Sensei John Borter
John Borter is the head instructor of the Modern Self-Defense Academy and the founder of Modern Self-Defense Concepts.
The "Concepts" system is an integrated method of training adapting elements, principles, and concepts from a number of martial arts and self-defense systems, most notably JKD, the Filipino martial arts, Small Circle Jujitsu, Kyusho-Jitsu pressure points, and the advanced principles of Genri Ryu. Focusing primarily on takedown and control, the Concepts approach is ideal for police, military, security, and civilian self-defense.
With more than 20 years in the martial arts, John Borter holds a 6th Degree blackbelt and the title of Kyoshi (or Professor) in the martial arts. He holds blackbelts in Modern Jujitsu, Small Circle Jujitsu, US Jujitsu, Hapkido, Tae Kwon Do, and Kyusho-Jitsu, and has extensive experience in other styles and systems. He also holds certification in Filipino and Chi-Na locking principles.
Known for his dynamic, fast, and flowing joint locking techniques, Sensei Borter teaches his unique system extensively to martial arts schools, civilian self-defense classes, and military, security, and law enforcement personnel. He is widely known for his popular and fun seminars on Functional Trapping and Locking, Dynamic Micro-Locking, and Pressure Point Self-Defense seminars. He is the head instructor of the Modern Self-Defense Academy in Albany, NY and the Jujitsu School of Self-Defense in Saratoga Springs, NY.
With Instructor Certifications in Military Combatives, Police Defensive Tactics, and Tactical Security and Executive Protection, he is an internationally recognized and highly coveted Self-Defense Instructor and teaches self-defense seminars and martial arts courses world-wide.
He is the Director and head instructor of the PressurePoint Self-Defense and PressurePoint Defensive Tactics systems, utilizing pressure points and joint manipulation for effective self protection. Both systems have been widely taught to civilians, professionals, law enforcement, and military personnel. He also offers courses to law enforcement and civilians in the use of the Key-Baton Self-Defense Keychain, and is the Director of the ABC Women s Self-Defense Program and the ABC Child Safety and Awareness Program.
He was inducted into the 1997 World Martial Arts Hall of Fame in recognition for Outstanding Contributions to the Martial Arts, and named 2005 Jujitsu Instructor of the Year and 2007 Master Instructor of the Year, and 2011 Weapons Instructor of the Year. He is a member in good standing of numerous martial arts and self-defense organizations.