The definition of self-defense changes from school to school. It can mean so many different things to so many people: anti-bullying for the child, psychic self-defense for the nervous person, kick ass for the would-be fighter.

What it doesn’t necessarily mean is “being in shape”, especially when the shaping up part gives the wrong moves and the most unrealistic feeling of adequacy.

At the Academy we have two very specific approaches to self-defense. Our main concentration on self protection is our First Response classes, headed by fifth degree black belt, John Ottenberg. His innovative approach has no competition, no ranks, no forms. It takes patterns which you can do immediately and builds up to more variations and protection methods as you go. Definitely an adult approach, there is no memorization whatsoever. From the first ten seconds, you are learning things with instant applications.
His classes are
Tuesday 7:30
Wednesday 7:30
Friday 6:30
Lessons can be attended once or twice a week and times are interchangeable.

Our second approach happens in every class we teach excepting Qigong. We show the accurate, traditional and quite effective self-defense embedded in the Chinese arts of Kung Fu, Tai Chi Chuan and Baguazhang. The emphasis here is progressive and combined learning, including the art, health and cultural aspects. This is the “slow cooking” method. The content itself is effective and authentic, but the emphasis is on the self-defense as a “bonus” rather than a goal. Check each of our different syles (Tai Chi, Kung Fu and Bagua to see class times).

Again, we only teach people over eighteen. We have none of the typical children’s self-defense training you see in so many schools. We don’t promise you that you’ll be invincible. We don’t get you into shape (we actually we do, but not by mindless bag kicking.) We don’t try to train you for competition and ring fighting that has nothing to do with your life. We know that most of our students are not Navy Seal material, and instruct accordingly. For more than 20 years, we’ve had many students who have spared themselves pain and humiliation and that, not trophies, is our emphasis, and should be yours.

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