Sid Tadrist

International Instructor SDS (Self Defence Strategy)


After more than three decades of teaching and hard daily training at the sides of the greatest Japanese legends of traditional Shotokan karate, Sid Tadrist sensei developed an expertise recently rewarded by his pars in Japan, with the title of Saïko Shihan (Supreme Karate Master Degree).

He is to this day, one of the few Westerners allowed to open a dojo for the teaching of traditional karate, at Yokohama, original country of this Martial Art and ardent defender of the Japanese traditions.

Concerned by the effectiveness of the Martial Art he teaches, Sid Tadrist has constantly showed his exceptional mastering in Karate’s ultimate application, combat, participating in many international competitions and obtaining an unambiguous prize list. 

His high level of practice, supported by personal research and a great knowledge of the anatomy and physiology, made it possible for him to sublimate the specificity of traditional Shotokan karate: explosivity, by creating his own school in London, the “Dynamic Karate Institute”.

He organises national and international seminars, courses and competitions worldwide.

He also is international supervisor and an instructor at the KWF (Karatenomichi World Federation), created and directed by the Master Mikio Yahara and gathering thousands of karateka around the world.

With a strict discipline and an art of living entirely devoted to karate, under the motto saying the best fight is the one you do not have to carry out, Sid Tadrist rather naturally directed his expertise and passion of the Budo towards the needs of the security industry, in particular Personal Security.

Experienced Bodyguard, instructor in physical intervention and conflict management, trained and internationally certified by PBA (Professional Bodyguard Association), Sid Tadrist developed many original techniques gathered under the name SDS, standing for “Self Defense Strategy”.

This method, composed of effective and relevant accessible techniques, is designed for the professionals of the security industry.

Professional Capacity

Karate Mastering

7th Dan black belt Karate
Saiko shihan (Karate Supreme Master)
A level international Instructor
A level international Examiner
A level international Referee
KWF Karatenomichi World Federation Great Britain Chief Instructor.
Authorized by Japan KWF HQ as Teacher and worldwide Examiner
Kukusai Karate Juku, Yokohama, Japan. Chief Instructor.
KWF HQ International Supervisor Europe.

The late Keinosuke ENOEDA sensei

The late Taiji KASE sensei

Hiroshi SHIRAI sensei

Takeishi NAITO sensei

Itoshi KASUYA sensei

Masao KAWASOE sensei

The late Idetaka NISHIYAMA sensei

Masahiko TANAKA sensei

Yoshiharu OSAKA sensei

Mikio YAHARA sensei

The late Tetsuhiko ASAI sensei

Keigo ABE sensei

Akihito ISAKA sensei

This is the order of the senseis that Sid Tadrist considers lucky to have met and trained with:

"The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory nor defeat,
but in the perfection of the character of its participants"

Gichin Funakoshi, founder of Karate-do

Gichin Funakoshi's 20 Precepts of Karate-Do
and how it applies to  Close Protection


1. Karate begins with courtesy and ends with courtesy.
    Politeness, courtesy and discretion is the first appearance of professionalism.

2. There is no first attack in Karate.
     Close protection must be preventive, ideally stealth.  A preemptive counter-strike shall only permit the tactical avoidance.

3. Karate is an aid to justice.
    Close Protection Operators must respect the laws and individual rights.

4. First control yourself before attempting to control others.
    Use in CP operation in order: 1, Brain – 2, Tongue – 3, Muscles.

5. Spirit first, technique second.
    The effective bodyguard has above all a proactive mindset before defensive techniques.

6. Always be ready to release your mind.
    The constant adaptability to different situations and threats requires an open mind.

7. Accidents arise from negligence.
    One key to success is self-confidence. One key to self-confidence is preparation (A. Ashe)

8. Do not think that Karate training is only in the dojo.
    The situation and threat awareness is continually cultivated in the mind.

9. It will take your entire life to learn Karate; there is no limit.
    The executive personal protection requires a lot of knowledge in many areas. Learning is infinite. 

10. Put your everyday living into Karate and you will find "Myo" (wisdom).
       Your skills should benefit yourself and your loved ones. They must become a second nature.

11. Karate is like boiling water. If you do not heat it constantly, it will cool.
       Your attention should be permanent. What kills in close protection is sagging by routine.

12. Do not think that you have to win, think rather that you do not have to lose.
      The life of your Principal is more important than the death of his enemy.

13. Victory depends on your ability to distinguish vulnerable points from invulnerable ones.
       Without proper identification and evaluation of threats, there can be no effective countermeasures.

14. The battle is according to how you move guarded and unguarded.
       The anticipation and avoidance of threats is the best protection.

15. Think of your hands and feet as swords.
       In each situation, use all the possibilities available to enhance protection.

16. When you leave home, think that you have numerous opponents waiting for you.
      It is your behaviour that invites trouble from them. Constant awareness and self-control are the keys in CP Operations.

17. Beginners must master low stance and posture, natural body positions are for the advanced.
      With the experience of protection, confidence builds and technique gives way to the natural ease.

18. Practising a kata is one thing, engaging in a real fight is another.
       The training and conflict management allow you appropriate answers, where rational overrides emotional.

19. Do not forget to correctly apply: strength and weakness of power, stretching and contraction of the body and slowness and speed of techniques.
       It's the same for escort which must be fluid like water, and moving somewhat predictable. Sometimes slow and relaxed, ready to           concentrate its dynamic forces to flee or fight.

20. Always think and devise ways to live the precepts every day.
      Always think and devise ways to live the precepts every day!