Safer, Faster, Period.
Self-Defense Training Built on 3 promises
Most martial arts classes assume you’ll study for years. We built our programs starting with the question, “What if you could walk away from your very first lesson with usable, effective skills?” And then we built every class after that the same way. Safer, faster, period.
Safe, Healthy training
No matter how effective it is, training that beats up your body or encourages paranoia is a nonstarter. We take a bigger perspective: this is about improving your quality of life, and providing tools to sustain that boost. Physical fitness and mental wellness might seem like bonuses, but to us they’re a natural piece of the puzzle.
Friendly, community-centric approach
We love our mission because it’s about service, and we find we attract friendly, like-minded clients. Class should be a joy, not a chore. Our self-defense training is social and, yes, even fun. Great training partners are what make it that way.
Learn from 6th degree Black Belt and BJJ Legend Roy Harris – world-renowned as a “teacher’s teacher” in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (as well as in Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Martial Arts), as he returns to Connecticut for the first time since 2019.
Join us for 2 days of phenomenal BJJ training – click the button for more information.
Live, In-person self-defense training
Train with an expert instructor 1-on-1, in a small group, or in a seminar or workshop. Come to us, or bring MSDC’s self-defense training to your location!
private or semi-private lessons
workshops and seminars
new - offering safe training during the pandemic
real-time, remote self-defense training
Is the pandemic preventing you from training in-person? Or maybe just geographic distance? Not to worry! Private lessons can now be held remotely with a live instructor via High definition video or even via Virtual Reality! Modern Self-Defense Center is the ONLY source offering live, instructor-led virtual reality lessons. Click below to learn more!
HD private or semi-private lessons
virtual reality private lessons
Always available – 24/7 lifetime access. Access our HD courses from any device, from your phone to your PC, or use your virtual reality headset and check out our one-of-a-kind VR self-defense training. Videos, training templates, and plenty of follow-along practice exercises in 1080 video or VR. Convenient, accessible, effective self-defense training on your own schedule.
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and go to bed tonight with skills you didn't have this morning
The Modern Self-Defense Center was founded in 2002, with the purpose of bringing the most effective, up-to-date training methods in Martial Arts and Self-Defense to the greater Connecticut region. Beginning with Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the programs quickly expanded to include Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do, Boxe Francaise Savate French Kickboxing, Filipino Martial Arts, and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competition training.
For 7 years MSDC offered a free self-defense class every week. MSDC has been featured on the front page of the sunday Middletown Press, ABC.com’s News homepage, and the NBC 30 evening news.
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Modern Self-Defense Center offers hands-on, effective self-defense training methods for people of all shapes, sizes, and experience levels. Visit us in central Connecticut, or learn self-defense online with our remote lessons and streaming courses for any device, including virtual reality.
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