Questions & Answers in this section are about the classes / disciplines:
NEWCOMER: I'M NEW TO THIS TYPE OF TRAINING, WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND?
You are most welcome to train in any of our disciplines.
The classes labelled Beginner are more specifically geared to Beginners (Krav Maga + Muay Thai), but the rest of the classes are for all levels (unless they are labelled Advanced) and the instructors will always ensure you work according to your level.
You can train in:
- self defence (Krav Maga)
- combat sports: Boxing, Muay Thai, MMA and
- martial arts: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (grappling art - we are hoping to bring this back to our timetable in future) and Capoeira (combines martial arts, acrobatics and music).
Whilst all our classes help build various aspects of fitness, we also have specific fitness classes for cardio, conditioning and Low Pressure Fitness (reprogrammes and tones your core, improves breathing capacity, postural issues, back and pelvic dysfunction).
Adults have 1 free trial class, children can trial for £5.
DO I NEED TO HAVE PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE IN SELF DEFENCE?
No - there is no experience necessary to train with us. We will help you build your skill, fitness and technical ability if you are new to training. If you are experienced then we will help you to continue to progress.
DISCIPLINES/CLASSES - PLEASE EXPLAIN THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THEM
We bring you a mix of disciplines which complement each other - you can focus on one or cross train to benefit the most from our Academy:
KRAV MAGA = practical self defence includes strikes/padwork, blocks/sparring, weapons, grabs/chokes, floorwork, fitness – all from a self defence aspect. Taught on a band (belt) level system.
MUAY THAI = combat sport includes punches, kicks, elbow & knee strikes, clinches, take downs - padwork, combinations that are tested in competition, sparring at advanced level.
BOXING = combat sport includes punches, blocks, combinations that build speed, reaction and effective footwork. Plenty of partner padding, hitting punchbags, sparring according to ability, fitness.
CAPOEIRA = where martial arts meets acrobatics and music. A self defence originally created by slaves that's made to look like a dance. Adapted to all levels and abilities. Includes strikes, take downs, kicks, flips, partner play, traditional instruments and songs that create the most amazing atmosphere as you train.
MMA = Mixed Martials Arts = a fusion of various combat sports including Muay Thai, Judo, Wrestling, Boxing and more - learn to fight both standing and on the ground, great for building fitness & stamina.
Cardio Conditioning Fitness = total body workout and movement to music including stretching & toning exercises using body weight, free weights and padwork.
Cardio Combat Fitness = total body workout to music including striking combinations, exercises using body weight, free weights, skipping, padwork.
Low Pressure Fitness = special breathing technique with movement to reprogramme your core, reduce waist size, increase breathing capacity (great for martial art/combat training) and improve pelvic and spinal dysfunction.
Stretch & Move = learn to move in ways your body is naturally designed to via stretches and exercises to strengthen your posture, stability and range of motion that will help your everyday activities.
WHAT AGES CAN TRAIN?
Kids classes: start from those in School Year 1 and above. Most kids classes are for School Years 1-6 (Krav Maga + Capoeira), Boxing is for School Years 4-9, Muay Thai for School Years 5-9.
Early Teens classes: are for School Years 7-9 (we also have Boys/Girls only Krav Maga for School Years 8-12)
Adult classes: minimum age is 14 (or 16 for MMA) and all adult ages can train.
Questions & Answers in this section are about the location / facilities / parking and directions:
WHERE IS DYNAMIC SELF DEFENCE ACADEMY - HENDON?
Our main full time centre is in Hendon:
Dynamic Self Defence Academy
Tel: 020 8203 0500
WHERE IS DYNAMIC SELF DEFENCE - EDGWARE?
Our satellite location is in Edgware:
One Stonegrove Community Centre
5 Hayling Way
Tel: 020 8203 0500
WHERE IS DYNAMIC SELF DEFENCE - ESSEX?
Essex is a separately run location from Hendon and Edgware.
Bedford House Community Association
4 Westbury Road
Questions & Answers in this section are about the prices/memberships:
CHILDREN'S CLASS PRICING - HOW DOES IT WORK?
Children / Early Teens / Boys/Girls only classes:
TRIAL: Children can trial any age appropriate class for £5. Perhaps they want to try our different disciplines to see which they prefer (see above question which shows which ages the children need to be for each class).
JOIN: After their trial, there is a one off Starter Pack fee:
Krav Maga: £45 includes Uniform Tshirt & Trousers, white level wrist band (we do a belt level system but use bands instead) and Star/Assessment book (children earn behavioural stars each lesson and we record their progress through our syllabus).
Boxing / Capoeira / Muay Thai: £30 includes Tshirt and Star book.
BOOK THE TERM: £12/class = classes are paid for on a termly basis, at which ever date in the term you join, you will simply pay the remainder of the term after the trial.
ADULT CLASS PRICING - HOW DOES IT WORK?
TRIAL: We offer 1 FREE TRIAL for our Adult classes. If you want to try more classes before deciding on a membership, you can do so by paying for your first set of classes after your free trial.
JOIN: Starter Pack (one off payment of £30) includes a DSDA Tshirt, lifetime training insurance, £5 discount off our shop (at the time of purchasing the Starter Pack) plus reduced class prices.
1) ROLLING MEMBERSHIP: buy 5, 10, 15 or unlimited classes per month.
These are for any class or mix of classes/disciplines eg do a mix of Boxing, Muay Thai and Krav Maga (unless you select the Krav Maga only / Muay Thai only memberships).
Rolling means your membership is on an autopay set up (off a credit or debit card) similar to a direct debit, the payment will process automatically on your card on the same date each month (can be any date you choose eg 1st. 15th, 30th etc). The date is changeable anytime by contacting us.
BENEFIT 1: £5 discount each month
BENEFIT 2: Any unused classes (on the 5, 10 or 15 class membership) can be rolled over into the following months (up to 5 months) as long as your payments are active, you just have to ask us to roll over the unused classes.
BENEFIT 3: Pause anytime for £5 (you don't pay to unpause), the remainder of your current 30 day period will be carried forward when you resume.
2) SINGLE CLASSES/SINGLE MONTH - PAY AS YOU GO: buy single classes or a single month of 5, 10, 15 or unlimited classes.
These can also be used for any mix of classes / anytime as above.
Single month means you are NOT on a rolling payment, eg if you prefer to pay by cash or one off card payment. You have 30 days to use your classes, they are not rolled over or extended if unused.
Full price - no discount.
Single classes - see both members and non members rates (the non member price are for those that do not wish to pay the Starter Pack fee). We also have a special rate for Fitness only classes (no trial, no Starter Pack, just a Pay As You Go).