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ABOUT US

We Equip you to stand strong

Triangle Self Defense Training is a martial arts, self-defense and firearms training company located in Durham, North Carolina.  Our team of professional instructors are dedicated to providing realistic, dynamic, and efficient self-defense training to our clients and their families.  We specialize in creating and delivering customized, personalized and unique private training packages for our clients.
Our Vision

Our Vision is to safeguard and enrich humanity by fostering a safer, more alert society for our children, loved ones and future generations to benefit from.

Our Core Values

Integrity First, Altruism over egotism, & Pursuit of excellence

Integrity First

Integrity First is our foremost core value, representing our perpetual allegiance to honorable performance and ethical conduct.  We will continue to operate with an unwavering dedication to serve and protect with integrity.

Altruism Over Egotism

Altruism Over Egotism is a critical component of our core values, expressing our humanitarian focused interest in the safety and protection of the good people of our society.  Humility over vanity is our standard of practice.

Pursuit of Excellence

Relentless Pursuit of Excellence describes the way we approach every aspect of our business operation and teaching philosophy.  Striving towards excellence ensures that we are constantly improving and always evolving. 
Our MODUS OPERANDI

Use what works and throw out the rest.

Our Approach

To effectively and efficiently defend yourself and your family from violent criminals and predators, you must not limit yourself to only one martial art system or combative style.

Our METHOD

Our methodology focuses on teaching principles over techniques while stressing the importance of training for the most plausible and likely situations before all else.

Our SYSTEM

We have developed a practical, comprehensive and reality-based approach to self-defense, that is based upon an array of effective and battle-tested combative arts.
“There are no superior martial arts, only superior martial artists."  —Bruce Lee

Our PROCESS

Explore new ideas and concepts.
Question instructors and trainers.
Absorb what is practical and useful.
Discard what's not practical or useful.
Test, train, experiment and implement.
Create and develop your own approach.


Our INSTRUCTORS

Elite trainers to equip you to stand strong

Stewart Edmiston

VETERAN INSTRUCTOR | DEFENSE SPECIALIST

self-defense, martial arts, firearms & weapons
As founder and lead instructor of Triangle Self Defense Training, Stewart is a self-defense specialist, certified firearms and concealed carry instructor, a home defense consultant and performance trainer with over fifteen active years of martial arts, self-defense and professional coaching experience. He was featured as a subject matter expert on Channel 11 News in Atlanta, and WNCN News in Raleigh-Durham. Stewart has developed a comprehensive and practical approach to self-defense that is reality-based and effective for all ages and experience levels. Stewart continues his evolution as an instructor, coach and martial artist through his training and coaching in Filipino Martial Arts, Modern Military Combatives, Muay Thai, Bruce Lee’s JKD, Kali, Silat, Submission Grappling, and Close Quarters Resistance Training.

Stewart currently teaches the N.C. Concealed Carry Certification Course approved by N.C. Department of Justice, and he is a certified NRA pistol instructor and NRA Range Safety Officer. Stewart and his company have also been hired by various companies to provide self-defense training to their executives and employees—some of these include: BB&T, Ryder Logistics, SAS, Ossur, EPA, North Carolina Women’s Business Center, North Carolina Real Estate Commission and Central Peidmont Community College. Stewart continues to devote his training and coaching efforts to ensuring his clients are well-equipped to resist violence, defend themselves and protect their families.
Stewart's Photos:
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D'Juan Owens

VETERAN INSTRUCTOR | pro fighter

self-defense, mma, kickboxing, submission grappling
D'Juan is a United States Marine Corps veteran, a Professional MMA Fighter, a Professional Kickboxer and Self-Defense Instructor. As one of the most accomplished and experienced MMA/Kickboxing Fighters in the Carolinas, D'Juan "Dirty South" is an XFC, Titan FC and Inca FC veteran, and has fought and competed around the country, and internationally. He has professional MMA wins over UFC veteran Dustin Pague, a UFC TUF contestant and Bellator MMA fighters.

D'Juan's passion lies in humanitarian service and social work. In addition to his service with Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Triangle and running the East Coast Chapter of the Hip-Hop Chess Federation, he founded an international non-profit called Fighting for Uganda.  On his most recent trip to Africa, in support of his organization Fighting For Uganda, D'Juan also taught MMA seminars for Lionheart MMA Initiative Africa and competed in an MMA match at Rise of Lions '17.   D'Juan continues his humanitarian efforts by traveling to various countries bi-yearly to teach self-defense empowerment seminars for combating gender-based violence.

D'Juan Owens

VETERAN INSTRUCTOR | PRO FIGHTER

self-defense, mma, kickboxing, submission grappling
D'Juan is a United States Marine Corps veteran, a Professional MMA Fighter, a Professional Kickboxer and Self-Defense Instructor. As one of the most accomplished and experienced MMA/Kickboxing Fighters in the Carolinas, D'Juan "Dirty South" is an XFC, Titan FC and Inca FC veteran, and has fought and competed around the country, and internationally. He has professional MMA wins over UFC veteran Dustin Pague, a UFC TUF contestant and Bellator MMA fighters.

D'Juan's passion lies in humanitarian service and social work. In addition to his service with Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Triangle and running the East Coast Chapter of the Hip-Hop Chess Federation, he founded an international non-profit called Fighting for Uganda.  On his most recent trip to Africa, in support of his organization Fighting For Uganda, D'Juan also taught MMA seminars for Lionheart MMA Initiative Africa and competed in an MMA match at Rise of Lions '17.   D'Juan continues his humanitarian efforts by traveling to various countries bi-yearly to teach self-defense empowerment seminars for combating gender-based violence.
D'Juan's Photos:
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JAYD HARRISON

FITNESS SPECIALIST | MARTIAL ARTIST

DEFENSE FITNESS, CARDIO COMBAT, STRENGTH & CONDITIONING
Jayd has been a lifelong athlete and has worked in the fitness industry since 2013.  Jayd began boxing in 2014, training under the two time U.S. Boxing Coach of the Year Derrick Reed. She has studied other martial arts including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, and Kali, and has studied self defense method and theory for over ten years.

Beyond martial arts, Jayd has also trained in mind-body fitness and wellness methods such as Yoga (certified instructor since 2016) and the WillPower Method (certified 2014).  She has also trained in gymnastics and parkour, weight training, cross training, conditioning and cross country running.  As a personal and group fitness trainer Jayd has had great success training others in her various areas of expertise.  Between 2015 and 2016,  she worked over 200 individuals to realize their strength and to improve their overall fitness and wellness.  Jayd works with a diverse clientele, spanning all ages and ability levels--from children to seniors, from beginners to athletes.  Whether you’re looking for mind-body wellness with yoga and meditation or intense athletic conditioning,  Jayd Harrison can train you to achieve your goals and improve your overall fitness and wellness.

SCOTT McCLURE

VETERAN instructor | firearms coach

concealed carry, advanced pistol, carbine & shotgun
Scott McClure has over 21 years of experience in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard.  He has spent most of his military career deploying globally with combat units on numerous missions to support both peacetime and wartime missions.  Scott's service includes two years of counter-drug operations in Columbia and Peru and a combat tour of duty in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.   As a civilian, Scott has continued his extensive experience in the firearms industry by working with high-level weapon and ammunition manufacturers.  He also has provided consultative and management services for firearm and tactical gear companies.

Scott provides FFL (Federal Firearm License) services for Triangle Self-Defense Training and is a licensed dealer with Emerson Knives.  The following are some of Scott firearm related certifications and experience: NRA Pistol Instructor, NRA Rifle Instructor, NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, NRA Home Safety Instructor, NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor, NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor, and has completed Combat Focus Shooting with Rob Pincus.

SCOTT McCLURE

VETERAN instructor | firearms coach

concealed carry, advanced pistol, carbine & shotgun
Scott McClure has over 21 years of experience in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard.  He has spent most of his military career deploying globally with combat units on numerous missions to support both peacetime and wartime missions.  Scott's service includes two years of counter-drug operations in Columbia and Peru and a combat tour of duty in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.   As a civilian, Scott has continued his extensive experience in the firearms industry by working with high-level weapon and ammunition manufacturers.  He also has provided consultative and management services for firearm and tactical gear companies.

Scott provides FFL (Federal Firearm License) services for Triangle Self-Defense Training and is a licensed dealer with Emerson Knives.  The following are some of Scott firearm related certifications and experience: NRA Pistol Instructor, NRA Rifle Instructor, NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, NRA Home Safety Instructor, NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor, NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor, and has completed Combat Focus Shooting with Rob Pincus.

Elijah Sacra

VETERAN instructor | wellness guru

functional movement, injury prehab/rehab, health coach
Elijah is a United States Marine Corps Veteran, a career health and wellness practitioner, trainer, and educator with twenty-three years of experience. He has worked extensively with private clients, executives, families, corporations, sports teams, the military and law enforcement. His services are targeted to the beginner all the way to the elite athlete. He has extensive experience working in concert with physicians, physical therapists, and special populations under clinical care.  Elijah and Stewart have partnered on many collaborative projects and continue working together to deliver high level training to veterans and athletes.

Elijah received his training and education from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the National Strength & Conditioning Association, Yoga Alliance, Cornell University’s Nutrition Program, the Institutive for Integrative Nutrition, MovNat, Functional Movement Systems, Burris Emotional Wellness Coaching, Dr. Mark Cheng’s Prehab-Rehab Program, Esther Gokhale’s 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back Program, and Concordia University’s Exercise Science & Kinesiology Program.  In 2009 Elijah parlayed 18 years of experience in the Health & wellness industry to become Founder & Executive Director of Warrior Wellness Solutions, A 501c3 nonprofit organization providing holistic and integrative health and wellness education and training to Wounded, Ill, and Injured Warriors and their caregivers.
Elijah's Photos:
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Elijah Sacra

VETERAN instructor | wellness guru

functional movement, injury prehab/rehab, health coach
Elijah is a United States Marine Corps Veteran, a career health and wellness practitioner, trainer, and educator with twenty-three years of experience. He has worked extensively with private clients, executives, families, corporations, sports teams, the military and law enforcement. His services are targeted to the beginner all the way to the elite athlete. He has extensive experience working in concert with physicians, physical therapists, and special populations under clinical care.  Elijah and Stewart have partnered on many collaborative projects and continue working together to deliver high level training to veterans and athletes.

Elijah received his training and education from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the National Strength & Conditioning Association, Yoga Alliance, Cornell University’s Nutrition Program, the Institutive for Integrative Nutrition, MovNat, Functional Movement Systems, Burris Emotional Wellness Coaching, Dr. Mark Cheng’s Prehab-Rehab Program, Esther Gokhale’s 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back Program, and Concordia University’s Exercise Science & Kinesiology Program.  In 2009 Elijah parlayed 18 years of experience in the Health & wellness industry to become Founder & Executive Director of Warrior Wellness Solutions, A 501c3 nonprofit organization providing holistic and integrative health and wellness education and training to Wounded, Ill, and Injured Warriors and their caregivers.
Elijah's Photos:
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Charles Smith

veteran instructor | weapons specialist

Firearms, edged weapons, tactical/medical/survival gear
Charles Smith has been a dedicated instructor with Triangle Self-Defense Training since it’s founding and continues to be an integral part the weapon training and firearms coaching staff.  He has over twenty years of shooting experience, is a certified NRA Pistol Instructor and is well-versed in firearm safety and fundamentals. Charles has trained privately with James Yeager of Tactical Response and has also taken their simunition gun fighting course “The Fight”.  He also trained with Suarez International, taking their Force of Force Pistol Gunfighting handgun course and has a background in Thai Boxing, Israeli Martial Arts and Combatives.  Charles produces high-quality custom Kydex holsters, magazine carriers,  sheaths and performs custom firearm stippling and frame modifications.

From a young age, Charles has been involved with firearms, hunting, weapons and survival tactics.  Charles is highly regarded for his extensive knowledge of tactical gear, firearms and knives.  He has extensive experience working in the security industry and has served as head of security for several formal establishments in Greenville, NC.  This life-long experience has allowed him to excel as an professional instructor and coach. Charles is dedicated to creating a safer world by teaching the safe, efficient, and intelligent use of firearms and weapons.
Charles' Photos:
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Charles Smith

veteran instructor | weapons specialist

Firearms, edged weapons, tactical/medical/survival gear
Charles Smith has been a dedicated instructor with Triangle Self-Defense Training since it’s founding and continues to be an integral part the weapon training and firearms coaching staff.  He has over twenty years of shooting experience, is a certified NRA Pistol Instructor and is well-versed in firearm safety and fundamentals. Charles has trained privately with James Yeager of Tactical Response and has also taken their simunition gun fighting course “The Fight”.  He also trained with Suarez International, taking their Force of Force Pistol Gunfighting handgun course and has a background in Thai Boxing, Israeli Martial Arts and Combatives.  Charles produces high-quality custom Kydex holsters, magazine carriers,  sheaths and performs custom firearm stippling and frame modifications.

From a young age, Charles has been involved with firearms, hunting, weapons and survival tactics.  Charles is highly regarded for his extensive knowledge of tactical gear, firearms and knives.  He has extensive experience working in the security industry and has served as head of security for several formal establishments in Greenville, NC.  This life-long experience has allowed him to excel as an professional instructor and coach. Charles is dedicated to creating a safer world by teaching the safe, efficient, and intelligent use of firearms and weapons.

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