Who is the Urban Warrior Princess ?


Hello, I am Róisín ‘Xena’* Pitman, a  medically retired police officer who now works in the security industry.

I am a nationally accredited security industry educator and an Elite instructor within Elite Group International. I am employed locally by Talis Risk Management Solutions Ltd. to teach courses on a number of security subjects, such as Conflict Management, Physical Intervention in the Security Industry, Control & Restraint, Handcuffing (and other mechanical restraints), Self Defence and Door Security Supervisor.

I can regularly be found at pubs, clubs, festivals and onboard the Jersey Duchess party boat as a working Door Security Supervisor.

I have been a martial artist for over forty-two years, an internationally recognised Aikido and Mushin-Do instructor for thirty eight years (6th Dan and Level 6 Instructor under Shioda Yasuhisa’s ‘Shioda International Aikido Federation’, Japan and 4th Dan under Soke Francis Ramasamy, Mushinkan Malaysia). I specialise in self protection and awareness for women and vulnerable adults including those with disabilities. I also teach physical intervention and control and restraint to security and law enforcement personnel.

I am currently in my final level of study towards a BA (Honours) degree in Criminology and Psychology with The Open University.

I am a promoter and educator of common sense approaches to personal safety and security for all.

In this blog, as well as continuing to deliver my own unique take on personal safety and security, I will be sharing personal insights into a number of extra topics such as my personal life, sports, martial arts, criminology and psychology through my ongoing studies at University including academic essays, and any other topic that  might be of interest.

No topic, however controversial, is out of bounds.


*XENA was the nickname given to me by the instructor and students of the Mushinkan dojo in Penang, Malaysia. They said that I was a “warrior princess” then someone said, “Ah yes, like Xena” and thus the nickname was born;

Xena, The Urban Warrior Princess.