If you are truly interested in getting in shape and learning self‑defense you’ve found the right place. There are many benefits to training at Portland Academy of Self Defense. Peak physical fitness is one of the main ones. Trust us, this is nothing like "working out" at a gym. You will feel the difference almost immediately.
Most people don't realize that being fit is a key component of self‑defense. The simple fact is, if you don’t have sufficient strength or stamina, you can't defend yourself, no matter how many techniques you know. Therefore, our classes begin with warm‑ups, followed by an intensive physical exercise regimen designed to get you in shape and maximize your fitness level.
Every class ends with cool‑down flexibility exercises that are designed to stretch your muscles, and increase your range of motion to prevent injury. Believe it or not, in no time at all you will find that you’re in the best shape of your life and possess a variety of practical self‑defense skills!
All classes are well‑supervised, and conducted with safety as a top priority. Students are encouraged to learn and progress at their own pace. In addition, our training environment promotes positive relationships, self‑confidence and mutual respect. Furthermore, No student is ever asked or expected to do something that they don’t feel comfortable doing. Finally, we encourage our students to communicate with the instructor directly at any time during their training. If you ever have any concerns or questions, we encourage you to ask. All of our Instructors are here to help you achieve your goals.
At Portland Academy of Self-Defense, our instructional methods stand out in several different aspects. First, our instructors place significant emphasis on the correct performance of techniques. One properly mastered techniques is more useful than ten techniques performed incorrectly.
Second, our training starts at a reasonable intensity level which gradually increases over time. The benefit of this approach is that it promotes the safety of all participants while providing the students with ample time to develop the correct skills, and instill the knowledge of the techniques in the form of "muscle memory."
Third, our instructors are open‑minded, and continuously seek to improve their personal proficiency and professionalism. Finally, our instructors are experienced and can communicate their knowledge effectively which enables our students to progress quickly and confidently toward achieving their personal self-defense and fitness goals.
Small group classes. Personalized training. Detailed Instruction. Friendly and approachable Instructors who care about your learning and progress. Real standards - hard work, discipline and excellence are the foundation for achievements. And most importantly, a functional self-defense curriculum that is combat proven.
This is just a small small part of what makes Portland Academy of Self Defense unique among all other martial arts schools in the Portland region.
Outstanding personal coaching and instruction from the founder of Portland Self Defense Academy, Instructor David Pritchett.
Proven Hapkido self‑defense techniques developed in conjunction with concepts from today’s most effective martial arts.
Unstoppable achievement through specialized planning, and consistent measuring, monitoring and feedback.
Rigorous accountability: your instructor will become a friend, mentor and coach who wants and expects the best from you, and who will challenge you to perform at your very best!