Reality Defense Training Mission Statement

“Reality Defense Training is focused on the creation and execution of teaching the finest survival based self defense program, using curriculum based teaching methods, designed to bestow each student with the best personal survival program possible to enable them to survive when the unthinkable happens.”


Why are we different?

Our approach at Reality Defense Training (RDT) is specific to survival-based (reality) self-defense with an emphasis on “Adrenal Stress Fear Management” applications. We operate a full-time facility in Scottsdale, AZ with nine instructors.  Troy Coe, Founder of Reality Defense Training (RDT), has been teaching “martial science” for over 35 years (his bio can be found here:

RDT has been a full-time teaching facility for 25 years. We offer both male and female oriented classes, including focuses on Hand-to-Hand (HTH), Knife/Stick, and Firearms.  The instructor team is well versed in practical self-defense with an emphasis on no-rules survival-based self-defense. We do not teach or train MMA/UFC oriented sport “self-defense”.  Not only do we focus on practical techniques, but we also put an emphasis on scenario-based training to develop awareness and to teach confrontation management and adrenal stress management. Without scenario based context, students are nothing more than choreographed dancers.  Because most people are never exposed to real-world scenarios and never put into a stressful encounter before having to perform a technique, let alone having to fully defend themselves, they fail at defending themselves. Most people, when faced with fear and adrenaline, are not able to defend themselves the first time they are put into a training scenario.  It is only through scenario-based training that people actually learn how to defend themselves.  Repetitive technique training is simply not enough.




What is it really?

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Unarmed Combat:

Why Learn It?

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Never EVER speak to the Police under ANY circumstances –>

Mixed Martial Arts

Is it the right choice for self defense?

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Which one is the most dangerous?

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“As you know Police Officers tend to be very critical.  I have received nothing but positive feedback from members of the team, here are a few quotes from the members.”

“I thought the training was very good and very real.  It answered questions that I had about “what if….” And cleared some things up for me as a newer Tac officer.”

“For what it’s worth that was the best training I have had in a long time.  Thank you.”

“We appreciate the dedication that you have shown to your craft and the quality of instruction you provided.”


Lieutenant Michael Self

Special Assignment Unit Commander, City of Peoria Police Department

Dear Mr. Coe

“We wanted to thank you for your presentation “A Reality Check for Seniors’ Safety to our congregation…

Everyone at your presentation Wednesday evening has now moved to “Condition Yellow” of awareness and is betterpreparedto stay alert and assess his or her surroundings…

your presentation was thoughtful, lively, and informative and we would definitely have you back for a future date with us.”


Gene Hersrud

Lay Director of Spiritual Life, American Lutheran Church of Sun City

Yesterday our family attended the women’s Fast & Ferocious, 5-hour class at Reality Defense Training with Kristie Sharp. The class was informative and well organized. Kristie provided us with an explanation of the mindset, essential strategies and key target areas needed to increase the chances of surviving an unexpected, hostile attack. The hands-on application, exercises and scenarios allowed us to experience what it could possibly feel like being attacked, executing the survival skills we learned in class. By the end of the class, our 17-year-old was fully engaged and enthusiastic about the program. She told us that this class should be taught in HS physical education classes. This is a must attend class for women of all ages. What you learn may save your life one day.

Sharon S

Mom, Family


  1. The University of Arizona Army ROTC program had the opportunity to conduct training with Troy Coe.  During this training cadets learned numerous innovative and effective techniques for self-defense.  Mr. Coe is an outstanding instructor who was able to teach over 50 cadets on how to defend themselves.  Both cadre and cadets were highly impressed with Mr. Coe and stated that his class was one of the best training events ever.  As college students and future officers it is imperative that cadets learn how to conduct self-defense. Mr. Coe’s classes give his students the abilities and the mindset to overcome any situation.
  2. Reality Defense Training would be an asset to any military or civilian organization. Mr. Coe builds esprit d’ corps, personal confidence, and tactical ability.  I highly recommend Troy Coe and his training.
Mark Jones LTC, AR

Professor of Military Science, Department of the Army

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