Start The New Year Off Right With Discounted Memberships in January

We all say we want to get in shape and start self-defense classes, but it's so easy to put it off. Don't let "I'll do it tomorrow" become "I'll do it eventually" or even "Eh, nevermind."

It's never too late to start learning self-defense and getting fit, and we're sweetening the deal with an exclusive bonus this January for new students & an exclusive referral bonus for current students.

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January Women’s Self-Defense Seminar

Event Update: Due to poor weather conditions we will be postponing the seminar and holding it Saturday, January 20th instead of the 13th.

Learn essential self-defense skills in this empowering one-day Women's Self-Defense Seminar.


This seminar is designed to be beginner-friendly and is open to everyone interested in joining us!

In this seminar you will learn about the nature of attacks and violence, avoidance skills, vital de-escalation skills, mindset and disruption tactics, as well as practical defensive techniques that are easy to master and quick to use in the event of an attack.

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November Jeet Kune Do and Wing Chun Seminar With Guru Kevin Taylor

Guru Kevin Taylor, photo by Joe Imel

We are excited to announce we will be hosting Guru Kevin Taylor for an exclusive Jeet Kune Do and Wing Chun seminar on November 25th and 26th!

Both days will feature Wing Chun and Jeet Kune Do training. In the Wing Chun portions Guru Taylor will cover his perspective on the Siu Nim Tao form, as well as some Chi Sao drills and exercises.

In the Jeet Kune Do portions training will cover trapping as well as standing and ground lock flows.

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Everything You Need To Know About Pepper Spray – A Guide

U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms Justin Farrow sprays a sailor in the face with OC spray during a training course.

Pepper spray, self-defense spray, Mace - there are lots of names for those canisters of spray you can carry around and use to deter an assailant. But what are the differences between sprays? Which one is best?

There's a surprising amount of detail and options in choosing the right self-defense spray and in this article our goal is to explain the differences between the common options, how to pick the best one for your needs, debunking some myths, and everything you need to know to use self-defense spray effectively.

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October Silat Seminar with Maha Guru de-Bordes

Maha Guru Richard Crabbe de-Bordes returns for another Harimau Minangkabau/Pencak Macan Hitam Silat seminar this October 21st & 22nd.

Maha Guru de-Bordes began his martial arts journey in his home of France, later traveling to Spain, Holland, and Indonesia to follow his teacher Maha Guru Adityo Mataram Hanafi. After many years of training, Guru de-Bordes moved to London, England in the early 1980s to open the first Harimau Pencak Silat school in the UK.

He has continued to develop and adapt the Harimau Silat style focusing on self-defense aspects and incorporating aspects of other silat systems he has learned. Guru de-Bordes has taught and acted as an advisor to many special forces groups and police tactical teams. Currently, he resides in Ghana working as a security consultant to the president.

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Thank You Tuhon Leslie Buck!

Tuhon Leslie Buck at the Wik Academy of Martial Arts to teach Pencak Silat Mande Muda and Pekiti Tirsia Kali.

We at the Wik Academy wanted to thank Tuhon Leslie Buck for coming all the way from Austin, Texas to teach another amazing seminar this past weekend. We also wanted to thank everyone who took the time out of their weekends to join us in learning Pencak Silat and Pekiti Tirsia Kali.

We can't wait to have him back again!

Tuhon Leslie Buck at the Wik Academy of Martial Arts to teach Pencak Silat Mande Muda and Pekiti Tirsia Kali. Tuhon Leslie Buck at the Wik Academy of Martial Arts to teach Pencak Silat Mande Muda and Pekiti Tirsia Kali.

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Pekiti Tirsia Kali & Pencak Silat Mande Muda Seminar with Tuhon Leslie Buck

Tuhon Leslie Buck of the Tactical Arts Academy

Boost your kali and silat skills this fall with Tuhon Leslie Buck of the Tactical Arts Academy of Austin, Texas. Tuhon Buck joins us again for a special two-day seminar this September 9th and 10th.

This seminar will focus on single and double-stick techniques from Pekiti Tirsia Kali, as well as open-hand techniques from Pencak Silat Mande Muda.

Tuhon Leslie Buck has over 15 years of experience teaching law enforcement and military fighting and defensive tactics skills, and even more as owner and founder of the Tactical Arts Academy.

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11 Crucial Home Defense & Security Tips

German Shepherd by Christoph Schmid

While there are countless reasons to pursue self-defense training, one we hear often from students when we ask them what motivated them to start training is that they want to know they can protect themselves and their loved ones.

Knowing how to physically defend yourself doesn't have to be the only method to do that. These 11 tips will make sure that if the worst does come to pass and you find yourself in a situation where you need to protect yourself and your home you'll have a higher chance of making sure everyone comes out of it safe. This is absolutely not a comprehensive list - there are a lot of things to consider in planning for a situation where an intruder has entered your home - but it will get you started.

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9 Women’s Self-Defense Myths

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The world of what makes good martial arts and self-defense is a complicated and muddy one. Narrow that down to women's self-defense and it's even worse. Like in the fitness and nutrition industry there’s a lot of conflicting advice, self-proclaimed experts passing off bad advice to make a quick buck, and pride alongside good, well-educated instructors.

It can be overwhelming to go through all of the conflicting advice to sort out what is true and what isn’t. Add to that the fact that fear is a daily part of many women’s lives and it’s easy to take the path of least resistance and look for anything that promises a quick, easy solution.

To make that process a little easier, let’s bust some of the common myths surrounding self-defense for women and help everyone make better choices.

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The Five Types of Martial Art

Boxing and Types of Martial Art at the Wik Academy of Martial Arts Cincinnati Ohio

Trying to choose a martial art to train in when you're just starting out can be daunting. Just here in the Cincinnati area there are so many to choose from with such a wide variety of backgrounds, structures, and goals - how can you know which is right for you?

One thing that can help you make an informed decision is knowing the five basic types of martial art. Once you understand those and where different arts fit in, you can decide what classes to take or arts to study based on your own goals.

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