"Top 10 Self-Defense Schools in the United States- World Martial Arts Magazine"
Adult Street Tactics/Self-Defense Training
Vee-Arnis-Jujitsu The street is what we do.  Born and tested on the streets of New York City.  Used by numerous military special operations units, law enforcement agencies, security contractors, and average civilians from all over the world, the Vee-Arnis-Jitsu System is often called the "System of Systems," and is one of the original Mixed Martial Arts.  

All ranges of combat are covered in this unique approach to self-defense training.

This is the overall program that all of our Street Self-Defense Classes derive from.

Vee-Arnis-Jujitsu offers "the most complete and pragmatic approach to street self-defense available today."
- Black Belt Magazine

“#1 in Street Self Defense” - United Fighting Systems
Street Tactics Instructors
Shihan John L. Petrone
Chief Instructor 

Vee-Arnis-Jitsu Black Belt #19
7th Degree Black Belt, Vee-Arnis-Jitsu
Chief Instructor, The Defense Institute
Direct Student of Professor David James, Grandmaster of the Vee Arnis Jujitsu System. 
Western States Director of Vee Arnis Jujitsu System, based in Brooklyn, NY.
Chief Instructor/Co-Developer of the DICTATE Program
Xtreme Couture Certified Instructor
KFIT Master Kettlebell Instructor
TWIST Conditioning Instructor
Personal Protection Specialist for numerous celebrities and corporate executives.
Security Specialist (Bouncer) for numerous nightclubs in NYC.
Varsity Letter at the high school and collegiate levels in ice hockey, lacrosse, and soccer.
Professional Ice Hockey Player with affiliate teams of Washington Capitals, New Jersey Devils, 
and San Jose Sharks.

Action Martial Arts Hall of Honors "Excellence in Teaching Martial Arts"
USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame "Edged and Impact Weapons Instructor of the Year"
Budo Magazine's Hall of Fame "Self-Defense Instructor of the Year"
USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame "Jujitsu's Man of the Year"
Silver Induction into Keepers of the Torch Hall of Fame

Teaching Experience
Conducted numerous seminars for domestic violence organizations, including ACOVA and the Center for Domestic Violence in Pueblo and Colorado Springs, CO.
Conductor of seminars for The Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind.
Featured Self-Defense and Control Tactics Instructor at The Office of Law Enforcement and Technologies Mock Prison Riot.
Trainer of over 100 Military Units and Law Enforcement Agencies including US Special Forces Operational Detachments, US Special Operations Units, Palm Beach Co. Sheriff's Office, FL, El Paso Co. Sheriff's Office, CO, Ft. Carson Special Reaction Team, CO, 302nd Air Force Security Forces, 50th Security Forces, CO, Colorado Department of Corrections Academy Instructors and Special Operations Team, Georgia Department of Corrections, West Virginia Department of Corrections, and numerous others.
Sensei William Puryear
Vee-Arnis-Jitsu Black Belt #69
4th Degree Black Belt, Vee-Arnis-Jitsu
Owner Faithful Friends Animal Hospital/DVM
Sensei Jeannie Hazel-Destefano
Sensei Chris Burns
Sensei Mary Baros
Vee-Arnis-Jitsu Black Belt #85
3rd Degree Black Belt, Vee-Arnis-Jitsu
Coordinator of Interpreter Services/ASL Instructor at Pikes Peak Community College
Vee-Arnis-Jitsu Black Belt #
Law Enforcement Officer
Vee-Arnis-Jitsu Black Belt #119
2nd Degree Black Belt, Vee-Arnis-Jitsu
Xtreme Couture Certified Instructor
Office manager at Professionals in Dentistry
Sensei Eddie Waldrep
Vee-Arnis-Jitsu Black Belt #86
Grad Student at Kent State University
Some of our basic Street Tactics
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Sensei Walter Mack
Sensei S. Rincon
Vee-Arnis-Jitsu Black Belt #123
US Army, Ft Riley, KS
Vee-Arnis-Jitsu Black Belt #129
2nd Degree Black Belt, Vee-Arnis-Jitsu
Law Enforcement Officer
Sensei Clay Shuck
Vee-Arnis-Jitsu Black Belt #96
Deputy Manager of Recreation, South Suburban Parks and Recreation
Making sense of the street as nobody else can!
  • If you are learning to punch/kick/grapple you aren't learning self-defense, you are learning to fight.

  • If you are learning to block, you aren't learning how to defend yourself, your learning to become a victim.

  • If you aren't learning edged/impact weapons tactics​, your self-defense training is sorely lacking!


Sensei Sam Spencer
Vee-Arnis-Jitsu Black Belt #135
Xtreme Couture Certified Instructor
Utility Worker
*The above are the only representitives authorized by Shihan John Petrone and Professor David James to teach the concepts and tactics of the VAJ System.  Please contact us if you know of anyone making any claims to the contrary.
1-2-3 HIT ClassesSelf-Defense as simple as 1-2-3.  No program will get you more prepared for a real street encounter in a shorter period of time.  In 6 months you can have the skill set necessary to handle what ever may come your way.  Empty Hand Class focus on grab, shove, and striking attacks with empty hand responses.  Weapons Class is offensive edged and impact weapons tactics as well as weapon defenses.
Law Enforcement/Military/Security Personnel Only:  Passive Resistors, Active Resistors, and Active Aggressors, armed and unarmed, are dealt with in this class.  If you put your butt on the line to do your job you need to be enrolled in this class.

Knife Kombat Class:  "The blade is a tool, I am the weapon."  Lethal and non-lethal options when deploying an edged weapon and how to effectively implement those options.  Knife and empty hand defenses against the blade will also be covered.  

Vee-Arnis-Jitsu has been named one of the "Top 10 Knife Fighting Systems in the World" -Combat Knives Magazine.
VJitsu Class: Doing it old school.  The roots of the system.  Te's, Dimensions, Muggings, Stops, Etc...