Ethos Self-Defense

Class Structure

Tiger Tots (Ages 3-4)
Lil Dragons (Ages 5-7)
Youth (Ages 8-12)
Teen/Adults (Ages 13+)

Our Self-Defense classes consists of 30-45 minutes of fitness, drills, skill-building games, and sparring.


Youth Self Defense

Fit, Disciplined, Confident, & Bully-Proof

We have four primary objectives for the children that participate in our Self-Defense program:

1. To strengthen each child’s self-confidence, self-reliance and self-discipline. The greatest harm children often face from bullying is to their self-worth. Bully-Proof doesn’t mean that other kids will never try to bully your child, it means that your child’s strength of character will protect them from the emotional burden of the cruelty of others.

2. To provide participants with a foundation in all of the arts we teach; so they have functional solutions no matter how they may be threatened, so they learn their own natural talents and comforts (natural strikers vs. natural grapplers), and so they learn when and how to apply each art. Emotionally strong, physically capable.

3. Empower children to speak out against bullying, making even the kids around them safer!

4. To improve the physical fitness of all participating children. Healthy bodies, healthy minds, balanced lives!

We ask that all parents refrain from “parenting from the sidelines”. Your child will often look for your approval and recognition, a trait which actually stunts the growth of their self-reliance.

If you want to be involved, we strongly encourage you to participate in the Teen/Adult Self Defense class. This will enable parents to be effective at-home coaches for their children. The children that make the greatest gains are those that have both parents and instructors who teach them to have high expectations for themselves!

Teen/Adult Self Defense

Fit, Capable, & Prepared

Our Teen/Adult Self Defense program draws on the same curriculum that we teach in the Youth Classes. The primary difference in how the two classes are taught relate to the pace (teens and adults are expected to move more quickly through the material) and the nature and focus of the drills used.

Broadly speaking, children are more likely to have a violent confrontation but adults are more likely to be in serious and life-threatening danger in a violent confrontation. Children can often rely on the adults around them to protect them and intervene, while adults will likely not be able to rely on bystanders.

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