We chose the name ASP as a means of expressing our purpose. "Active Self Protection" is our desire for ourselves and those we train, and it also points to an old term for a small, venomous snake in north Africa famous for its small size but potent bite when threatened. (and famous for being Cleopatra's method of suicide) See the analogy there? A person doesn't need to be big or threatening to be able to defend themselves if they are ready to go. Finally the acronym ASP also leads to our basic philosophy of self-defense, before, during, and after an encounter: Attitude, Skills, Plan. Having the proper Attitude, appropriate Skills, and a good Plan mean everything in a defensive encounter. So use ASP to assess your readiness to defend yourself and your loved ones!