About CRGI

You’re good. We’ll make you better though experienced and insightful education and training.

Conflict Research Group International is the result of an alliance of individuals with very different viewpoints and experiences but a common commitment to expanding awareness, insight and options related to all aspects of interpersonal conflict and violence. Our goal is to make you better.

The goal of CRGI is to provide a diverse resource for people with an interest in learning more about all aspects of conflict management. The self-defense, martial arts, professional security, and anti-violence industry is rife with misinformation, self-serving agenda, tribal thinking, ideological wars,  and down right lousy information.  The CRGI will counter some of that by providing a comprehensive source for the fearless truth.

As a group of different people with varied backgrounds, experiences, and beliefs, we don’t always agree on everything. But, we do agree on the basic principles of self-improvement and evolving through training and exposure to new ideas and differing viewpoints.

The bottom line: The CRGI will filter the enormous amount of information available on conflict management so you can focus on the material most applicable to you.

Questions? You can reach us via info@ConflictResearchGroupIntl.com

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CRGI Board Members

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Toby Cowern

Toby’s extensive and broad-ranging experience in the Reserve Armed Forces, leisure industry, outdoor activities and Health and Safety industry have equipped him with comprehensive skills and knowledge which he know channels as chief instructor into his very own company “Tread Lightly”.

Combining extensive military service and personal development with like minded international experts Toby’s office is now almost exclusively outdoors, where he spends his time tracking, hunting and researching, practicing and refining relevant survival techniques, further expanding and consolidating his Arctic experience, and 25 years of survival training.        Toby’s website.   

 

 

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Erik Kondo

While I do have multiple years of training background in a variety of martial arts, particularly Small Circle jujitsu, my focus is on helping the average person make sense of conflict management.

I see conflict management as an extension of personal safety which is an extension of how you live your life. My goal is to help people learn to minimize the negative consequences of aggression and obtain peace of mind through developing better understanding, critical thinking and judgement in times of interpersonal conflict. Erik’s website.     

 

 

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Marc MacYoung

The gang-infested streets of Los Angeles not only gave Marc MacYoung his street name “Animal,” but also firsthand experience about what does and does not work for self-defense. What he teaches is based on experience and proven reliability for surviving violence. If it didn’t work, he wouldn’t be alive to talk about it.

He is considered by many to be one of the most analytical thinkers on the subject of  surviving violence and personal safety today.  He has taught police, military, martial artists and civilians around the world. His message is always the same: Hand-to-hand combat is a last ditch effort when other, more effective, preventive measures have  failed.   Marc’s website.    

 

 

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Rory Miller

“Force is a form of communication. It is the most emphatic possible way of saying “no”. For years my job was to say no, sometimes very emphatically, to violent people.

I have been a Corrections Officer, a Sergeant, a Tactical Team member and a Tactical Team Leader; I have taught corrections and enforcement personnel skills from first aid to physical defense to crisis communication and mental health. I’ve done this from my west coast home to Baghdad. So far, my life has been a blast.
I’m a bit scarred up, but generally happy.”  Rory’s website.       

 

 

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Garry Smith

Garry is a 3rd Dan Senior Instructor in Ju Jitsu, an Associate Instructor with the British Combat Association and a Sport England qualified senior coach.

Garry has extensive experience of teaching in secondary, further and higher education and has coached youngsters and adults self defence, sports and outdoor activities for many years. Along with being a former street thug, Garry has an honors degree in Sociology and Education from the University of Warwickand a Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Management from Sheffield Hallam University.  Garry’s website.         

 

 

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