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 that needs to be simple, easy to learn and shouldn’t take years to master.


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, 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, and entrepreneur.  Managing several multi-million dollar contracts.


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 frequently witnessed crime, death and everyday negativity in his upbringing. At one point his son was kidnapped as a baby, 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 his vision of positive self-defense, a practical approach to overcoming the ugliness, and dangers we can encounter in life.


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


His work has led to books, interviews, speaking events, and best of all, countless success stories.


List of Professional Experience

Real-life self-defense, martial arts, and business 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 Corrections)

  • Defensive Tactics Instructor - Civilian/Law Enforcement

  • Personal Protection Trainer - Multiple organizations

  • Aircraft Fire Rescue & Fire Fighter (USMC)

  • Emergency Services Officer (USMC)

  • Force Protection Officer (USMC)

  • Marine Expeditionary Officer (USMC)

  • Personal Development Coach

  • Subject Matter Expert (SME)

  • Program & Project Manager

  • Quality Assurance Officer 

  • Fire Safety Officer

  • Driven Speaker

  • U.S. Marine

  • Mediator 

  • Inventor

  • Author

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

Zurriane Bennett

always Keep it simple