Master Sensei Conrad Woodall

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Conrad Woodall, MAFP

Founder / Master Sensei

In December of 2017, Mr. Woodall retired from actively teaching at the school. The day to day operations are now overseen by Mr. and Mrs. Theo Schubert. Mr. Woodall also created and designed the R.E.C.O.V.E.R. model of therapeutic self-defense. Mr. Woodall has plans to continue offering seminars throughout the Pacific Northwest in addition to publishing a book on women’s self-defense. 

Mr. Woodall has a master’s degree in Forensic Psychology and a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. Mr. Woodall spent 10 years as a college professor. He taught courses in Criminal Justice, Psychology and Physical Education.  Conrad is a retired police officer for the City of Sacramento Police Department where he served 12 years as a patrol and field training officer. He is a certified law enforcement training instructor for Defensive Tactics, Weaponless Defense, and Ground Fighting. He has also studied various martial arts for over 29 years.

Mr. Woodall has appeared on TV and radio, and as a presenter to private companies, large corporations, and public/private schools as a personal safety expert. 

Under his operation, Woodall’s Self-Defense has become the premier school for practical, real-world self-defense skills. Conrad is deeply involved with local victim service agencies in both a preventative and therapeutic capacity.  Since 2007, Conrad and WSD have provided consistent educational training on socialization and gender issues that lead to victimization coupled with physical self-defense skills for both clients and staff of W.E.A.V.E. (Women Escaping a Violent Environment) in Sacramento County and for its Placer County counterpart, Stand Up Placer. 

As part of his graduate school work Conrad researched and developed a self defense based empowerment program designed to integrate with traditional therapeutic modalities for survivors of violence related trauma.  As a result he has been referred individual clients from victim service agencies, sex trafficking shelters and the UCD Medical Center Chronic Pain Clinic. Mr. Woodall has spent over 20 years working directly with trauma-based Post Traumatic Stress Disorder patients through his empowerment program. 

CEO: Retired  Woodall’s Self Defense
Won Yuen Fa: Founder
System 5 Combat Karate : 4th Degree Black Belt
Shaolin Kempo: 1st Degree Black Belt
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Blue Belt
Police Officer Standards and Training Instructor: Impact Weapons, Ground Fighting, Weaponless Defensive Tactics
Master’s Degree Forensic Psychology – American School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco
Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Philosophy – CSUS, Sacramento
Retired Police Officer for the city Sacramento California
Criminal Justice and Psychology Instructor at Heald College in Roseville, CA
 Adjunct Faculty at Sierra College in Roseville
Currently cross training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Wing Chun Kung Fu
 First Aid and C.P.R. Certified

Mr. Woodall has lectured and taught as a self-defense expert for the following organizations:

W.E.A.V.E. (Women Escaping A Violent Enviroment)

Courage House

UCD Chronic Pain Management Clinic

Elementary Schools

High Schools

Community Colleges

Church groups

Girl Scout


Private businesses

Local Law Enforcement Agencies

Stand Up Placer (formerly Peace for Families)

Saint John’s Shelter

Blue Shield Sacramento

State Farm Insurance


KPMG Accounting Sacramento

North Sacramento Family Resource Center

 NorCal Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Mr. Woodall has been featured by the following organizations :

Sacramento Bee

The Loomis News

The Auburn Journal

Black Belt Magazine

Channel 13 News

Sacramento Life and Style Magazine

Channel 31 Good Day Sacramento

KSEG (96. The Eagle)

KSSJ (94.7 Smooth Jazz)

KCTC (1320AM)

KDND (107.9 The End)

KWOD (106.5)