Jason Hart – Program Director
Holding a first-degree black belt in Japanese Martial Arts, Jason has created Basic Instinct to provide tools for women faced with the threat of physical violence. Having grown up a minority in his community, Jason has never been a stranger to the threat of physical violence. Studying martial arts has given him a deep appreciation for the fragile nature of life and the importance of its preservation. In creating Basic Instinct, Jason recognized that not everyone wants or has time to learn the intricacies of martial arts. Therefore, he designed a program that could realistically teach something women could learn in a short amount of time.
To address the high statistics of violent crimes against women, Jason has been building a coalition of seasoned experts in the Los Angeles area who are willing to teach an abridged version of what many martial artists spend their whole lives cultivating. Basic Instinct is a stripped-down, nuts-and-bolts lesson to understand the psychology of predators, to trust our own inherent instincts, and ultimately to prepare for physical attack should all else fail.
Jason holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Rochester, New York, and a teaching degree from Cal State Teach. He has worked with re-educating incarcerated juvenile youth through the Los Angeles County Office of Education..
Tim Brown – Tactical Instructor
Basic Instinct teaches students how to use self protection skills that are inherent in all of us. We feel these skills have been partially dulled by the distractions of our modern society, and partially from a lack of practice. Basic Instinct draws its curriculum from war art tactics seen in both modern and ancient combat. These war tactics cultivate advantage by not “fighting” or trying to over-power an assailant. Instead, we teach students to take advantage of an attacker’s balance by employing structure and body weight, not pure stength or pain compliance. Therefore, ALL women can learn these self protection skills regardless of height, weight, or strength. Students learn high value targets that will cause ANY assailant to reconsider their intention and buy time to end or escape a violent conflict. The physical skills taught here are brutal, and should be. Your life is worth defending, and Basic Instinct will train you how to effectively preserve it, and the life of your loved ones.
Eric Hill – Tactical Instructor
Eric began his exploration of martial arts at a very early age under the influence and guidance of his father, a Vietnam veteran with the US Marine Corps. He began formally training in traditional martial arts in 1995 and currently holds a fourth-degree black belt in Japanese Martial Arts. Throughout his career as a martial arts instructor, Eric has worked with civilians, law enforcement, and military personnel. He has also worked extensively as a Private Investigator and trained with the Los Angeles Police Department.
Eric holds an Associates degree in business, a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, and also works with visually-impaired students for the Los Angeles Unified School District.
“I believe nature has given us all the tools we need to survive. My job is to help people recognize and trust those tools.”
Jeff Lewis – Tactical Instructor
Jeff has an eclectic background in martial arts that include Tae Kwon Do, Shaolin Kung Fu and Budo Taijutsu. He has worked and trained with the US military, local law enforcement, and international security companies. He currently teaches at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and is the resident Fight Choreographer for the Hollywood Repertory Theatre. Jeff’s focus is finding efficiency of body and mind when danger presents itself.