Mario Staller is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Applied Siences for Public Management Northrhine-Westfalia and head of the Institute for Professional Conflict Management (Institut für Professionelles Konfliktmanagement) in Germany. His main areas of research are psychological aspects of conflict management in police contexts, skill development and pedagogical practice in police use of force and self-defense training. He has been a former police officer with 13 years of experience as a police use of force, self-defense, and firearms instructor. Furthermore he was part of the crisis negotiation team of the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany.
Mario’s main drive is the optimization of performance in violent confrontations. In pursuit of this goal Mario obtained a MSc in critical and major incident psychology (University of Liverpool), a MSc in sport psychology (Hochschule für Gesundheit, Sport, Technik und Kunst, Berlin), a MA in sports and exercise science (Hochschule für Gesundheit, Sport, Technik und Kunst, Berlin) and a MSc in sport coaching (Leeds Beckett University). He completed a PhD in pedagogy on the structure of ju-jitsu fights and its relevance for elite athletes and coaches at the Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy and a PhD in Psychology on influential factors on tactical decision making of police officers at the University of Liverpool.
Mario is a passionate martial arts practitioner, beeing two times world champion in ju-jitsu fighting, and being one of the highest ranked krav maga instructors outside of Israel. He is the founder of train2survive, a platform for self-defence training and research in that domain.