Personal Safety, Self Defence

& Specialist Training


In 1991 Rob Willis founded the renowned PSP self defence and personal safety system that was delivered for schools and businesses across the UK for over 15 years, including being featured on National Radio and Television, along with the publishing of two books.


Over a hundred schools in Lancashire and Merseyside alone ran PSP courses, with countless more delivered in the Midlands, The South Coast, Wales and Scotland. Specialist corporate courses in Personal Safety and Conflict Resolution were delivered to a broad range of clients, including Borough Councils, Insurance Companies, Hospices, and also for the Crown Prosecution Service. A further specialist area was the delivery of personal safety and breakaway skills for clinical application, which were delivered for over ten years through Liverpool John Moores University and Edge Hill University School of Health Studies.

Programmes were based on years of experience in the martial arts, combined with extension research and knowledge obtained by Rob during his tenure as a Defensive Tactics Trainer for Cheshire Constabulary. All the West Lancs Academy seniors were involved in the project, with Steve, Hayley, Adam, Vicky and Dave all delivering sessions.

The first PSP book, “It Won’t Happen to Me” was published in 1996 by the Bluecoat Press and provided a full guide to personal safety and self defence, following closely the syllabus delivered to schools. The second book, “Maintaining Control” was published in 2000 by Hodder Arnold (Oxford University Press in the USA) and covered all aspects of Conflict Resolution, Breakaway Skills and Personal Safety for professional application. Both these books are still available through Amazon or, in limited numbers, from the club.


Whilst the PSP name has been dropped the West Lancs Academy continues to run a range of specialist courses for academic and professional application. The following training is available:

* Personal Safety and Self Defence

* Management of Violence and Aggression

* Conflict Resolution

* Breakaway Skills

* Anger Management


Programmes can be tailor made and structured to meet client requirements. Contact us for full details about the specialist courses available.


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