Ashley | Saskatoon
“I’ve had the privilege of learning from Pat, during a private self-defense training session while he was posted to Saskatoon with the military.
Pat is an amazing and gifted instructor – he is incredibly knowledgeable and proficient in multiple areas, and has an excellent style of sharing his knowledge and experience while mentoring his student. Pat’s innate ability to motivate a student, adds to the positive environment he creates when teaching. Pat has an extremely approachable demeanor, he is patient, kind and caring – as Pat’s student I felt that he genuinely cared about my personal success in learning self-defense techniques.
Pat’s attention to detail is remarkable. He custom tailored my program to suit my personal needs, and every time I trained. I felt that he paid close attention to every detail of my training program, to ensure that I was progressing and reaching my full potential every step along the way.
I found Pat’s instruction to be crystal clear, and appreciated his pace of teaching, and his openness to my questions about training. He appears to have an extraordinary ability to read his student, coupled with an instinctive awareness of what his student needs.
Before I started training with Pat, I felt defenseless as a young woman, and extremely physically vulnerable. After beginning self-defense sessions with Pat, I began to feel a sense of empowerment, as my fear of feeling defenseless and physically vulnerable slowly disappeared. In every session, he shared a wealth of knowledge with me, and after every session, I walked away with an overwhelming and positive feeling of empowerment.
Today, I feel stronger and more empowered than I ever have in my entire life. Learning self–defense from Pat through private training session has been one of the best action choices I have ever made. I am very grateful for the all of the invaluable skills that I have learned. I feel extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to learn from Pat, and I deeply appreciate the profound impact that his instruction has had on my life.
Pat’s commitment to student success is inimitable. I highly recommend training with him – any person who has the opportunity to learn from Pat will be better off for it.”
Rocio Benalcazar | Ontario
“I first met Pat on one of my courses with the military: I truly feel I was lucky to have had him as an instructor. He immediately made me feel at ease and I knew right away I was in good hands. His composure and demeanor were very professional; his leadership qualities were evident to us right at the offset. I appreciated the way in which Pat was able to understand and relate to people from different cultures, we all felt as if he was one of our own. Pat possesses excellent communication skills. His instructions were clear and straight forward, his words encouraged and motivated us, it made us want to give it all we had!
His teaching style is stern, but professional the learning experience is accentuated by the fact that Pat has lived and breathed what he teaches. He doesn’t just talk and talk, but has walked the walk! Thank you, Pat. Thank you for being an excellent instructor, for helping me succeed, but most of all; for sharing your friendship with me. Cheers my friend!”
Dan | Ottawa
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 offered 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 , 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 that December 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 conversation, 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, and the way he carries himself on a daily basis, people are drawn to him and 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”.
Zereena | Australia
“I met Pat when I attended his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class on holiday in Saskatoon while he was serving in the military. I was immediately impressed by his approachable nature, easy to follow and understand teaching manner which is balanced by his technical ability and wrestling experience.
He creates a wonderful learning culture in his class of helpful participation and ‘no ego’ amongst the students. His passion for self-defenset and teaching is mirrored by the passion his student demonstrates on the mats.”
Anthony | Geographic Information Systems Technician Ottawa, ON.
“The first time in the pool I was pretty nervous. I was never a very confident swimmer and I had not been swimming in a number of years. At first I couldn’t even dive in to get the brick during the dive drill portion. At the end of the first lesson, after being shown some simple techniques. I was diving better than I ever had in my life.
The Water Confidence/Conditioning Program increased my cardio and strength faster than any other technique I have tried. We were classmates while attending school together in the military and Pat always went beyond expectations to help share skills.
Thanks to the training and skills that I learned with the instructors at UNIK SKILLS, I always try to challenge myself in new ways to get the maximum out of my time spent training in the water.”
Shane | Ottawa, ON.
“I had the opportunity recently to work with Pat and his staff during a martial arts training camp. The skill set he and his team taught and applied with us was priceless. We learned various outdoor and real situation skills that apply to real world situations and team building
He took the time out of his busy schedule to come offer the training to our martial arts group and did not even charge us for his time. It is clear that he is interested in helping people.
I would recommend him to anyone seeking an amazing outdoor and valuable experience.”