The Self-Defense Module is totally different from the other modules. In most classes, you’ll only have time to warm up and then go right into the self-defense lessons.

For adults, if the lesson plan includes escapes where students are grabbing each other, you may want to do the warm-up at the end of class, so students are not all sweaty trying to get out of a headlock. For kids, you can open with warm-ups.


Some lessons will be more for kids than adults and vice versa, so feel free to calibrate the lessons to the class age.

The Ground Rules (Tell your students this)

  • Use the word orange to signal stop because no word in the English language rhymes with orange.
  • Always show respect to the class and look out the safety of your partners.
  • We practice at school zone speed in other words super slow.
  • Safety is number one

First Two Classes (Read this and then watch the video to the right)

The first two classes of the self-defense module are the most important. The initial orientation sets the tone to communicate expectations and pumps up the class with the reality check as to why this is so important.

During this second class, students participate in the first have a good realized exciting scenario called Home Invasion.

The combination of these two days has been time tested and proven to absolutely hook the students. It’s like the opening scene of a movie. You want them to be on the edge of their seat wanting more.

Do not undervalue or underestimate the impact of these two classes. They create genuine loyalty to the program to you and whatever you offer.

In class one, conduct the cell phone demonstration and the firearms and edged weapon action versus reaction demonstration.

These roles demonstrate are in real-time and capture their attention immediately.

Also share local crime stories and discuss the lack of priority people put on self-defense until it’s too late.

These first two classes are critical to the entire module.

Empower Kickboxing™ Martial Arts Curriculum