Academy of Self Defence training out in Woodthorpe SheffieldWelcome to the Academy of Self Defence, we are based in Sheffield but are highly mobile, our aim is to deliver high quality, no nonsense self defence training that is of use in the real world that we live in.

Too many martial arts try to convince students that their particular style is the best for learning to defend yourself in the street, most often this is simply not true, occasionally it is downright dangerous as it fills their students up with impractical techniques that only work in the dojo with a willing training partner. The street is not like that, criminals do not fight fair and neither should you if you find yourself in a position where physical conflict is unavoidable. That is why you need to train with the Academy of Self Defence.

Let me explain with a joke. Blonde Joe was young man, but definitely not the brightest guy around. Each day when he walked home from work, he would get stopped by three nasty men and they would beat him up and steal his money. Finally, Joe decided it would be in his best interest to walk a different route, but it would also be wise to take some self-defense classes so this wouldn’t happen again. He joined a karate class and soon was doing very well with it. One day, on his way home from work, Joe confidently decided to take his old route home and, sure enough, there were the same three thugs. He walked up to them and the battle began. The next afternoon, Joe went to his karate class with a black eye, a broken nose and a busted lip. His instructor was shocked and asked him what had happened. “Well,” Joe explained, “I took my old way home last night so I could beat those guys up who used to steal my money.” “So what happened?” asked his instructor. “They jumped me before I could get my shoes and socks off!” Joe exclaimed.

Funny or not so funny most martial arts teach you rules and behaviour that is incompatible with real life violence, keep your shoes and socks on, in fact, start wearing sturdier shoes, then come and see us at the Academy of Self Defence.

At the Academy of Self Defence we do not use fear as a motivator and we do not teach complicated, fancy moves, our students enjoy their training and learn sound practical skills that will help them to lead safer lives. We hope that you find this website helpful and informative and that you will benefit from your visit.


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Garry Smith
Managing Director and Chief Instructor
Academy of Self Defence
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4th Dan Black Belt and Senior Instructor in Applied Ju Jitsu

Associate instructor with the British Combat Association.

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