SHADOW is based on a three-layer concept:
- Psychological – SHADOW provides practitioners with the ability to recognize subtle body language signs and create awareness to their surroundings; this more ‘informed’ state of mind helps in preventing a violent situation from occurring.
- Communicational – The path resulting in a physical confrontation usually goes through verbal and non-verbal communication. As is often the case, the attacked individual unknowingly worsens the situation by sending the wrong message.
- Physical – SHADOW provides techniques that allow the practitioners to navigate and steer a physical altercation to its ending without harming their attacker.
SHADOW offers various customized courses that cater to the specific needs of the students; a one-day workshop that covers the basics of the method and provides tools for daily potentially harmful situations, or advanced courses that provide solutions for more complex situations, such as: multiple attackers, armed attackers, or teamwork for security forces. These programs are valuable and have proven time and again their effectiveness in real-life situations.