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Meet Zurriane

Entrepreneur, teacher, father, author, inventor, husband, and motivational "Driven" speaker

Zurriane Bennett is the creator of the acclaimed PSD program, or Positive Self Defense — a revolutionary and yet simple approach to the basic human need of self-defense and overall personal development.  He is a dynamic, interactive, informative, driven speaker.

Self-defense isn’t a martial art, sport, or a style, it’s a tactical response to violence. One that is designed to be simple, easy to learn and it shouldn’t take years to learn how to use.


This system has been shaped by insights gained in the military, law enforcement, and civilian business world. Mr. Bennett brings over thirty years of valuable experience in several areas, he has multiple martial arts black belts, medical holistic training to his holistic approach to his personal development, growth, and self-defense programs.


As a U.S. Marine and then a law enforcement officer, he has come face to face many times with real criminals and serious threats. Through these often-dangerous experiences, he honed his knowledge and application of realistic methods for protection and survival.


In a variety of real-world situations, Mr. Bennett has successfully helped others to reach various levels of success and shown them how to protect themselves mentally. This also too extends helping others against attackers who were often physically bigger and stronger than them. His ways of communicating with people are the real reason for his repeated success.

He has also had many years in the business world as a program manager, project manager, project supervisor, quality assurance professional, fire safety officer, occupational safety officer, subject matter expert, bouncer, instructor, creator, skip tracer, and entrepreneur.  He has managed several multi-million-dollar contracts and lead people.


His life’s work began as a journey of personal empowerment to overcome his obstacles. He began martial arts training as a child, and his skills would save him numerous times.


Born into poverty against the backdrop of racial tensions, Mr. Bennett has frequently witnessed crime, death, and everyday negativity during his upbringing and life. At one point his son was kidnapped at the age of 3, this was during the time when he was a single parent working two full-time jobs and going to school. He not only found and recovered his child he raised him into manhood. 

What could have been a story of surrender or destruction instead became life lessons and guided him to his vision of positive self-defense.  His practical approach to overcoming the ugliness, negativity, and dangers we can encounter in life.

Now happily married, and retired from active-duty military service, Mr. Bennett is continuing his passion for helping, serving, protecting others through his teaching and training.

All of his life experiences have led to PSD and his mission of helping others to stay positive and to protect themselves. As a mentor, self-defense expert and martial arts instructor with black belts in karate and jiu-jitsu, he has successfully trained people of all ages.

He has helped thousands of people civilians, military, and law enforcement personnel with focus, motivation, communications, leadership, confidence, government contract, goal setting, belief, and tactics. He has worked with business executives, on multiple areas like staffing concerns, safety, teamwork, motivation, networking, growth, etc.  Plus, martial artists in refining techniques, children on resisting aggression, men on empowerment, and women in rape defense, among other areas.

He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy.

His work and experiences have led to him writing 6 books, interviews, speaking events. He has been heard on radio, seen on television, and podcasts, in magazines, in books, and best of all, he has countless success stories.

List of Professional Experience

Real-life self-defense, martial arts, management, business, teaching, and leadership experiences have been at the foundation of Bennett’s work, which is geared toward success in his many occupations in his career.

Please see the list below for his professional history.

  • United States Marine Corps, Chief Warrant Officer retired

  • Law Enforcement Officer (NYC and Northern VA) - Former

  • Instructor of Karate 4 styles (highest sixth-degree black belt)

  • Instructor of Ju-Jutsu (black belts in three styles)

  • Sexual Assaults Victims Advocacy Service Volunteer Instructor

  • Occupational Safety & Health Officer (NYC) Dept of Corrections)

  • Defensive Tactics Instructor - Civilian/Law Enforcement

  • Personal Protection Trainer - Multiple organizations

  • Transportation Supervisor (Library of Congress)

  • Aircraft Fire Rescue & Fire Fighter (USMC)

  • Marine Expeditionary Officer (USMC)

  • Emergency Services Officer (USMC)

  • Professional Martial Arts Instructor

  • Certified GSA Vehicle Fleet Manage

  • Force Protection Officer (USMC)

  • Certified NLP Master Practitioner

  • Certified Strategic Life Coach

  • Personal Development Coach

  • Certified Holistic Practitioner

  • Subject Matter Expert (SME)

  • Program & Project Manager

  • TEDx Speaker & Presenter

  • Quality Assurance Officer 

  • Martial Arts School Owner 

  • Personal Fitness Instructor 

  • Self Defense Instructor

  • Fire Safety Officer

  • Bylaws Chairman

  • Sargent at Arms

  • Content Creator

  • Driven Speaker

  • U.S. Marine

  • Skip Tracer

  • Mediator 

  • Inventor

  • Bouncer

  • Author

Trust your intuition and success will follow. You are without question your greatest asset.

Zurriane Bennett

TEDx Speaker


always Keep it simple

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