Kathy & Alycia - NBC Anchors "Today in LA"

"It was an empowering experience for all of us…..we quickly learned, a woman's size plays little role.  It's about  gaining physical leverage, each of us gave it a shot....potentially  life saving skills, with a dash of FUN in the process!"

Mollie - Spirit Squad Director UCLA

"You  are officially the ladies' favorite instructor EVER! They could not  stop talking about you and everything they learned during your workshop.  Thank you for joining us and for doing such an incredible job during  the sessions. WHAT AN INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE! It is life-changing for  them! They feel empowered, confident, strong and excited with their new  training. Thank you, thank you, thank you! GO BRUINS!"

Olivia - Executive Director, LA Co Domestic Violence Council

"The  Self Defense demonstration was extremely useful with the simple methods  for women to use to effectively defend themselves against a sexual  assault or an attack.  The visual presentation was educational in the  fundamental ideals of awareness for individuals to be aware of their  surroundings, prevention of a dangerous situation, reduction and  avoidance of personal risks. Hard hitting physical techniques which are  simple in design yet powerful in delivery were presented by skilled  instructor Nelson Nio.  Real life scenarios provided for each technique  showed the relevance of their impact. We intend to continue to provide  this valuable instruction in the near future."

Jessica - L.A. County Office of Women's Health

"With  the terrible statistics documenting the epidemic of violence against  women, it is more important than ever for women to become empowered to  take an active role in their own safety.  Learning self-defense skills  is vital.  Nelson provides a valuable service to the community of women  by presenting an excellent interactive demonstration of basic  techniques.  His manner is very personable and professional and the 45  minute lunchtime class is highly popular - one attendee described it  as... awesome!"

Robin - Legal Commentator for CNN, Former LA County Deputy District Attorney

"Nelson  is passionate, dedicated, and extremely powerful speaker and teacher.  His style will easily put even the most difficult students at ease. It  has been an honor and pleasure working with such a fine man."


Barbara - FOX Studios

"Nelson  is a great asset to us here at 20th Century FOX. He kindly and respectfully taught us powerful self defense techniques. He is a  dedicated and patient teacher who gets right to the core of what  you need to know to level the playing field. He teaches powerful  techniques that every woman should be aware of. I am a student of Kung  Fu and I learned more about self defense in Nelson's class than I did  in my years of Kung Fu training. His techniques are practical, to the  point and are taught in a supportive environment. Nelson is a treasure."   


Leslie - Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy

"On  behalf of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, I would like to thank you  for a truly extraordinary assembly. The students and faculty were so  excited to learn the basics of self-defense and to hear such relevant  advice.  It was empowering to see how some of our very petite students  could break away from the grip, chokehold or embrace of an attacker.  We  very much hope to have you back to the hill again.  Thanks!"

Christy - Survivor's Art Circle Group

"I  wanted to express my gratitude for donating your time to empower the  Survivor's Art Circle group members with your phenomenal self-defense  program! Teaching this particular group self-defense in a safe,  non-jugemental manner is a difficult task that you executed with such  ease. Indeed you are wonderful at what you do and we are lucky to have  had you! You're a wonderful example of the huge difference one person  can make to stop sexual assault and domestic violence! Thank you again  for everything!" 

Clarissa - Private Group Student

"In  March 2008, I set up a self defense session with Nelson for a group of  my friends. It was one of the most illuminating and empowering  experiences and one that I would recommend to all women and  girls. Nelson was energetic, patient, personable and was able to adapt  the session based on our needs. For example, the youngest member in our  group was only 14 at the time and he made sure that he taught her skills  that were more applicable to her size. Highly recommended!"

Dr. Kathie - CEO Mathis & Associates, National Domestic Violence Expert

"Nelson Nio is a dedicated professional who has a passion for training women to  protect themselves against abuse, rape and other crimes. His passion  and energies are brought into the self-defense training he provides -  making them fun, informative and most of all, useful in self protection.  I have had the privilege of having Nelson and SHIELD Self-Defense at my  organization on several different occasions providing training to staff  and clients. I recommend Nelson to anyone wanting professional  self-defense instructor. He is caring and his trainings are fun!"

Lindsey - President, National Organization for Women (NOW) - Hollywood Chapter

"The  SHIELD Self-Defense program helps women protect AND empower themselves  by teaching skills that help keep women safe in everyday situations.   Nelson is an attentive instructor who focuses on the individual  strengths and needs of each student.  He is committed to empowering  women with the Shield program and beyond."

Kristen - FOX Entertainment Group

"Right  from the first class, we were immersed in drills that gave us first  hand experience about what it was like to be jolted (off balance) and  attacked.  No part of our bodies was safe; throat, hair, sneak  attacks from behind, being lifted off the ground.  All of these  scenarios sound terrifying.  Yet Nelson helped us to experience and free  ourselves from discomfort and anxiety.  This went far beyond mental  preparation.  My body quickly adapted to aggressive physical contact,  and instinctively “knew” how react in order to defend and free myself.   And how to turn the tables on an attacker.  No situation left me frozen  in fear or pain.  This was remarkable feeling for me!

I have been urging friends to take this incredible course.  The moves  are so basic, so easy.  This is the only self defense course that has  been so liberating for me.  Nelson deserves great praise for his  simple, enlightening techniques.  This man is a master of self defense.   And we are blessed that he has taken the time and shown such compassion  to reach out to women like myself.  Thank you for being such  an excellent teacher."