Our Approach
GO Self‑Defence
Master Gary Eikenberry, 7th Dan black belt, Chief Instructor

Our approach to self-defence

We don't think that the world should be a scary place and we certainly don't want to scare people into learning self-defence. Our club is built on the belief that we can combine fitness, fun and training for effective self-defence in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

We teach physical techniques, but we understand and teach that self-defence is at least as much about awareness and attitude as it is about physical ability. We teach and train to hone our self-defence attitudes, skills, habits and, yes techniques, not out of fear, but because of all the positive benefits we gain from our training -- benefits that not only keep us safe, but, more importantly, pay off in many other aspects of our daily lives.

What you learn is not how to hurt someone who poses a threat but practical, real world self-defence: first, avoid danger; if that's not possible, minimize the risk of injury; and create an opportunity to escape.

We are open to all ages: women, men and youth with no age, fitness level or ability restrictions. Come with a sister or brother, a son or daughter, a colleague or a friend. You'll enjoy training together and practising together outside of class.

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