" Failing to plan is planning to fail "---- Benjamin Franklin



Founder of Never Surrender Self Defense


Mike Austin, founder of Never Surrender Self-Defense, is a decorated police officer and is highly respected in his field. As someone who has actually lived through the situations he describes and discusses with clients, there is no one more qualified than Mike to teach self-defense.

Not only did Mike survive countless life-threatening situations due to his line of work, he dominated the encounters. He knows the effects of fight or flight first hand, and he knows the importance of having a winning mindset. The truth is Mike has actually faced the things most instructors have only heard about.
This is what makes Never Surrender and Mike Austin the go-to experts in the field.

To paint more of a picture of who Mike is: he has a strong back ground in street survival tactics and combat shooting. He has trained in close quarters combat and martial arts for over 20 years and teaches seminars all over the country. He has faced violent criminals and actual murderers on the street. He has fought multiple attackers at once, disarmed subjects with knives, guns, countless other improvised weapons, and he has received multiple letters of commendation.

Mike was appointed to the board of directors of AWSDA (American Women’s Self-Defense Association), a non-profit 501C3. Mike was instrumental in the creation of the national rape prevention certification program, and continues to train regional representatives.

Mike graduated from Montgomery County Police Academy with a 4.0 GPA and is certified by the NJ College & University Public Safety Association. Mike has also written articles, been sought out for his expertise in the field, and has been quoted in multiple national publications.

Certifications include:

  • Unarmed Combat Level 10 Black Belt Instructor
  • First Degree Black Belt in Close Quarters Combat
  • Pepper spray
  • ASP baton
  • Officer safety conflict resolution
  • American combat grappling
  • Scientific Fighting Congress International Combat Instructors Level 3 advanced instructor
  • Pressure Point Control Tactics
Other training includes:

  • Kali
  • Silat
  • Jun Fan
  • Jeet Kune Do
  • Combat grappling
  • Muay Thai kick boxing
  • Hock Combatives certified instructor



Kate O’Brien, is in charge of sales and marketing as well as being a great instructor.

Kate has spent countless hours training under the direct supervision of Never Surrender Self Defense founder Mike Austin. Kate has shown a dedication which is very seldom seen in an individual. She has repeatedly impressed us with how seriously she takes her training and how quickly she learns and is able to demonstrate all of her skills. Kate has quickly become an indispensable asset to our team. Kate is a level one instructor in Counter Attack Tactics. Kate’s talent goes far beyond just the hands on aspects of assault prevention and safety training. She understands how predators think and act and her pleasant demeanor keeps clients at ease while they learn what it takes to stay safe.


Kate Raab, a personal protection assistant instructor for Never Surrender Self Defense, is a recent college graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration with a Human Services concentration. Kate first attended one of Mike’s seminars in December 2010, and has been an assistant instructor in the Bucks County seminars since then.


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