Welcome to Self Defense America

Self Defense America of Virginia has been serving the Northern Virginia area since 1995.

Classes are well-suited for men and women of all sizes and ages (13 years old and up) — physical strength and athletic abilities are not essential.  The result is a practical and realistic self-defense system which is fun to learn and offers tangible solutions to realistic life situations.  Our approach to self-defense is both practical and highly scientific.

Our program is a self-defense system called Combat Hapkido. It is an internationally recognized system of self-defense training known for its extreme versatility and comprehsensive discipline of self protection.

The menu above provides links for more details and the class schedule.

Classes are held at the Gold’s Gym in Manassas, Virginia.


Tips from Grand Master Pellegrini

Learn Three Tricky Combat Hapkido Techniques From John Pellegrini


Benefits of Training

What are the Benefits to Learning Self Defense

Combat Hapkido is a modern, dynamic self defense system that offers all the benefits of classical martial arts but without rituals, rigidity, obsolete techniques, or unsafe exercises.

Benefits include:

Physical Benefits

  • Stamina and endurance
  • Muscle tone and strength
  • Weight loss
  • Flexibility
  • Balance and coordination
  • Stress Reduction

Character Development

  • Self Confidence
  • Self Discipline
  • Positive attitude
  • Patience
  • Perseverance
  • Respect

Cognitive Benefits

  • Self defense techniques
  • Increased awareness
  • Knowledge of human anatomy and pressure points
  • Survival Skills
  • Improved Concentration