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Experience

Steve has years of experience in media, martial arts, women's safety and law enforcement.

Media

Kardian has served as a women's safety, security and law enforcement consultant for Inside Edition, Fox & Friends, Fox News (America's News Room), Fox News (Real Story), CNN, HLN, Nancy Grace, Dr. Drew, Jane Velez-Mitchell, HLN Morning Express, News Now, The Morning Show, CBS, NBC, ABC, The Meredith Vieira Show, Men's Journal, the New York Times, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Women's Day, All About You Magazine, Best Life Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, America Survival Guide, Details Magazine, Omega Life Systems Magazine, AARP Magazine and Sports Illustrated.

Law Enforcement

Steve Kardian is an American career law enforcement officer, detective, sergeant, chief criminal investigator, and contractor for the United States Marshals Service, who specializes in crime prevention and risk reduction for women's safety.
Kardian began training police officers on Defensive Tactics in 1980 when he was recruited by an instructor at the Conn Municipal Police Academy to train part-time Police Officers. Kardian has taught international, federal, state, county and local law enforcement officers across the United States and in Europe, where he has taught Jiu-Jitsu, certified instructors for women's self-defense, and set up law enforcement training for police officers in Ireland and England.

Self Defense

Kardian is a certified New York State and FBI defensive tactics instructor and served as the Chief Criminal Investigator with the New York Department of Instigations. He holds the rank of 3rd degree Black Belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, a martial art which also honors Kardian with the title of professor. Kardian also has a black belt in Kyokushin Karate, is a Muay Thai Kick Boxing coach, and serves as Associate Instructor under world shoot fighting world champion and MMA coach Erik Paulson.
He is a state-certified general defensive topics instructor, including T.A.S.E.R., chemical weapons, pepper spray, use of force, baton, and radar/laser certifications.

Organizations

Steve's self defense organizations.

Women's Self Defense Institute

Sexual Assault Prevention

Defend University

Self Defense Research and Development

Less Than Lethal

Non-Lethal Police Tatics

About Steve

Milestones from the life of Steve Kardian.

  • 1980

    Defensive Tactics Instructor

    Kardian began training police officers on Defensive Tactics in 1980 when he was recruited by an instructor at the Conn Municipal Police Academy to train part-time Police Officers.

  • 1990

    Defend University is Born

    Kardian started Defend University in Phoenix, AZ in the early 1990s with his partner, Brad Parker. Parker was approached by a group of female survivors of assault (including sexual assault, domestic violence, and kidnapping) requesting self-defense training.

  • 1995-2007

    Westchester County Senior Defensive Tactics Instructor

    Kardian worked at the Westchester County Police Academy as a senior Defensive Tactics Instructor from 1995 to 2007, teaching defensive tactics, interactive skills, and how to become an effective force supervisor, among other subjects.

  • 2014

    Receives 3rd Degree Black Belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

    After training martial arts since a teenager, Steve received the rank of 3rd degree Black Belt in Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a martial art which also honors Kardian with the title of professor.

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