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What is Dynamic Self Defense?

Dynamic Self Defense is a dynamic, progressive and complete martial art system that combines the best aspects of traditional martial arts modified for self-defense with the latest scientific training methods. For those familiar with traditional martial arts, it can be best visualized as a mixed martial art cross between Muay Thai Kickboxing and Jujitsu. Much of what we teach is from proven Military Combatives. Of course everything taught in Dynamic Self-Defense is adapted for practical civilian self-defense. (Read our article “What makes DSD different” for more…)

 What if I have/have not taken martial arts before?

For most people training in Dynamic Self Defense it’s their first time taking martial arts of any kind. Our program is designed to quickly build usable self-defense skills regardless of prior background. We also have people in DSD that have trained in other martial arts. DSD is a very open system (we adapt the most practical self-defense tactics from a variety of traditional and combat styles) and we welcome participants regardless of prior background.

Do I need to get into shape before starting something like this?

While you should take the same care in your self-defense training as you would in starting any exercise program, there is nothing special you need to get started in your training. Everyone is allowed to rest when and as they need to. We are here to teach you self-defense and to motivate you to get into shape. Our exercises are adapted to your ability and your fitness will grow as a natural result of continued training.

How young do you start kids training?

Our children’s curriculum is designed for kids age 6 and up. Kids younger than this often have difficulty understanding concepts of self-defense. It’s also often the age when bullying begins in their daily setting, such as at school, on the bus or on the playground.

We do not separate our kids into groups based on age or size. This benefits students because they learn that techniques work differently for them depending on the size of their attacker, thereby developing skills they can actually use beyond the controlled setting of the training room.

Parents should be aware that martial arts programs for preschool children are not true martial arts programs at all. They are simply an activity with a uniform and as such provide the same benefit that any other sport or gymnasic activity provides. However, they do not teach your child self-defense.

What’s the history of Dynamic Self Defense and the founders?

You can read more about Grandmaster Lowery, Grandmaster Hennings and their backgrounds here

How does Dynamic Self Defense differ from other styles?

In short, we’re all about survival, not rituals or tournaments.

Traditional martial arts have a lot of aspects that are not related to self-defense. For example: Complex forms, often known as kata’s, can show technique but often include unrealistic visualization and impractical stances. Weapons training such as staff, sword or nunchuks look good but again are impractical in real world scenarios. Other cultural aspects like meditation, fasting, chi and so forth only dilute time spent training for actual survival.

Anther key difference is that Dynamic Self Defense isn’t a sport – at least not in the competitive sense. We don’t train people to fight in the ring or compete in the Olympics. These environments have rules which are counterproductive to surviving a real violent encounter.

Learn more about how DSD is different from traditional styles in detailed article “What Makes Dynamic Self Defense Different From Traditional Martial Arts” and from our Blog.

How does Dynamic Self Defense differ from combat styles like Krav Maga or other military based programs?

Both DSD and Krav Maga stem from tested military hand to hand fighting techniques. In that context, there is less difference between DSD and Krav Maga as say between DSD and Karate. Though we may have slightly different ways of getting to the same end result.

When you break it down DSD incorporates the essence of the US Army Combatives course (Grandmaster Hennings, one of our founders was a US Army Ranger). This is a battle tested program that has been used in the field from Vietnam to Afganistan. What DSD has done is create a no-nonsense training program for civillian use – especially being sensitive to varying age and size factors in the general population.

On a technical level DSD moves beyond Krav Maga focusing on advanced technique and principles for civilian use rather than fighting with an M16 rifle. And we say this from experience – the director of DSD UK, Master Gideon Hajioff is actually a certified Krav Maga instructor. With the popularity and media coverage of Krav Maga, many schools have lost the vision of self defense focusing on financials. Students are often being trained by instructors that are not experts while being roped into expensive contracts.

DSD goes well beyond what typical military personel are trained in – at least in hand to hand and hand to weapon combat. Advanced techniques can take years to master and the military reserves this level of training for only it’s elite soldiers.

At DSD you get respectful and personal instruction from multiple expert instructors. Things don’t work the same for everyone and in every situation. At Dynamic Self Defense in New Albany we’re on your side to make sure you will be effective in self defense should the need arise.

We encourage questions and we would invite you to preview a class to see if Dynamic Self Defense is right for you.