Who We Are
Where we are based
Located in Dothan, AL, Defense USA has been transforming the minds of our students since 1998 The students we welcome to our training are open-minded and driven about trying something new. We instill confidence in our students, giving them the power to tackle real world problems.
Master Carl D. Stoldt
Carl D. Stoldt was born in Kentucky and has trained all over the world to enhance his training, including Canada and Germany.
Carl has obtained black belts in many different martial arts; a seventh degree in Wonjutsu, a seventh degree in one style of Taekwondo, a second degree in another style of Taekwondo, a first degree in Shotokan Karate, a first degree in Hapkido, and has trained in Wing Chun, Kung Fu, Brazilian Jujitsu, Ninjutsu, Boxing, Aikido, and Kyshojitsu (pressure point fighting).
In addition to his regular martial arts certifications, Carl was also certified by the American Council on Martial Arts (ACMA). The ACMA helps regulate martial arts instruction in the U.S. by making sure instructors that they actually recognize, have all the required certifications and backgrounds to teach. Currently there is a push for all martial art instructors to be certified by the ACMA to help control unqualified people from teaching unknowing students and risking serious injury to lack of proper training.
Carl has been a bouncer at several wild clubs before and knows what works. You get plenty of experience being a bald-headed, white guy at an all Jamaican club in Ft. Lauderdale! Bouncing at several rough bars and clubs for 4 years on-and-off also racks up quite the experience of street fighting and practical applications.
His experience in law enforcement, working in hostile prisons and patrolling the streets, has also given Carl plenty of incite to how criminals act and how to stay safe. Due to the nature of the job, it has even literally came down to life and death a several times.
With all of his touring of the tournament circuits, Carl has met and talked with many celebrities. Chuck Norris, Jean Claude Van Dame, Steven Seagal, the Power Ranger cast, and most of the WWE Wrestlers are just some of the many other celebrities he's met.
Carl is a member of many halls of Fame. The Black Belt Hall of Fame, Masters Hall of Fame, and Officials Hall of Fame to name a few.
As President of the World Wonjutsu Association, the governing body for all Wonjutsu instructors throughout the world, Carl is involved with martial arts and seminars all over the country.
Carl is one of the most known and respected martial arts teachers in the country. His unique and fun teaching style has led several churches, universities, law enforcement agencies, and private organizations to bring him in to teach seminars and speak at their events. As a matter of fact, some of the best, most effective, and most memorable self defense seminars and classes around the world have been taught by Carl.
When organizations bring in Carl and his team, they know they are not just getting a seminar to try to fill martial art classes by the local guy down the street. With this team, you get practical knowledge that has proven itself in many times over in real life and death situations on the streets and in some of the roughest prisons around.
Russell Conaway is a retired professional wrestler and has been a huge asset to Defense USA.
Like most professional wrestlers, Russell is a guy who is larger than life, but with a heart as big as he is. As big as he is, Russell ends up as getting thrown around quite a bit in our seminars to help show the effectiveness of the techniques.
But more than size alone, Russell also brings his wrestling knowledge and hold escapes active into our seminars as well.
Russell is a lifelong member of Gulf Coast Wrestling. Russell has over 25 years experience in professional wrestling and has held many championship belts.
More than just for show, Russell has been the Hardcore Champion for the SPW and the USA Title holder for the WFW.
We randomly have special guest instructors. Be well assured, if we have one, they are at the top of their game and have the credentials with it. Who knows who we will have next?