Self-Defence For Real Life

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Not every gym or class is for everyone. So we offer all our customers a Free Trial Class option, just to find out if it’s the right fit for you.

our comprehensive self-defence system

At the heart of our approach is Krav Maga, the simple and instinctive fighting system employed by the Israel Defence Forces, chosen for its extreme efficiency in real-life situations.

Combine this with specific techniques from other martial arts, such as the hand-speed from boxing, the range of kicks used in Muay Thai and the grappling holds of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, to give you even greater skill.

Time in each session is given to fitness training, to develop your strength, stamina, co-ordination and balance, so you can apply the techniques effectively.

The final ingredient is our extensive ‘pressure testing’. By showing you how to cope with adrenaline rushes, face-to-face combat encounters and unpredictable real-world environments, we make sure you feel ready to react no matter what life throws at you.

Why is DSDA right for me?

We offer mixed classes in person and online for a wide range of age groups. All our live/onsite classes take place in our purpose-built, air-conditioned and fully accessible training academy using ProGuard Armour, specially designed by us for Krav Maga training, to help you get the most out of every session.

Many of our students want to rebuild their confidence after a bad experience, or prepare themselves for challenges they may have to face. Whatever your age or ability, our classes can help you:

Build your self-confidence and resilience under pressure

Improve your fitness and strength

Feel mentally and physically prepared for any challenge


Not every gym is for everyone. Before you commit, why not try our Free Trial Class option, just to find out if it’s the right fit for you.

ZOOM Online Classes


Unlimited Online Classes via Zoom

£35 /month

Unlimited Classes


Self-defence training at the Academy

From £45 /mo

Payment is on a rolling monthly basis (no-contract) or Pay As You Go, and classes must be booked in advance.

Cancellation period required: onsite membership = 60 days.

Flexible options in case you wish to change your option. BOOK your classes on the DSD Academy app or on the website


19.30 – 20.30
Mixed Adults (Available via Zoom)


19.30 – 20.30
Mixed Adults (Beginners)

18.30 – 19.30
Mixed Adults (Available via Zoom)

20.40 – 21.55
Invitation only (Advanced)

19.30 – 20.30
Mixed Adults (Beginners)

20.00 – 21.00
Mixed Adults (At DSD Edgware)

11.00 – 12.00
Mixed Adults (Available via Zoom)

See our full adult class timetable >

If you would prefer to sign straight up you can do so using our app or you can join using the Mindbody website.

Self Defence For Real


“I’ve been trying to get my confidence back for a while after a really unpleasant incident with an aggressive patient a few years ago. I would never use self-defence at work, but knowing it has helped me feel much more prepared for challenging situations, at work and walking home on my own too.”


“Going to uni was a really steep learning curve in more ways than one. I had to get used to a whole new city, and was given a course by a worried relative who wanted to know I’d be safe! I’ve not been in any scrapes, but there’s been more than one incident where the training has definitely helped me keep a cool head in some tricky situations.”


“I wasn’t sure about doing Krav Maga, but my husband signed me up for a 4-week taster course, so I thought I might as well give it a try! Almost a year later, I’m still training every week and I really enjoy it! I find it quite empowering at times and it’s a great stress buster!”


Totally brilliant! I was really struggling after getting mugged and was finding it hard to leave the house, even in the day. The mental impact on me was huge, and I needed something to make me feel ready if anything like that ever happened again. Thanks again DSDA. Highly recommended.


Covid-19 Secure (Safety Measures)

As a locally owned independent business, we take the health, safety and wellbeing of our members and staff very seriously. 

We are following all the official guidelines, have carried out a complete risk assessment of our facility and have put a comprehensive health, safety, and cleaning plan in place to ensure everyone is able to train in a clean and safe environment.  

Our Academy is an inclusive space where you feel like you belong, its designed to inspire you in whatever you want to do. Get a confidence-boosting, energising, stress-blasting, experience! Sign up now for your free trial an get onboard today!