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WEEKLY SELF-DEFENSE, MMA, KICKBOXING, GRAPPLING & knife CLASSES IN DURHAM
Join our Squad and take part in community-based training classes that will improve your confidence, fitness and fighting skill.
JOIN OUR SQUAD AND LEARN STREET EFFECTIVE SELF-DEFENSE TECHNIQUES & TACTIS
reality based SELF-DEFENSE & MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES in durham, nc
No Belts. No Egos. No BS.  Only Real World, Practical & Efficient Self-Defense Training.
JOIN OUR SQUAD AND LEARN TO DEFEND & FIGHT WITH BLADES AND IMPACT WEAPONS
MODERN knife, stick and improvised weapons classes in durham, nc
No Ninja Weapons.  Only Modern Day Carry Weapons & Self-Defense Tools
CLASS TYPES & DESCRIPTIONS

LEARN MORE ABOUT CLASS OFFERINGS BELOW. And DON'T FORGET ABOUT YOUR FREE CLASS.

SELF-DEFENSE

Elbow, knee, front kick, eye gouge, palm strike, control and submit your adversaries. Not for sport or competition. Real world, practical, efficient and effective self defense training only.

WEAPON Training

Car keys, tactical pens, improvised weapons, blades and sticks.  Modern weapon training to become a force multiplier and enhance your self defense skills and capabilities.

Women's Defense

Ladies unite and stand strong as you learn the fundamentals of self defense, gender based violence and predator psychology.  Find your voice, get empowered and learn to fight back.

YOUTH SELF-DEFENSE

Resist bullies, learn practical self defense, build confidence, improve awareness and manage personal space.  Mindset and mentality is key.  We coach thinkers, not fighters.  

SELF-DEFENSE

Elbow, knee, front kick, eye gouge, palm strike, control and submit your adversaries. Not for sport or competition. Real world, practical, efficient and effective self defense training only.

WEAPON Training

Car keys, tactical pens, improvised weapons, blades and sticks.  Modern weapon training to become a force multiplier and enhance your self defense skills and capabilities.

women's DEFENSE

Ladies unite and stand strong as you learn the fundamentals of self defense, gender based violence and predator psychology.  Find your voice, get empowered and learn to fight back.

YOUTH SELF-DEFENSE

Resist bullies, learn practical self defense, build confidence, improve awareness and manage personal space.  Mindset and mentality is key.  We coach thinkers, not fighters.  
WEEKLY SELF-DEFENSE CLASSES

Self-Defense & Martial Arts

About Our SELF-DEFENSE classes

Reality Based Self-Defense Classes.  Effective real world self-defense not only includes the ability to avoid, deescalate and prevent violent interactions, but it must also include the ability to physically fight back and defend yourself against threatening people and situations.  Our Self-defense classes and professional instructors will provide you with this full spectrum of reality-based self-defense in our weekly training classes. 

what you will learn

The Four Key Training Areas.  We have identified four key areas of self-defense and combative martial arts that are essential for you to most effectively and efficiently defend yourself and protect your loved ones.  You don't have to be a master in each area but you must be prepared and capable no matter where a fight may end up.  The more well rounded you become in these key areas, the more effective and capable you will become. 

These are the Four Key Training Areas in our Self-Defense Curriculum:
COMBATIVES
Down and dirty self-defense tactics that will allow you to prevent, manage and survive force related encounters.
KICKBOXING
This isn't cardio kickboxing.  Learn to fight and survive on your feet with kicks, knees, elbows, punches and standing clinch tactics.
GROUND FIGHTING
Fights can end up on the ground.  Best to know how to fight there.  Learn to control, submit and subdue in grappling situations. 

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
This isn't cage fighting.  Learn to fight and survive in all areas of martial arts.  Standing, on the ground, in the clinch and against walls.

Classes Levels

Classes For All Levels.  We offer three different class levels for our members and students.  Our Foundations Classes and Level 1 Classes are for new members, beginners, and advanced students looking to master the basics of self-defense and combative arts.  Our Level 2 Classes are for intermediate to advanced students and focus on more complex and aggressive aspects of street defense and combative arts.  If you are new and would like to try a class for free please take advantage of our Risk Free Trial Class.

These are the Three Different Class Levels:
FOUNDATIONS
Our Foundations Classes will take you from a complete beginner to a capable badass.  We will teach you how to be more aware, better prepared and ready to defend yourself and those you love!
LEVEL 1
For beginners, new students and members looking to master the basics.  Our Level 1 Classes give you the opportunity train in specific areas of self-defense that interests you most!
LEVEL 2
Our Level 2 Classes are for experienced members.  These classes will explore more advanced tactics and principles.  Level 2 Members will be well trained, very prepared and highly capable!  
Foundations Program.  Our Foundations Program are designed for beginners and new members.  Our Foundations Program will teach you the most important self-defense principles, techniques and tactics needed to unleash your inner badass while developing legit self-defense skills and fighting ability.  The Foundations Program is designed to teach you about situational awareness, pre-crime indicators, criminal psychology, situational awareness and foundational self-defense techniques that work both on the ground and on your feet.  Members participating in the Foundations Program will also have access to all Level 1 Classes on the schedule.  CLICK HERE For A Free Foundations Class!

Level 1 Classes.  Our Level 1 classes are also for beginners, new members and advanced students who want to focus on mastering the fundamentals.  For those who would like to focus on a specific area of self-defense, we offer martial-art-specific  Level 1 classes in four key training areas: Combatives, Kickboxing, Ground Fighting & MMA (Mixed Martial Arts).  New members taking Level 1 Classes also have access to all Foundations Classes on the schedule. CLICK HERE For A Free Level 1 Class!

Level 2 Classes.  Our Level 2 classes are for intermediate and advanced members.  Level 2 members have full access to the weekly class schedule, including all Foundations Classes, Level 1 Classes, Level 2 Classes, and Force-On-Force Classes.  Unless you have completed the 12 Week Foundations Program, Completed Level 1 Skills Tests, or have been approved by an instructor, keep attending the Level 1 Classes and Foundations Classes to continue learning and training so you can level up! 
WEEKLY SELF-DEFENSE CLASSES

blade & impact WEAPONS TRAINING

ABOUT OUR WEAPONS TRAINING

Modern Reality-Based Weapon Classes.  No ninja stars, nunchucks, bo-staffs or any other impractical martial arts weaponry.  We only focus on teaching practical defensive and offensive tactics for modern day weapons that are carried and used by both self-defense minded citizens and violent criminals.  Our Weapons classes and professional instructors will not only provide you with the skills, knowledge and ability to defend against modern weapon attacks, but also teach you offensive strategies and tactics to improve your self-defense capabilities. 

Modern. Practical. Efficient.

The Three Key Training Areas.  We have identified three key areas of modern weapon training that are essential for you to most effectively and efficiently defend yourself and protect your loved ones.  One key concept with our weapons program is the utilization of modern weapons to create a force multiplier.  As most attackers will be bigger, stronger and more violent than you, it is important that you know how to employ modern self-defense weapons to level the playing field and multiply your defensive capabilities.  Self-defense isn't a sport and there are no rules.  Violent criminals will use any means to get what they want.  You will likely need more than just your arms and legs to stop a determined and violent aggressor.

These are the Three Key Training Areas in our Weapons Curriculum:
EDGED
Many people carry knives. Few know how to use them.  Even fewer know how to defend against them. We will teach you.
STICK
The stick represents any hand-held, lengthy blunt force object used to actively defend yourself.  Learn to create force multipliers.
IMPACT
Learn to fight with tactical pens, tactical flashlights, car keys and other self-defense tools.  Generate impact to defend yourself.

Classes explained–level 1 & level 2

FOUNDATIONS
12 week program designed to take you from a complete beginner to a capable badass.  You will learn essential mindset
LEVEL 1
This isn't cardio kickboxing.  Learn to fight and survive on your feet with kicks, knees, elbows, punches and standing clinch tactics.
LEVEL 2
Fights can end up on the ground.  Best to know how to fight there.  Learn to control, submit and subdue in grappling situations. 

Foundations Program.  We proudly offer a comprehensive 12 Week Self-Defense Foundations Program.  This dynamic 12 Week Foundations Program will teach you the most important self-defense principles, techniques and tactics needed to unleash your inner badass while developing legit self-defense skills and fighting ability.  Members participating in the 12 Week Foundations Program will also have access to all Level 1 Classes on the schedule.  CLICK HERE For A Free Foundations Class!

Level 1 Classes.  Our Level 1 classes are also for beginners and new members.  For those not interested in going through the 12 Week Foundations Program we offer martial art specific classes in four key training areas: Combatives, Kickboxing, Grappling, MMA.   Complete the Level 1 Skills Test in any of the key training areas to advance and unlock the Level 2 Class for that specific class.   Complete the Level 1 Skills Test in all four key training areas to unlock access to our Force-On-Force classes.  New members taking Level 1 Classes also have access to all Foundations Level Classes on the schedule. CLICK HERE For A Free Level 1 Class!

Level 2 Classes.  Our Level 2 classes are for intermediate and advanced members.  Level 2 members have full access to the weekly class schedule, including all Foundations Classes, Level 1 Classes, Level 2 Classes, and Force-On-Force Classes.  Unless you have completed the 12 Week Foundations Program, Completed Level 1 Skills Tests, or have been approved by an instructor, keep attending the Level 1 Classes and Foundations Classes to continue learning and training so you can level up! 
WEEKLY SELF-DEFENSE CLASSES

WOMEN ONLY self-defense & fitness

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Ladies Only Classes are offered weekly. Click the buttons above for more information.

About OUR WOMEN ONLY CLASSES

Women’s Empowerment Training.  Effective real world self-defense not only includes the ability to avoid, deescalate and prevent violent interactions, but it must also include the ability to physically fight back and defend yourself against threatening people and situations.  Our Self-defense classes and professional instructors will provide you with this full spectrum of reality-based self-defense in our weekly training classes.  We offer a Foundations Program, Level 1 Classes, Level 2 Classes and Specialty Workshops & Seminars.
Self-Defense & Empowerment Training.  Our Women Only Program includes all the material from our traditional Self-Defense Foundations curriculum, with a specific emphasis on the types of violence and criminal acts that are particular to the female experience.  These classes are taught by Instructor Jayd and focus on providing a supportive, educational and empowering training environment.

 The mindset component of this program emphasizes early detection of aggression & strategies for addressing it, as well as setting clear and firm boundaries in relationships before things get violent. We also look at true crime and real-life scenarios where women have been attacked and discuss what can be learned from them. While the base curriculum is the same as our Foundations to Self-Defense curriculum, we spend more time practicing self-defense techniques specific to the types of attacks that women are statistically more likely to face (i.e., domestic abuse, sexual assault, kidnapping, etc.)

what you will learn

The Four Key Training Areas.  We have identified four key areas of self-defense and combative martial arts that are essential for you to most effectively and efficiently defend yourself and protect your loved ones.  You don't have to be a master in each area but you must be prepared and capable no matter where a fight may end up.  The more well rounded you become in these key areas, the more effective and capable you will become. 

These are the Four Key Training Areas in our Self-Defense Curriculum:
VOICE
Down and dirty self-defense tactics that will allow you to prevent, manage and survive force related encounters.
KICKBOXING
This isn't cardio kickboxing.  Learn to fight and survive on your feet with kicks, knees, elbows, punches and standing clinch tactics.
GRAPPLING
Fights can end up on the ground.  Best to know how to fight there.  Learn to control, submit and subdue in grappling situations. 

MMA
This isn't cage fighting.  Learn to fight and survive in all areas of martial arts.  Standing, on the ground, in the clinch and against walls.
WEEKLY SELF-DEFENSE CLASSES

YOUTH SELF-DEFENSE & bully prevention

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Youth Classes are offered weekly.  Click the buttons above for more information.
SELF-DEFENSE Classes FAQ

frequently asked questions

HOW DO I GET STARTED TRAINING?
▸ Start With A Risk Free Trial Session.
We offer a Risk Free Trial Session for you to get a chance to come meet the instructors, see the training center and hop in on a Fundamentals class for FREE. 

No strings attached.  If you don't enjoy it, no worries it will only cost you an hour of your time.  If you do like, which most do, our staff will be able to speak with you after your class about pricing options that work best for your budget.

➣ CLICK HERE TO CLAIM YOUR FREE TRIAL CLASS
DO YOU HAVE BEGINNER CLASSES?
▸ Yes We Do!  Try Our Signature Fundamentals Classes For Beginners.
Our Fundamental Classes are available for you throughout the week for new members and beginners.  Each class will focus on a specific area of self-defense and personal protection.  All classes feature a functional and dynamic warm up, essential self-defense and personal protection techniques and a fun, ego-free and community-centric experience.

▸ (5:30pm)  Monday & Wednesday Fundamentals Classes are focused on Standing Defense, Standing Striking, Combative Kickboxing and Defending yourself while standing.

▸ (6:30pm) Tuesday Fundamentals Class is focused on Choke Defense, Grab Defense, Takedown Defense, Grounded Self-Defense and Defending yourself on the ground.

▸ (6:30pm) Thursday Fundamentals Class is focused on Self-Defense Weaponry, Defending Against Armed Attacks and Using Edged & Impact Weapons to Defend yourself.

 CLICK HERE TO CLAIM YOUR FREE TRIAL CLASS
WHAT AGES ARE ALLOWED IN CLASSES?
▸ Most Classes Are For Adults.
Unless specifically designated as a Youth Class, all classes are for ages 17+.  Our classes focus on providing dynamic warm ups, great workouts, functional self-defense and reality-based martial arts for like-minded citizens who want focus on fun training without egos, politics or drama.

 CLICK HERE TO CLAIM YOUR FREE TRIAL CLASS

▸ We Have Youth Classes. /// For Ages 12-17
Our Teens Bully Proof Self-Defense & Fitness class is offered twice weekly.  This is an exciting self-defense and fitness class designed to teach your teenagers the most effective, practical and intelligent ways to defend themselves, while improve self-confidence, social skills and physical fitness. Students will learn the fundamentals of Self-Defense and Krav Maga in a bully-free, friendly and safe training environment with professional instructors.

 CLICK HERE FOR A FREE TRIAL YOUTH CLASS

** No video, blog, article, virtual instruction or content from our website, no matter how well crafted or presented, can substitute for professional hands-on instruction.  Self-defense training, especially training that includes knives, sticks, firearms, and other potentially deadly weapons, should always be undertaken responsibly and ethically, ensuring every available precaution for safety and injury prevention. please read our legal disclaimer here. **

12 WEEK FOUNDATIONS PROGRAM

In 12 Weeks we will turn you from Complete Newbie to a legit Self-Defense Badass.  You will become a more aware, better prepared and more dangerous version of yourself.  Equipped and capable of not only defending yourself, but also those you love and care about.  Our Foundations Program will not only teach you the mindset and mentality of self-defense, we will also teach you the physical techniques and tactics needed to effectively defend yourself.   Try a Free Foundations Class or Sign Up now to join our Squad!
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12 WEEK FOUNDATIONS PROGRAM
Our Self-Defense  Foundations Program was designed with the beginner new student in mind.  Navigate your way through our 12-week Self Defense  Foundations Program to find your inner badass and learn how to effectively defend yourself and those you care about.  Graduate from the Foundations Program to unlock all Level 2 Classes and gain access to our Force-On-Force Specialty Classes.
Mindset & Mentality.  
The 12 week Foundations Program will teach you the most important self-defense mindset principles that will mentally prepare you for a critical self-defense situation and provide you with legit skills to help you avoid and prevent self-defense situations.  We feel that the best self-defense is no defense.  Meaning, if you can avoid or prevent a situation from occurring entirely, that is the preferred approach or situation.   These are some of the core self-defense principles you will learn in the Foundations Program: Awareness, Preparedness, Confidence, Voice, Pre-Assault Cue, Criminal Psychology and Self-Defense Mindset

Physical Techniques & Tactics.
The 12 week Foundations Program will teach you the most important self-defense techniques and tactics to physically prepare you for a critical self-defense situation and provide you with legit skills to help you resist violent criminals, fight off attackers and defend yourself no matter the circumstance!  We respect all walks of life and teach our students to avoid and prevent violent interactions.  However, if you or someone you love is imminently threatened it is critical that you know how to quickly and efficiently defend yourself and protect those you care about.  These are some of the core combative self-defense areas you will learn in the Foundations Program: Military Combatives, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Filipino Martial Arts, Kickboxing, MMA and Submission Fighting.
Self-defense class schedule

WEEKLY CLASS SCHEDULE

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