Stay safe with local self-defense training

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By Colleen Kilday

When it comes to self-defense, there is no single strategy. The best methods and techniques for a person depend on their strength, skill level and abilities. Fortunately, residents of Prince William have a wide range of courses to choose from to determine what is best for them. No one should be in a position that requires them to use these skills, but making them available does more than prepare to protect

RAD Basic Physical Defense Program

Practicing potentially life-saving skills doesn’t need to break the bank.

Police and sheriff’s departments in many localities offer free or low-cost 12-hour self-defense classes for women using the Rape Assault Defense Program or the RAD Basic Physical Defense Program for Women. women. The program is nationally recognized and endorsed by several organizations, including the National Self-Defense Institute.

This method incorporates classroom instruction by certified course instructors as well as hands-on learning. Topics covered include risk reduction, personal safety and physical defense strategies. The program is achievable in a single 12-hour session; however, participants are encouraged to take part in
additional sessions to hone their skills. To register or learn more, contact the Prince William County Sheriff’s Office at 703-792-6070, the City of Manassas Police Department at 703-257-8064 or visit to find a courses near you.

Underground Krav Maga and fitness

Underground Krav Maga and Fitness, based in Gainesville, specializes in Krav Maga, an Israeli style of self-defense that emphasizes personal protection strategies for confronting and avoiding dangerous situations. The center also offers Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and physical training classes – an important aspect of holistic self-defense.

“Being physically fit increases your chances of successful self-defense,” manager Ronald Villamar said. “Our programs incorporate drills and exercises to mimic the stress and exhaustion you would feel during an attack to train you to defend yourself under stress. This benefits cardio fitness and also builds strength.

The center’s instructors receive training and certifications from the Israeli Krav Maga Federation of Alain Cohen, who has a direct lineage to the creator of the martial art, Imi Lichtenfeld. Villamar is the Southeastern United States Regional Director of the Krava Maga Federation – Alain Cohen and holds a 4th degree black belt as well as an expert level instructor certification.

Prospective students can choose from several class hours organized by age group and available six days a week. New students can also take advantage of the center’s six-week trial program which includes six weeks of unlimited lessons, a free one-to-one lesson with an instructor to prepare, and a free t-shirt here.

Early martial arts

Premier Martial Arts has multiple locations in Woodbridge, Gainesville, Manassas and Ashburn and teaches students skills that go beyond the physical skills needed to master self-defense.

“We teach our youth, teens and adults how to set and communicate boundaries and situational awareness to recognize signs that someone is escalating or targeting them for violence,” said owner Tim Rook. “We teach them the physical responses to understand how to survive and escape an encounter.”

While the center specializes in Israeli Krav Maga, kickboxing, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, students can gain much more than a comprehensive approach to self-defense.

“Our classes are really fun and packed with exciting exercises, team building and leadership development,” Rook said. In addition to the center’s course offerings, they hold free community seminars at local schools, churches, and daycares covering topics such as women’s self-defense, active threat responses, knife defense tactics, child-safe anti-kidnapping, child fitness and nutrition, and bullying prevention workshops.

Underground Krav Maga and Fitness, based in Gainesville, specializes in Krav Maga, but also offers Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and physical training classes.

To book a free community event, contact Tim Rook at 571-330-9359. Prospective students can book a two-class introductory course on

Drengr krav maga american

American Drengr Krav Maga works with children to build

Located at Hastings Marketplace in Manassas, American Drengr Krav Maga is a community-focused martial arts studio and family self-defense center that emphasizes the importance of personal safety, well-being, health and safety. self-discipline and confidence.

“One of our goals is to help kids resist bullying, take responsibility for their actions, and learn life lessons that foster trust, integrity, and respect,” the co-owner said. Joe Fontanella. “We also help adults become more confident, focused and self-assured through the discipline and exceptional training that comes from practicing martial arts.”

The center emphasizes community spirit because Krav Maga, a modern and dynamic self-defense system, is not a traditional martial art. Although it incorporates techniques from various related disciplines, it emphasizes personal protection rather than competition.

“Our promise is that everyone who trains with us will learn and improve regardless of age, gender, height, fitness level, athleticism or experience through positivity , encouragement and collaborative coaching,” Fontanella said.

The center offers a variety of courses tailored to specific age groups as well as women and students. To get started, visit

Colleen Kilday is a journalist and technical writer who has written for a variety of local publications as well as aviation and financial journals.

Kristen T. Prall