Our Approach
GO Self‑Defence
Self-Defence &
Master Gary Eikenberry, 7th Dan black belt, Chief Instructor
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Your choice: Advanced Taekwon-Do with Self-defence or Self-defence only

While we're committed to teaching and the advancement of our martial art, we also realize that not everyone is interested in the belts other formal trappings of traditional martial arts training. Whether you're seeking to unlock your inner ninja or just want to feel more confident on the street or walking though a parking lot late at night we believe we have something for you.

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. In addition to the self-defence component of our weekly martial arts classes we offer a monthly 2 hour self-defence class as well a open self-defence workshops most months.

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.

Fresh approach to Taekwon-Do
Natural stances
Follow-through techniques
Practical self-defence
Friendly, supportive environment

Our Martial Arts approach

Whether you call it Advanced Taekwon-Do or HupKwonDo our approach builds on the techniques we learned in traditional Taekwon-Do and refines and expands upon them to give us a high energy system of exercise, personal development and practical self-defence: progressive training for real life in our fast paced, high stress modern world. We work up a sweat, but we also have fun.


Our techniques and training methods are designed for real life, for your whole life. They will help you keep fit, flexible and feeling good about yourself. Our fluid movements replace traditional stances and full extension kicks and punches with smoother, more natural, follow through techniques which are less stressful on the joints and more efficient in close without sacrificing power or effectiveness.


Of course what distinguishes our approach from other martial arts is more than just a different approach to kicking and punching. First and foremost, as epitomized by founder and President, Grand Master Lim Ching Sing, is our inclusive approach to our students and to martial arts in general. Everyone, regardless of age, gender or physical ability can benefit. We aren't just looking for the next national champion or action movie star, we're looking for YOU.

No martial art or exercise program can guarantee results, but we can give you the tools, which, combined with your own determination and effort, can help you achieve your goals, whether they be fitness, weight control, self-defence skills, your own black belt or even greater heights. You might be surprised at what you can accomplish!

Of course the no amount of reading or web surfing is going to is going to answer all your questions. The only way you'll ever really know if we have what you've been looking for for yourself or your son or daughter is if you GIVE IT A TRY!

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