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Common Self-Defense Instruction Terms

Self-defense instruction is available in a variety of forms with each emphasizing different types of techniques. In addition to learning how to defend yourself, taking a self-defense class is an excellent way to get exercise. The following are a few common self-defense instruction terms to be familiar with when looking for a class.

  • Dojo – A dojo is a martial arts training school. The word dojo is Japanese and may sometimes be used to refer exclusively to Japanese martial arts facilities. However, it is also used generically to describe places that offer instruction in non-Japanese martial arts.
  • Aikido – Aikido is a Japanese method of self-defense that is intended to cause limited damage to an attacker. Courses teach students to redirect attacks as a means of protecting themselves rather than fighting off an attacker.
  • Judo – Judo is a Japanese martial art technique commonly practiced competitively as a sport. The object is to take down an opponent by forcing them to the ground or by immobilizing them. Judo gives instruction on techniques for getting opponents into choke holds and other self-defense positions.
  • Kickboxing – Kickboxing is a sport or self-defense method that focuses on kicking and punching done in a standing position. Kickboxing practices vary, with some practicing it as a contact sport while others do it as a form or cardio exercise.
  • Jiu-Jitsu – Jui-jitsu is a martial art that teaches students to fight against attackers who are armed with weapons. Jui-jitsu courses also focus on teaching techniques that will enable a smaller person to successfully fight off a larger attacker.
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    Wolfpak Martial Arts
    188 E Union St, Mount Gilead, OH 43338
    We are a family fitness and self defense center that provides instruction in numerous martial arts disciplines including Taekwondo, Koryo Gumdo, Tai Chi and cardio-kickboxing. We have school programs available.
    (419) 947-9900
    Turner's ATA Black Belt Academy
    3968 Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065
    The ATA Martial Arts and Black Belt Academy are members of the World Traditional Taekwondo Union (WTTU) - one of the world’s largest martial arts organizations. The United States affiliate of the WTTU is the American Taekwondo Association.
    (614) 760-0000
    Team Chitwood Martial Arts
    3979 Parkway Ln, Hilliard, OH 43026
    Our jujitsu & martial arts classes are taught by courteous and helpful trainers with years of experience. Don't let fear hold you back, strength starts from within. Call today, class spaces limited.
    (614) 365-1774
    Panther Kenpo Karate Studio
    300 Tilden Ave, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
    (740) 392-3846
    Rose Guardian
    500 Southpark Ctr, Strongsville, OH 44136
    (440) 238-6669
    World Champion Martial Arts
    2935 W Market St, Akron, OH 44333
    (330) 867-3366
    Eagle Self Defense Products
    441 W Bagley Rd, Berea, OH 44017
    (440) 274-0361
    Zahand's Martial Arts
    1576 Akron Peninsula Rd, Akron, OH 44313
    (330) 926-2001
    North Coast Gracie Jitjitsu
    113 S Main St, Clyde, OH 43410
    (419) 547-8581
    Fight Fit Krav Maga
    17830 Englewood Dr Ste 2, Cleveland, OH 44130
    (440) 234-5728
    Fight Fit Krav Maga
    17820 Englewood Dr, Cleveland, OH 44130
    (440) 234-5728
    Annarino's Martial Arts School Kickboxing & Brazil
    174 S 21st St, Newark, OH 43055
    (740) 344-1854
    Akron Tactical
    1289 Edison St Nw, Hartville, OH 44632
    (330) 877-2070
    Delaware Area Career Center
    4565 Columbus Pike, Delaware, OH 43015
    (740) 543-0708
    Your Best Defense
    9076 Church St, Twinsburg, OH 44087
    (330) 425-7204


    Self defense instruction courses are a great way to keep yourself in shape, while improving your ability to defend yourself from an attacker. There are a range of self defense classes to choose from, so you can be sure to choose the course that will train you to fight in your favorite style. For example, a self defense class for women will teach a woman techniques specifically designed to fight off a street attacker who is larger than she is, and who may be armed with a gun or other weapon. Of course, women aren’t the only ones who should learn to protect themselves, and they might be interested in something more advanced also, such as martial arts instruction. Anyone can try their hand at martial arts. It’s even a popular sport for children. One kind of martial arts, perhaps the most popular, is Karate. Karate focuses on utilizing moves such as kicking and punching, but stresses that these moves should only be used in self defense. Another popular martial art is Aikido, which focuses on the tactic of using your attackers’ own strength and power against him. To find a local self defense program, you should contact your local police station as many offer free self defense classes. If you are more interested in martial arts, you should call a dojo – or martial arts studio – in your area. No matter what your motivation, learning to defend yourself is both a wise and rewarding decision that will allow you to have fun while learning a valuable skill.
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