Coach Sean Scarbrough

In the grit of South Los Angeles gang culture, Sean faced bullying and low self-esteem, as early as elementary school. As a result, he began his martial arts journey with Kenpo Karate and Western Boxing at the age of 18. Over 25 years, he expanded his martial arts training to include Dirty Boxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Serving in law enforcement for 19 years, he was no stranger to danger, and being equipped with both the social skills to de-escalate a conflict and the physical techniques to protect himself continues to be a practical necessity. Because of his personal and professional experiences, he developed a passion for empowering community members to prevent bullying, assault, abuse, anxiety, and low self-esteem through the power of martial arts.

In his free time, Sean enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, reading, and watching movies. He is a part-time Christian pastor and teacher. He also likes writing fiction and education literature and plans to publish soon.


Our mission is to inspire confidence in men, women, and teens through martial arts training. Empowered with the ability to defend themselves, we equip members of our community with practical techniques to overcome violent attacks in public settings, at school, and in the workplace. Since 2017, NextGen Self Defense has been dedicated to addressing violent personal attacks and active shooter incidents by providing intelligent prevention and response tactics.


  • 25 years of training in various martial arts: Western Boxing, Dirty Boxing, Kenpo Karate, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
  • 20 years of law enforcement experience:
    • L.A. Sheriff’s Dept.
    • LAPD 
    • L.A. Probation Dept
  • Over 400 hours of training: Gang Culture and Tactics, Suicide Prevention, Crisis Management, Child Abuse, Behavioral psychology.
  • 14 years of experience counseling and mentoring troubled teens and adults
  • 24 years volunteer work pastoring, counseling, teaching life skills
  • 3 years teaching free  & low cost self defense classes: 
    • Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, Ca.
    • Pilgrim Baptist Church, LA

“A wise warrior is better than a strong one, and a man of knowledge than one of strength.”

King Solomon ~ Proverbs 24:5

With the knowledge of martial arts, a weaker, smaller person can subdue a larger, stronger attacker with relative ease. Knowledge is more powerful than brute strength alone.

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