Self-defense is not a singular entity but refers to a broad range of skills and techniques of physical force that can be used to counter armed or unarmed threats of violence with both physical skill and psychological strength to stay calm and controlled at times of stress. Many martial art forms have elements that can be used for self-defense. Self-defense classes in NYC focus on physical skills and techniques. This includes education on how to avoid danger, build awareness of situations that can lead to danger and de-escalation of events evolving towards violence. This combination of educational goals leads to success in incapacitating an attacker by remaining calm while making quick decisions.
The psychological and physical skills acquired in self-defense training are extremely valuable for people of all ages, levels of fitness and backgrounds. The physical rigor may not produce the same calorie burn or muscle soreness as a kickboxing class, but the mental and physical preparedness to handle unexpected situations is priceless. It is one thing to hope to never have to use the physical techniques taught in self-defense. But it is another to not have them when they are needed. Training in our self-defense classes in NYC not only ‘prepares you for the worst’, but helps to build all-around self-confidence in stressful situations, even those that are not life and death.
Coach Thor has an extensive background in multiple martial arts, and has his own unique blend that draws from Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do (JKD) as a base, which he blends with Kali and MMA (muay thai, boxing, submission arts, and wrestling) to create a unique style of self-defense you will not find taught by anyone else in the Upper East Side of New York City. He works to train people to react from different ranges of physical proximity from the attacker and applies techniques to real life situations.
One size does not fit all when it comes to implementing skills of self-defense. He is adept at identifying what technique and skill will have the maximal effect with the least amount of effort and time for each individual. You will work to identify vulnerable areas as targets that can stun an opponent and provide the opportunity to use strikes, takedowns and submissions. Using realistic drills and live sparring, these skills are learned in a fun and approachable way that prepares you for the real world.