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!"

Belinda - Summer Camp mom

"The topics discussed and skills they learned are crucial for their upcoming years in middle school and beyond. 

You and your staff have a very important job and you all do it with grace, humility, and intelligence. I will be recommending you to all our friends. Keep up the good work!"

~ Belinda

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."


Carolina - After School Program mom

I have to say that SHIELD women’s self defense after school program and the summer camp helped Liana gain so much confidence. It was really the best thing for her.  

She is really a different little girl. She is thriving in her new school and is not being bullied like she used to be.  

Her confidence and ability to speak up for herself are skills she learned at SHIELD and she has not forgotten the skills she was taught.  We miss you a lot.


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-judgmental 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..."