Brian is an exceptional instructor! He is very down to earth and addresses your questions with concise advisement. From the get go, you are in a very comfortable atmosphere. The facility has plenty of free parking space, the studio itself is very clean. Brian sets up an environment where you are welcomed by him and all students and you don’t need to feel intimidated by rank. You learn very quickly right away very useful skills and tools to survive in a variety of every day life situations (guns, knives, domestic, animals, bullies, ect.) without having to go through the traditional steps most defense classes make you do.
In addition to being able to defend yourself the first time you leave his classes, Progressive Combat Systems provides a unique approach to defense by considering the way our brains work naturally with our bodies. It also identifies for each individual (big, small, tall, large, old, young) which techniques are your best line of defense given your abilities to perform them. I highly recommend this establishment for ANYONE wanting to learn quickly and effectively how to defend yourself for any given situation.
I knew I had found what I was looking for
20 Years Experience Marine corps SOC & Law Enforcement
Progressive Combat Systems is not your typical/ traditional martial arts establishment or what I like to call cookie cutter schools. It is actual self defense. It is both practical and to the point. Easy and fun learning environment with a lot of experience from many other arts. I recently joined and I have over 20 years experience from my travels in the Marine corps SOC unit and as a Law Enforcement Officer. So if you are wanting to be prepared for real life situations I strongly recommend this.
Simple? Yes! Effective? For sure!
Brutal? Well yes, but we are talking about learning how to deal with potentially life threatening encounters here.
Over the years I’ve studied Karate, Jujitsu, Muay Thai, Systema and more recently Krav Maga and each has something unique to offer, but who has the time to learn several martial arts? The system Brian is teaching condenses the best, most effective techniques from a myriad of different martial arts into one system that gets right to the heart of the matter; namely – recognize the threat, deal with it, and get the hell out!
And if you’re thinking brutal self defense system must mean brutal training, then don’t worry; Brian’s classes are very safe, relaxed, and even fun! You won’t be going home covered in bruises, sporting a black eye, though what you will take with you every time is a little bit more knowledge and expertise that might one day help save your life!
Very Easy to Understand and Use
I took Tae Kwon Do for a year and they only teach me forms and techniques. I don’t think I can defend myself doing forms. I never felt that I was capable of defending myself if something bad ever happened to me.
But with Brian’s techniques I feel that if something bad ever happens to me now I’ll be prepared to defend myself.
Very easy to understand and use, I really liked the environment, I felt comfortable and safe the whole time. Brian is very professional, responsible and committed to his work. I will refer anyone to Brian as he really knows what he is doing and his classes are fun.
Informal Diverse Melting Pot of Excellence
Here at PCS JKD Your experience will be different from most martial arts schools. We are a lot more practical with a no BS approach or finish. Brian doesn’t only just teach us, he trains WITH us and observes and helps EVERYBODY with their own specific needs and limits. PCS is an informal diverse melting pot of every excellent aspect of a variety of martial art styles as well as our people here.
Brian Copeland’s self defense class is awesome!
I love this class because it’s based on how to react to real world danger that most of us are completely unprepared for. While I learned a lot, the program is surprisingly simple; no difficult moves that need a lot of strength or skill to do. Best of all, you can tell that Brian is truly passionate about it. His teaching is clear, concise and easy to follow. I’d pretty much recommend that EVERYONE learn these skills because you’ll never know when you’ll need them! Especially moms and daughters!
A gym that focuses on self defense for the real world. The methods are sensible with an instructor happy to help you perfect your technique and style. Excellent environment with fellow students who are all there to learn.
The instructor is clearly competent and can ably answer questions and not just with a “this is the style” but with an actual reason why something makes sense. This is a great place to learn how to protect yourself and others.
Also were able to help me with my shoulder pain which I cant be grateful enough for. Definitely recommend for anyone who wants to better themselves.
You have been the best teacher I have ever worked with, a natural
Brian Copeland is a great teacher, his knowledge of the many different forms of martial arts is unmatched by anyone. His classes are fun and exciting, he teaches in a way that inspires and excels, even the most inexperienced student can and will learn very fast.
You are Worth EVERY PENNY!
I am not influenced easily. I am however very impressed with your approach to both self defense and also body health. You are worth every penny! For five years, my back always felt tight and sore. Doctors advised back surgery. Brian took interest in my back pain and worked with me on mobility drills targeting my lower back. I AM PAIN FREE! I did not expect my chronic pain to go away, but it did.
Plus, my confidence is up for self defense.
Brian helps his students grow not just in martial arts, but also in having the ability to use critical thinking skills in any and I mean any situation.
U da man!
Progressive Combat Systems is the place!
I started going to Progressive Combat Systems 2 years ago and it has added to my knowledge of the martial arts. Paul Vunak’s twist to JKD that has been passed on to Brian is straight forward and very effective! Brian is an extremely laid back, knowledgeable, and helpful instructor which makes for a learning environment that is stress free.
This is where I was also introduced to Z-Health which is also extremely beneficial! I’ve been experiencing numbness in my right arm and hand. Brian coached me through a few exercises to free up the pinched nerve. And after 5 minutes I noticed a very big difference in my right arm and hand! And I continue to notice improvements in my arm. So if you are looking for some martial arts training that is effective and efficient Progressive Combat Systems is the place!
Awesome class! Awesome people!
I’ve been attending Brian’s classes for about nine months now and love it! I began attending the Wednesday night JKD class and have to say the group is awesome! The other students are friendly, helpful, good people. Brian’s approach to coaching is very refreshing, practical and realistic. I have learned a great deal from Brian and feel confident in the ability to defend myself if needed. Nutrition and fitness are other areas Brian has exceptional knowledge in, he has taught me a lot in those areas as well and I feel the effects in my well being. I look forward to the class every week, it is honestly a highlight of my week. I would encourage anyone who may have even a subtle interest to give it try.
I’m going to send my wife.
I have always thought that I could take care of myself in any situation. But after taking only two courses of Brian’s self defense/Martial Arts training. I now know I would be slaughtered going up against a few thugs or anyone who knows how to fight.
The courses are in a private studio, so you are going to feel like you’re in a safe, friendly environment, Brian I would say has to be one of the best teachers/personal trainers I have ever been to. He will personally answer any question for you no matter how crazy or silly it is (so you won’t feel left behind).
This class has been very informative. Brian is knowledgeable in training you physically in any situation, (from a drunken friend to a group of thugs with weapons) not only does he show you physical motions, he helps you mentally, and when your head is in the game, you can get out safely. After I complete a few more classes, I’m going to send my wife.
There is NOTHING Like this Place Around
If you are looking for outstanding self defense and overall athletic instruction by an extremely knowledgeable and gifted teacher in a very stress free environment with friendly and helpful students then this is the place.
After decades of martial arts and athletic training I can say, without hesitation that this school is light years ahead of any other by every measure. This is self defense training for the real world and it is taught clearly and efficiently. While athleticism and self defense skills are built from the ground up, at the same time the skill comes much faster than at anywhere else I have ever trained. Because the training is so well organized and thought out and is presented in a very low stress atmosphere, it is easier to grow in skill exponentially and consistently.
I see movement in a radically different way than I ever did before and also my movement has become much more efficient as a result of training at PCS. There is nothing remotely like this anywhere I have been. After decades of training prior to coming to this school I had little confidence in my athletic or self defense skills. After a few months at PCS my athleticism and self defense skill sets have improved more than they did after decades training anywhere else.
On top of all that the training is fun and enjoyable. If you want training that is practical, no-nonsense and fun with an extremely knowledgeable and talented instructor and working with some of the greatest folks you’ll ever meet, this is the place to go.