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DC Self Defense Karate Association

Washington DC

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FREE initial consultation/lesson &
50% off the first months tuition

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About Our School

Developing Self-Esteem at DC Self Defense Karate Association in Washington, DC – With confidence comes enhanced self-esteem. We utilize a series of multiple goals that boost self-esteem levels. This builds greater self-respect and self-esteem in our martial arts students. Please note: Our martial arts instructors turn most quiet, shy and doubtful beginners into strong outgoing leaders that become powerful practitioners.

Learning Self-Discipline at DC Self Defense Karate Association in Washington, DC – The foundation of martial arts is the focus of self-discipline incorporated into a student’s training. We teach self-restraint and discipline instead of the instant gratification, the “I want it now” syndrome. This impatience can be unlearned through the practice of martial arts. Skills to “stick with it” allow students to succeed in their many goals in life.

Making Habits of Physical Fitness – Tired of the boring mundane and repetitive workouts? DC Self Defense Karate Association in Washington, DC is more than a lifestyle change when it comes to fitness. Our holistic training program allows students to attain high levels of fitness through fun and exciting drills that build strength, flexibility and coordination.

Developing a Sense of Respect – In this modern and fast-paced world, we too often see a lack of self-respect and respect for others. As a student of DC Self Defense Karate Association in Washington, DC you will improve your attention and respect for yourself and others, thus becoming exemplary members of our community.

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GrandMaster Carol Middleton’s specialties are all reflected in our school:
Kids: Certified in KidPower, Sensei Middleton loves teaching kids and sharing KidPower safety training with our youngsters.
Self Defense: A pioneer in Women’s Self Defense in the U.S., Europe and Africa since 1971, she brought what she found best to DC IMPACT full-contact scenario-based self-defense here in 1988. It is now a part of DC Self Defense Karate Association.
Krav Maga: The Israeli Defense Forces’ official tactical defense system is the basis for our self-defense practice at the DCSDKA facility in Washington, DC.
Carol Middleton’s academic background in Exercise Physiology informs all our fitness work and we do prize fitness!
Traditional Tae Kwon Do: As a 7th degree Black Belt, Sensei’s passion for Tae Kwon Do only increases with every family and individual she sees transformed by the magic of the martial arts.
Teaching Technique: We take it seriously and you’ll know that when you see our instructors.

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GrandMaster Carol Middleton

Why Join DC Self Defense Karate Association?

Health and Happiness

With so many negative influences and stresses around us, many of us gain weight, fry our brains on too much screen time, fear violence or bristle at lack of control over our lives. Here at DC Self Defense Karate Association, you work out hard and can become ultra-fit, yet you relax and feel at peace with yourself and your world. You find respect and yet are challenged to go beyond your perceived limits. You talk about healthy eating, thinking, action and how to help others, and yet you’re ready to use massive personal power to face life’s many challenges. You gain inner calm and yet a fierce toughness to stand up to aggression, peer pressure, bullies and your own negative thoughts and self-doubts. You become more serious, committed to your goals and capable of giving 100% to your endeavors, including the martial arts and beyond. You and your children rise to the highest level of cooperation and compassion while learning the skills to lead others in a powerful and confident way. All of this adds up to a healthier you in mind, body and spirit. Then Happiness comes naturally.

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Get the Power

What better advantage can you give yourself or your child than to have real dominion over yourself? The power to shape good habits. The focus to get things done and achieve goals. The emotional discipline and positive mindset to get along with others and live in “win-win,” to feel empowered in life and not in a battle against life. AND the power to keep yourself safe. THIS is the power of the martial arts as taught at DC Self Defense Karate. We first learn power over our bodies and how we affect others. Then we and our children learn to discipline our minds to achieve goals, create healthy habits and help others. Plus we learn leadership. The power can be yours–you’ll love it!

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I first brought my kids to DCSDKA when they were 5 and 7 and three years later the school is part of our lives and will be for a long time. My kids have gained so much from being part of DCSDKA. Not only are they strong, fit and flexible, they are part of a Continue Reading

Natalie February 4, 2015

Since starting at DCSDKA years ago, I’ve learned a wide variety of karate and self-defense techniques and improved my physical fitness. At the school I can pursue a demanding goal in a supportive environment with teachers who encourage me- but also set high expectations. As a result when I succeed I have accomplished something significant Continue Reading

Chris February 4, 2015

In my 33 years studying martial arts I have never come across a school with a curriculum that so well balances traditional martial arts practice with real world skills. And I don’t mean fighting skills, but the skills of civil discourse and conflict resolution that can help any person get through their day and their Continue Reading

James February 4, 2015

My experiences growing up at DCSDKA show in my love and respect for martial arts and artists, the consciousness I bring to my training, the interactions I have with others, and the way I carry myself through the world. The members of DCSDKA are like family, and I have profound respect and gratitude for Sensei, Continue Reading

Tessa May 4, 2017

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