Erik has been involved in the study and instruction of martials arts, self-defense, and conflict management for well over a decade. He is the founder of the nonprofit NOT-ME! He has focused on the importance of teaching use of boundary setting to at-risk populations such as women and people with disabilities for limiting unwanted behavior. Erik is also a full time wheelchair user from a spinal cord injury at age nineteen. Over the years, Erik has developed an extensive network within the SCI community which has provided him with unique insight into IPV among people with spinal cord injury.