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5 Self-Defence Classes in Sydney

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Published May 24th 2015
Defend yourself and stay fit
Self-defence classes are a great way to get some exercise and learn a useful skill. There are many forms and schools of self-defence, so finding the right one to suit your needs, experience, and abilities is important.

Here are five different places in Sydney that offer self-defence classes.

1. Urban Kombat

Where: St. Peters Public School, 20 St. Peters St, St. Peters
Phone: 0408 864 851

Urban Kombat

Urban Kombat Tactical Gym is your one-stop-shop to get fit, strong and ready for modern urban living.

Whether you just want to Kombat a mostly sedentary urban lifestyle of work-eat-sleep-repeat; or you want some real life Kombat skills for unexpected urban realities, they've got you covered.

Urban Kombat's vision is to empower adults and children with practical self-defence and tactical fitness systems and their mission is to provide the highest quality self defence and functional fitness training for adults and children.

2. Trifu Dojo

Where: Various locations, Sydney
Phone: 0410 799 816

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Image from Trifu Dojo Facebook.

Trifu Dojo has nine different locations across Sydney, with over 84 classes for children, teenagers, and adults alike.

Daniel Trifu, founder and teacher, has over 25 years experience studying and teaching martial arts, and has won notable competitions such as in the Kyokushin Karate competition, and at National, Asian Pacific, Oceania, and other international tournaments.

Children as young as two have attended this dojo, and it has classes catered to all ages, skill levels, and genders. There are also joint classes for parents and children, so family members can train together. If you are looking to go pro, or to increase your fitness levels, Trifu Dojo has classes to suit those needs as well.

For more information, visit their website, and contact them for pricing options.

3. International Wing Chun Academy

Where: 1/355 Sussex Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9264 2712 or (02) 9264 9947
Email: online

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Grandmaster Jim Fung teaching the "Bong Sau

This academy is one of the largest martial arts schools in Australia, and its Sydney headquarters are located on Sussex Street.

The classes cater for anyone between the ages of five and 70, regardless of whether they want to learn self-defence or just improve fitness. The Academy was established in South Australia by Grandmaster Jim Fung, who had had over 35 years experience teaching in Australia.

Wing Chun is a branch of martial arts with over 300 years of history, first created by Buddhist nun Ng Mui during the Qing Dynasty. It relies on natural force rather than brute strength, eliminating unnecessary movements for efficient and effective defence. They also offer dedicated classes for children and women.

For more information, visit the website, or sign up for one of their free trial classes.

4. Sydney Self Defence Centre

Where: 47-51 Unwins Bridge Road, Sydenham NSW 2044
Phone: (02) 9564 2444

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Image from Sydney Self Defence Centre website.

Sydney Self Defence Centre is led by Chris Futcher-Coles, a Master in Yi Quan and Wuxin Qigong, styles of internal kung fu. He is the Vice President of the Australian Health Qigong Association, and is a Government-accredited Level 2 coach with the Australian Coaching Council.

These classes are centred on the Taoist philosophy of Yin Yang, and how to use this to approach conflict. It offers training for all ages, genders, and skill levels, as well as specially designed workshops for schools. These workshops suit a range of primary and secondary school curriculums as well, including PDHPE, Cross Roads, and Sports.

They also have special workshops for domestic violence survivors, women's self defence, youth and teens, and seniors. Not only do you learn the physical aspects of defence, but also problem solving, conflict resolution, laws, anti-bullying, and basic psychology.

For more information, visit the website.

5. Krav Maga Defence Institute

Where: 8 Rutland Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: (02) 9699 3070
Email: Online

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Image from KMDI Facebook.

The Krav Maga Defence Institute was founded by Ron Engelman, a former combat instructor in the Israeli Defence Force. It is the largest Krav Maga school in Australia, and staffed by certified instructors, who have trained with Krav Maga instructors from the Israeli army.

Krav Maga focuses on practicality, using everyday items as effective means of self-defence, and how to escape and defend yourself against real life threats. There are different levels of classes offered, as well as sparring, combat fitness, and other workshops. For first-timers, there is a special Induction Class to prepare you for the beginner's classes, which can be repeated as often as you like.

For more information, visit the website, or submit an online request form.

There are also a number of options at various gyms that offer self-defence classes, so if you're already a member of a gym, then try asking about their programs as well.

Self-defence is an important skill to learn, for protection, fitness, or otherwise. Have you ever tried a self-defence class? Did you find it useful?
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