SGM Dave Hebler


SGM Dave Hebler is an internationally recognized author, martial arts/self-defense instructor, lecturer and author. One of the true pioneers of Kenpo Karate, Dave began his martial arts journey under the late Senior Grandmaster and Founder of American Kenpo Karate, Ed Parker in 1959. In 1974, Dave was the first student promoted to 7th Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo Karate by SGM Parker. Today, SGM Hebler is a 10th Degree Black Belt as bestowed by the Original American Kenpo Karate Association (OAKKA) in 1991 and holds the distinction of being one of the most senior active American Kenpo stylists in the world.
As a master self-defense instructor, with over a half-century of teaching experience, Dave has, literally, spent his entire adult life helping people learn how to defend themselves against violent physical assaults.
For a number of years, Dave was Elvis Presley’s personal bodyguard. As an integral part of Elvis’ personal and professional life, Dave’s primary responsibility was the personal safety of Elvis at home as well as at recording sessions, personal appearances, concert tours and various recreations.
SGM Hebler is a best-selling co-author of the book “Elvis What Happened?” Released just two weeks before Elvis’ death in 1977, we’re told that this book, at the time, held the distinction of being the best-selling, original non-fiction paperback book in the history of publishing. It also received, what was, at that time, the single largest order for any book of its type… five million copies.
Since that time, SGM Hebler has traveled the world as a speaker and self-defense instructor, giving lectures and teaching workshops on self-defense, particularly as it pertains to women and children.
In addition, Dave has authored several books including the recently published booklet “Making it out Alive, protecting Women and Children from Violence” and his newest book “How to Survive Encounters of the Worst Kind.” He has also produced a DVD detailing the self-defense techniques contained in “Encounters” in video and audio formats.
Recently SGM Hebler was honored as one of the 24 most prominent American Kenpoists of today in the book “The Journey.”



SGM Hebler believes that, at a minimum, the serious professional student must develop a high degree of excellence in at least three general areas. Those areas are:
Physical fitness.
Basic fundamentals.
Adversarial Experience. Students need to develop their skills in a variety of adversarial environments (training scenarios against uncooperative, hostile and skilled opponents). GM Hebler teaches a variety of workshops that are designed to help the student develop an excellence in the basic fundamentals. Some of the topics covered are:
The how-to’s of speed, power and intensity.
Immediate action drills: Proactive vs. reactive, offense vs. defense.
Explosions: Coming off the line, closing the gap and delivering the weapon.
The three kinds of speed and the relationship of speed and mass to create max power.
Control, focus and determination; the indispensible ingredients.
The power of emotion and attitude.
Twitch moves and instinctive reactions.
Trickery and deceit.

“Dave Hebler is the mongoose in human form…awesome speed.”…..Elvis Presley
“To see speed and power properly executed in an almost effortless fashion is to see Dave Hebler move…an incredible seminar! My students can’t wait for the next one.” Mark Puthuff, Chief of Police, Ft Bragg, Ca.
“The key to survival in encounters of the worst kind is the ability to unleash simple, lightning quick techniques, complete with explosive, destructive power. In the realm of speed and power, Master Hebler is the man.” Dr Ron Braughton, USNAVSPECWARFARE.
“I have never seen either a practitioner or a teacher of martial arts who could combine the speed, power and grace of movement of Dave Hebler. His instruction has been instrumental in developing the self-defense programs for our company’s law enforcement and executive training courses.”…. Jeffery L. Miller, president, Safehouse Security Training,inc., Founder and chief instructor, Special Ops Training, 10 Special Forces Group (Airborne), U.S. Army, Ft Devens, Ma.



Dave’s women’s self-defense workshops, titled “Beyond Intuition,” teach women and young girls of all ages the type of self-defense that can be relied on. If you consider the fact that they are approximately ten million females who are victimized each year in the USA, you can understand why this is a problem of epic proportions. Statistics say that young girls, age 11 to 19 are victimized at a rate 84% higher than the general public.
The chilling truth here is that at the moment of their victimization, none of these ten million victims had the necessary knowledge or skills to successfully defend themselves against a violent physical attack. Sadly, for most of them, they still don’t.
Dave’s lectures, hands-on workshops, personal training courses, books and videos are excellent answers to a safer, more secure future. Dave not only trains individuals in simple, easy-to-learn techniques, he also teaches key methods to recognize and prevent such attacks BEFORE they happen.


“I enjoyed taking this two hour self-defense course with my female friends and my 14 year old daughter. It was extremely informative and taught us all the basic defense moves that are effective in defending yourself. The instructors were very thorough in teaching and fun. I recommend this class for all females!”
“The self-defense class taught by Dave Hebler was very informative and insightful. It gave me the tools to help prevent me from becoming a victim. I am going home and going to help teach my 10 year old daughter the tools to make sure that she never becomes a victim.”


“When I came to this class, I did not know or how to do anything. These people taught me so much. I learned to protect myself in a horrible situation. Every girl/woman should take this class. It teaches you a lot.”
“The gift of power is a charactistic that all women and young girls should have. We should always feel safe and know that no matter what, we can defend ourselves, we can fight back, we can survive. I do not have to be a victim. I need and will make my attacker one! I have the power!”
“I came here today having no clue how to defend myself. I really appreciate Dave taking the time to show us how we can be saved. Especially because I could be the one!”



For a number of years, Dave Hebler was Elvis Presley’s personal bodyguard.
Most people seem to find Dave’s “Elvis Experience” to be interesting to most and fascinating to many. So much so that over the last 35 years or so, Dave has appeared at various functions and gatherings to tell some “Elvis Experience” stories and present some insights into Elvis the person that only someone who was actually there can tell from first-hand knowledge.
As you might imagine, over the years, Dave has received literally thousands of Elvis questions. These questions range from the easy to the difficult, from normal to the truly bizarre and some that you would not believe. Interestingly enough, the top three questions have been:

Is Elvis still alive?

What was Elvis REALLY like?

Personal bodyguard huh? I bet that was a pretty cool job huh?

At his personal appearances, Dave answers these questions and more. He also tells some interesting and often funny stories about Elvis the person that you may not have heard before. Truly great times and outrageous experiences with the man who was not only the greatest entertainer who ever lived but one of the best persons as well.
If you are interested in having Dave as a speaker at your group’s next event, shoot Dave an e-mail at for details.