About Us

Institute of Defensive Methods was founded on September 1, 2008 by Sifu Cesar Olavarria and his wife, Wendy. Mr. Olavarria established this organization to help people understand and express themselves when the need arises to resolve conflict during a violent encounter. Because of this mission, Institute of Defensive Methods provides the highest quality in martial arts training and self-defense resolutions for the real world.
Our philosophy is based on a moral culture to eliminate conflict with a power that is rooted with humanity, justice and wisdom. It is our firm belief that through martial arts training: one can garner enough strength to become a guardian of justice, to help build a more peaceful world and to cultivate the human spirit toward the highest possible level.

“Sifu Tucci has been and always will be an Inspiration in my life.” -Cesar Olavarria.

Sifu Paul Vunak on the cover of BLACK BELT magazine.
“Sifu Paul has been instrumental in the development of IDM.”
-Cesar Olavarria

Bruce Lee

Dan Inosanto

Paul Vunak

Rick Tucci

Cesar Olavarria

Recent Blogs

Chi Sao

“Loy Lau Hoi Sung, Lut Sau Jik Chung.” This means: “Retain what’s coming in, send off what’s retreating; Rush in upon loss of hand contact.” The most important lesson of Chi Sao starts by understanding the Tao. The Tao teaches us to flow with life, as nothing can interfere with …

What If I Get Shot?

Since the Columbine High School Massacre of April 20, 1999, we have seen an increasing amount of Active Shooter Events across our nation. This era is perhaps the worst time in American History, where the young and old have a complete disregard for the value of human life.  Active shooter events …

The Survival Culture

The most unsecured way to live is when one does not know how to persevere when confronted with danger. Danger has many faces. How many times have we witnessed a burning building, a pedestrian struck by auto, or people suffering from a sudden diabetic stroke? More than we care to …


Contact info

"Knowing is not enough we must apply willing is not enough we must do"

335 West Side Ave

Jersey City,New Jersey

Telephone : 973-489-5511

Email: cesar@idmnj.com

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