I originally met Pat when I was posted to Ottawa, he always presented himself as a very professional, and very humble individual. It came as no surprise to find out that he opened a club that offers such quality self-defense. I was originally diagnosed with PTSD in 2014. After accepting that I was going to be carrying this weight on my shoulders, I tried everything that was suggested as a way to cope with this ailment. Medication, therapy, exercise, nature walks, but nothing seemed to help in a way that was long lasting. I’d feel in control for short periods at a time, until the depression took over, I needed something else, something that worked. In the spring of 2016 I heard of a club in town that offers Krav Maga, BJJ, and Muay Thai,(Krav Maga something that I’ve always been interested in). Before trying a class of Krav, I thought it was best to discuss it with someone who is an expert in dealing with PTSD. I was told flat out that I wouldn’t be able do it, I’d snap, I’d lash out and hurt people, I’d be triggered…this response came as a surprise to me. I thought I had found a way to channel this hyper-vigilance in a safe way, without suppressing what feels natural to me. If I “flip-out”, so what? The people I’d be lashing out at are highly trained individuals who can subdue me in heart-beat, I never recognized myself as a threat to anyone. The only response that came to mind were words that I’ve come to repeat on a weekly basis; “What better way to control aggression, than through controlled aggression?”. People usually understand, and accept that Krav Maga is the best coping mechanism for me. It wasn’t until December of 2016 that I worked up the courage to step foot on the mats, after 9 months of convincing myself not to go, mainly anxiety, I finally approached Pat. 10 minutes into the first class, I was shown the very basics (how to stand, how to block), and I was hooked. I’ve finally found an outlet where it’s acceptable to be aggressive, it’s encouraged to be hyper-vigilant, and it’s helped me control the extra adrenaline I have. When Pat teaches a class, and the way he carries himself on a daily basis, people are drawn to him, the want to listen to what he has to say, he’s authentic, he’s a natural leader, and he wants to help. I thought I found a good outlet to “take the edge off”, but what I actually found was the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I found an effective way of dealing with PTSD. I’m 40 pounds lighter, I my joints aren’t sore anymore, and I’m in the best shape of my life. I highly recommend Unik Skills to anybody, especially those who carry a burden similar to my own. Trust me, it works. Thank you, Pat, for helping me crush it, and take control of the situation. “Together we shall conquer”.
Dan – Kingston, ON. 2018