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APS Participant Testimonials

“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

"Be The Change You Want to See In the World."

Wife/mother/Personal Trainer/Ironman Competitor/Obstacle Course Racing Competitor

Kerry M.

In the middle of 2020, while training for an Ironman 70.3, I developed a serious health issue. Soon after that, I experienced a traumatic loss.

I had met Kaneda awhile before all of that and shared with him all that had been going on. He encouraged me to schedule a time to meet with him and I’m so glad I did. On my first visit we talked a bit and then I practiced mindful breathing which I had never done before and I struggled to do well.

Since then I have met with Kaneda weekly and I have learned so much. My breathing is much better and my awareness of my body and mind has improved immensely.

Kaneda has already taught me many the Art of Personal Safety techniques and is incredibly patient and calm while he instructs me. He has also taught me how to be aware of and avoid possible dangers that may be present in everyday life (work, shopping, gym, outdoor activities…) as well as how to defend myself when necessary.

I truly believe I have experienced healing and am experiencing better health everyday because of what I’ve learned to this date. I look forward to learning more and becoming a better and wiser version of myself. 

Doctor of Chiropractic /Husband/Father

Mike P.

I started sessions in The Art of Personal Safety a few months ago. In that short amount of time, I was surprised at how much I have already learned. In summary, I have learned how to prepare myself mentally, physically, and emotionally for the various threats of everyday life. Kaneda really has been a professional and knowledgeable instructor. Each session with him builds off the last, and allows you to become more proficient in the technique being taught. I plan on continuing The Art of Personal Safety with Kaneda, and highly recommend others to try it as well.

Mother and Information Technology Professional

Cass S.

Kaneda is a skilled martial arts practitioner who works with you at your level and motivates you to be better.

Kaneda has been a self defense instructor for many years. He is patient, understanding, and thoughtful with his instruction. When I didn’t think I had the skills to be successful, Kaneda provided me with encouragement to continue.

Kaneda sets high expectations for his students and will provide you with the tools to exceed them. He encourages an awareness of yourself that will benefit you in other areas of your life.

Each Art of Personal Safety session begins and ends with stretching and meditation. It grounds you in the moment and focuses the mind. The breathing exercises reduce stress levels and leave you feeling relaxed.

The Art of Personal Safety sessions offer welcoming, inclusive learning environment and are tailored to fit each student’s skill level.

The sessions taught me the importance of defining my boundaries and how to communicate those boundaries to others.

The sessions taught me skills to defend myself and reminded me to always be aware of my surroundings.

I was anxious about what to expect for my first session. Kaneda took the time to explain his philosophy and why he teaches the Art of Personal Safety. He focused on conditioning and then moved into different personal defense techniques. Kaneda’s teaching style promotes a calming atmosphere and fosters a supportive environment to learn. Each session ends with meditation which clears the mind, reduces anxiety, and refocuses your attention so that you can be present in the moment.

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Gloria A.

I have taken several classes with this instructor and was very impressed with his knowledge and passion for teaching his students. Not only did I learn how to defend myself, but the classes went beyond self defense by awakening in me a confidence to overcome not just physical battles, but an internal battle to stay focused on my goals and never give up.

I am very grateful to the instructor for these lessons and when you decide to take classes, you will not be disappointed.


Dixie L.

As soon as I found out about the Art of Personal Safety sessions, I was immediately interested. We live in a world of miscommunication, lies, and negativity. We have to question everything. Sometimes our own eyes even. In a place of so much uncertainty, I have found the opportunity, through the Art of Personal Safety sessions, to learn real Truth and Wisdom, and that is finding out who I really am.

Learning how to defend myself has always been important to me, and in these sessions, I not only learn how to protect myself physically, but I also learn to align myself mentally and emotionally too.

As a person who is constantly moving and always staying busy, I never took the time to relax, in fact I can confidently say now that I had no idea how to relax! I found this out 20 minutes into my first session. I sat in the lotus position and was taught how to breathe. I learned how to quiet my mind and use my senses to observe my surroundings. For the first time in my life, I actually felt relaxed! Mentally, emotionally, and physically. I was NOT expecting to have such an “AHA“/enlightening moment so quickly, and I was (and am) pleasantly surprised. I have been searching for that feeling and now I have found it. I am forever grateful for this.

Learning how to stretch and give my body the care it needs has increased my well being and balanced my energy. Why aren’t people taught this at a young age. Our world would be a much better place if everyone knew how to take care of themselves, know themselves, turn off the noise and just be! Not only would it be less chaotic but everyone would be healthier.

I love learning and this may be the greatest wisdom I’ve begun to obtain. In a short time I already feel so much stronger mentally, emotionally, physically, as well as calmer and relaxed. I am aware of things that I used to tune out. I actually take the time to care for myself now, and listen to my body. I look forward to re-training/re-programming old habits and continuing to learn everything I can about myself. It not only benefits me, but also my family and loved ones. I look forward to continuing this journey. I feel very fortunate that I have one place I can go to work on every part of myself. A place where the Truth is found.

Entrepreneur, Model, and College Student

Lutece B.

I’ve learned so much about Personal Safety. I used to think about personal safety as something that’s super complex. But once I learned the first rule of personal safety, “If you can avoid a potentially dangerous situation, do so.” Everything past that rule was ridiculously simple. The little things matter the most, and 3A’s is the most important methods of Personal Safety to me. Be Aware, Alert, and Attentive. I’ve gotten out of situation that could’ve escalated to my safety being at risk. Before I started taking the classes, I don’t know what I would’ve done…so I highly recommend taking this course.

College Student

Raymond B.

Art of Personal Safety is an amazing program that everyone should take part in, especially if you want to learn more about why personal safety/self defense is important along with proper techniques that you can use to defend yourself. Even if your big or small, this program will help guide you in the right direction. Highly recommend!!!

"Always Live in Awareness, Never in Fear."