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Curriculum

How does what you do differ from...
What will I learn?
How do you teach when there are different levels in a class?
I have no martial arts experience.
Do you spar or compete?
Do you grapple or teach submissions?
Will I get a workout training here?
Do you offer private classes?
I just want a short self-defense class.
Tell me about your self-defense seminars.
I see a lot about "women's self defense" - what is it?


Tell me about your self-defense seminars.

Our typical self-defense seminar is a one-day, three-hour session. We schedule these on a regular basis, open to the public, and also hold seminars by request. We can arrange the latter for any group (youth, seniors, disabled, a company's employees, health fairs etc.), and can schedule them on a one-time, intermittent, or recurring basis, as well as adjusting the length or content according to your needs. We'll train you at our location or yours. Contact us to schedule a seminar for your group!

Our quarterly women's self-defense seminars (open to the public) are taught by the dojo's senior female instructor, who has been training since 1995, with some of our male students playing the role of attackers (as available). We're happy to arrange these by request as well, and can also hold them with only the participants.

All of our seminars provide effective, easy-to-learn defenses against common attacks - armed and unarmed, standing and on the ground. We also address recognizing and dealing with pre-attack situations; dealing with lower-level threats (when a harsher response is not required); and the very important subject of the legal ramifications of self defense.

The defenses you learn take advantage of the natural weaknesses of an attacker's body. Everyone is built in fundamentally the same way, and all bodies have vulnerable points. The techniques we use are designed to exploit those body mechanics and vulnerabilities, and the attacker's own reactions.