Essentials of Unarmed Self-Defense


What will you do if you can’t get to your handgun or the use of a handgun would be excessive force?

This is a basic, hand-to-hand, self-defense course, lasting 3 hours. Students will learn ways to prevent an assault; plan and prepare for an assault; and techniques to effectively respond to an assault. Students will learn basic self-defense skills, using the principles and techniques of aikido, a non-violent, non-aggressive, yet very powerful Japanese martial art. Aikido uses the power and momentum of the attack, against the attacker, allowing a small person to effortlessly thwart an aggressive attack. Aikido is suitable for everyone, regardless of size, strength or athletic ability.  The cost is $65.00 pp, with a maximum of 10 students.

Please check the calendar for upcoming classes. 

Topics Include:

  • Preventing an attack
  • Prepare for an attack
  • Responding to an attack
  • Practical Exercises
    – Escape from choke holds
    – Escape from grabs
    – Escape from ‘bear hugs’
    – Effective strikes
    – Disarming techniques
    – Firearms retention techniques

What to wear: Comfortable, loose fitted clothing and comfortable shoes.

About the Instructor – Dan Kelly After serving eight years in the U.S. Air Force as a Security Force Specialist, Dan worked for the U.S. Marshals Service for 24 years as a specialist in Witness and Dignitary Protection.  For over 23 years Dan has been training in the art of Aikido, a gentle yet powerful martial art and is the primary instructor for Amelia Island Aikido School, in Fernandina Beach, Florida.  Dan has been teaching Aikido and self-defense techniques to law enforcement officers, corporate employees, school teachers and local residents for over 10 years.

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