Lloyd Harter – LaCrosse, WI
  • Moriah Harter – Sparta, WI
  • Jim Hellvig – Altoona, IA
  • Tammy Hellvig – Altoona, IA
  • David Hoover – Rockford, IL
  • Dave Kuske – Butler, WI
  • Ian Jensen – Hartland, WI
  • JC Paul – Janesville, WI
  • Gabe Rafael – Freemont, CA
  • Kelii Sipin – West Allis, WI
  • Roger Tykac – Sheboygan, WI
  • Nick Wintergerst – Milwaukee, WI

Dragons Kung Fu – Guardian Tactical – North St. Paul, MN:

  • Mark Kamas – North St. Paul, MN
  • Patricia Dudas Kamas – North St. Paul, MN
  • Scott Danielson –┬áNew Richmond, WI
  • Eric Berentold – South St. Paul, MN
  • Scott Madson – St. Paul, MN
  • Timothy Langness – Lakeville, MN
  • Christen Marchio – Stillwater, MN
  • Charles Britz – Stillwater, MN
  • Tiffany Britz – Stillwater, MN
  • Daniel Romberg – Amery, WI
  • Patti Cudd – Woodbury, MN

Keumgang Martial Arts Academy:

  • Chris Flodstrom – Vernon Hills, IL
  • Michael Bolotnikov – Northbrook, IL
  • Kacper Kubiszewski – Buffalo Grove, IL
  • Raymond Platt – Grayslake, IL

Visayan Legacy Association – No. & So. CA:

  • Sonny Napial – Long Beach, CA
  • Henry Cabillon – Torrrence, CA
  • Connie Fidel – Dublin, CA
  • Ariel Gonzales – Torrence, CA
  • Dale del Reyes – Pleasant Hill, CA
  • Francis T.J. Serrano – Riverside County, CA

Italy Branch Directors

  • Attilio Acquistapace – Casorate Primo (Pavia)
  • Roberto Bonomelli – Sesto San Giovanni (Milano)
  • Andrea Citarelli – Frosinone

Level 2 Instructors

  • Daniela Bottini – Gaggiano (Milano)
  • Deborah Carravieri – Sesto San Giovanni (Milano)
  • Chiara Ercole – Livorno
  • Michele Montelatici – Livorno
  • Francesco Moro – Padova
  • Carlo Toia – Pogliano Milanese (Milano)
  • Luca Trovato – Sesto San Giovanni (Milano)

Level 1 Instructors

  • Massimiliano Aragiusto – Roma
  • Maurizio Arena – Acilia (Roma)
  • Fabio Bonciani – Firenze
  • Fabrizio Calabretta – Roma
  • Marco Carnio – Padova
  • Alessandro Colonnese – Roma
  • Marc Cristini – Sora (Frosinone)
  • Luca DiManno – Fondi (Latina)
  • Stefano Marotta – Marcallo con Casone (Milano)
  • Nicola Martorana – Carmagnola (Torino)
  • Pietro Dante Passeri – Frosinone
  • Maurizio Piva – Frosinone
  • Davide Puzzolo – Mestre (Venezia)
  • Flavio Russo – Napoli
  • Cristiano Sessi – Gualtieri (RE)
  • Andrea Solimei – Viadana (MN)
  • Manuel Terrinoni – Fiuggi (Frosinone)