Black Belt Academy
4885 West Boulevard • Poplar Bluff Missouri 63901 • 573.785.KICK (5425)

Self-defense is the act of defending oneself, one's property or the well-being of another from physical harm. While the term may define any form of personal defense, it is strongly associated with civilian hand-to-hand defense techniques. Self-defense defines a civilian activity as opposed to hand-to-hand combat in a military context.

Many styles of martial arts, usually Asian styles, such as Jujutsu, Karate, Taekwondo, Wushu and Ninjitsu are practiced for self-defense. Some styles train almost exclusively for self-defense, (Wing Chun, Krav Maga), which put an emphasis on finding the bodies' weakest pressure-points. Others still, are practiced for other reasons and not intended for self-defense at all (e.g. Tai-Chi, Tae Bo). However, some martial arts that are practiced primarily for sport, such as boxing or judo, can be effectively applied for self-defense.

Self-defense is the focus of our program at the Black Belt Academy. We also frequently offer special self-defense seminars and can schedule one specifically for your group.