The Self-Defense Academy of Western NC teaches effective, real-world self-defense grounded in a proven traditional martial arts system. Starting from the first class, students learn effective defenses to common types of attacks, as well as how to avoid being chosen as a victim. We teach techniques from a proven martial art – Nihon Goshin Aikido – that combines grappling, throws, movement, and striking. Students learn to use the momentum and effort of the attack to create an effective defense. By avoiding a direct clash of force-on-force, they learn to effectively defend against a larger, stronger, more violent attacker.