Self Defense | Westling's Martial Arts Academy

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Jon McMahan reviewed Westling's Martial Arts Academy
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Hands down the best martial arts instruction in Hunterdon County....all three of my kids are there....they teach confidence, perseverance and loyalty in our young ones....

Paul Kilduff reviewed Westling's Martial Arts Academy
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A great Dojo with excellent instructors teaching real martial arts.

Sandra Partlow Turner reviewed Westling's Martial Arts Academy
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Sensei Ed is the best! My kids started with him 10 years ago and now I'm a student, too! He is so encouraging and his attitude toward the use of martial arts is respectful and reasonable.

Michelle Aimone Henderson reviewed Westling's Martial Arts Academy
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Sensei Ed is an amazing teacher and person. My two sons have been his students for over seven years and not only has he taught them karate, but also instilled in them the importance of responsibility, leadership, and community service. They both love going to the dojo because "even though we work hard, it's fun". As a parent, I'm thrilled they've had the benefit of Sensei's instruction and guidance. They are better young men for it.

Stephanie Mattingly Reuter reviewed Westling's Martial Arts Academy
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Both of our children have been with Sensei Ed for over 6 years. His knowledge and ability to engage students of all ages is excellent. He has created a great family atmosphere and a wonderful community where the students all help each other. Our daughter loves working with the other girls in class who act like big sisters and are excellent role models. Our son has overcome his shyness and was even recognized as student of the month for intervening in the bullying of another child.

As a parent, it is a joy to watch your children grow into confident young adults who have learned the value of hard work and dedication. The added benefit is they always have fun and leave class with a bunch of high fives and big smiles !

Thank you Sensei Ed !!!
Brian & Stephanie Reuter

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Prepare to Defend Yourself in Any Situation

Go Beyond Traditional Martial Arts and Learn to Fight

Self Defense is the fighting method taught to men and women in the Israeli Defense Systems, and it has been adopted by law enforcement and special forces around the world. It teaches students how to fight in real-world situations so that they’re never caught unprepared.


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Do you want to learn how to

defend yourself in all situations?

You feel vulnerable and want to defend yourself and your family.

You want an intense workout that builds muscle and increases dexterity.

You want the self-esteem boost that comes with knowing you can fight.

The dangers of the world are endless

Luckily there is a comprehensive solution…

Learning to defend yourself is about more than simply wielding a weapon. The truth is that amateurs who have weapons end up getting hurt with them more often than predators do – and that’s a real problem. There’s no point in arming yourself if you’re not also in the right condition to be able to act if you or someone you love is threatened.

Self Defense is popular because it takes self-defense and turns it into an art form.

you will grow with every class!

Self Defense teaches you how to defend yourself by building on your body’s natural reactions to being attacked and giving you the tools – and the strength – to disarm and defeat your opponents. As you train, you’ll build stamina and hone your reflexes until you are a fighting machine.

Defend Yourself in Any Situation

Nobody wants to be the victim of a crime, and yet it happens to people every day. The best way to avoid being harmed is to know how to defend yourself.

Self Defense training emphasizes teaching students how to react in real-life situations. It’s not theoretical – it’s practical and effective.

You won’t have to worry about figuring out how to translate your Self Defense training outside of the dojo, because our instructors will help you do it.

Self Defense is a Killer Workout

It can be hard to get a great workout without someone to push you. If you want to be a total badass, the treadmill isn’t going to get you there.

Self Defense is intense...but FUN! Repetitive kicking and punching burn a ton of calories, and testing to move up a level requires mental and physical toughness. You’ll use every muscle.

Whether you want to lose weight or just get in the best physical shape of your life, Self Defense can help you do it.

Practical Self-Defense at its Best

One of the hardest things about learning self-defense is overcoming your natural instincts to learn new moves.

Self Defense works with those instincts – such as bringing your hands up to protect your face – and turns them into powerful moves that allow you to defend yourself and drive attackers away.

You’ll learn to use the tools you have and combine them with traditional martial arts and other forms of fighting.

Relieve Stress and Anxiety

We all have to deal with stress and anxiety in our lives – from work, family, and everything else. You need to have a healthy outlet for it to stay healthy.

Self Defense banishes stress by burning it off. When you’re working out, you need to give over your body and mind to the process. There’s no room for worrying.

By the time you’re done working out, you’ll be flooded with endorphins and feeling a serious sense of accomplishment – and your stress will be under control.


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Can learning Self Defense help me feel less vulnerable?

Yes. Self Defense teaches you to use your body and its capabilities to ward off attacks and stay cool in tense situations. You’ll feel prepared to handle anything that comes your way.

Is Self Defense a good workout if I want to lose weight and get in shape?

Absolutely. Self Defense is a high-intensity workout that pushes students to their physical limits. You’ll learn just how strong and powerful your body can be.

Is Self Defense effective in real-world situations?

Yes. In fact, the reason that Self Defense was developed in the first place is that its first practitioner, a young Czechoslovakian man, recognized the need for a self-defense method that went beyond sparring in a gym to incorporate street fighting and practical self-defense. Self Defense teaches students how to use their bodies effectively to defend themselves.

Can women study Self Defense?

Absolutely! Self Defense is designed to help people who might be smaller than their attackers to defend themselves, so it’s an ideal self-defense method for women to learn.

I don’t have any martial arts experience. Can I take Self Defense?

Yes, you don’t need experience to take Self Defense classes. There are levels of Self Defense just as there are in any martial arts discipline, so you’ll start at the bottom and work your way up.

Is there a belt system in Self Defense?

Yes, there are six levels: Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue, Brown and Black. You’ll have to test at each level before advancing to the next.

More Benefits

Self Defense builds core strength and flexibility.

Studying Self Defense increases self-confidence and self-esteem.

People who learn Self Defense carry themselves with pride.

Self Defense emphasizes the mind-body connection and helps students learn self-control.



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