Self Defense Academy Blog


A.C.W.A. Family…

Awareness is one of the most critical skills you can learn here at the A.C.W.A. Self Defense Academy!  That might seem odd at first to some of you, but let me explain why.  You see, you could be the fastest runner in the world, but if you’re not paying attention, and wonder into a busy street (not noticing the traffic) and get hit by a car, your speed won’t save you. Your lack of awareness of the situation did not allow you to use your speed to escape.  The same goes for personal defense.  You could train 8 hrs a day and be the baddest you know what in town, but if you’re not aware of a situation until it’s in your face, it might be to late to use any of your training. Awareness is critical to your survival and should be integrated (as we teach) into every training session. If your reality based self defense program isn’t teaching you that, perhaps think twice about the program!

We train our students to have an increased sense of the world around them. This allows them to spot potential issues and avoid them all together.  If avoidance is not possible, at least they have as much notice as possible to make decisions if a situation is devolving rapidly.

How can you train your awareness?

There are some simple things you can do each day as your out and about our even driving that will make you more mindful of the world around you. If you live in a state where front license plates are required, start to look for them and more specifically, look for cars that don’t have them! What types of cars do you notice not having front plates?  Are they new or old, are they sports cars or luxury? Paying attention to simple things like this when you’re driving or stopped in traffic, is a simple yet powerful reminder that we see many things but don’t always notice them until we pay attention.

So the real question is, what else are you missing out on that is also going on all around you?


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Situational Awareness

A.C.W.A. Family,

Here’s a FREE eBook for you on Understanding Pre-Fight Cues called SECONDS BEFORE.

What to expect:

One of the least studied, understood, and even lesser-trained concepts in the world of reality-based personal defense are the seconds right before a physical assault occurs.  This is primarily because students train in personal defense or martial arts (there is a difference) with the assumption of inevitability rather than the understanding of the importance of awareness, avoidance, and de-escalation.

If you can avoid a situation, avoid it, period.  It’s safer for you at the end of the day if you’re able to just walk away BEFORE things get physical.  When you open “the box marked violence” you don’t know what you’ll find inside it.  Needless to say, if we can leave this box closed then that would certainly be the best decision.

This then though begs the question:

How do we know when a situation is about to escalate into physical violence?

 The study of the answer to this ominous question is the driving force behind this eBook.


We added a Blog

A.C.W.A. Family,

To help keep you and the general public informed about what we are doing, we just added this blog! Here you can find updates and opportunities, seminars and special events!


We moved our operations home, just like you had to.  The idea being that “we are all in this together.”

See you all online!

Weekly Zoom Virtual Training

A.C.W.A. Family,

The city has now asked that we temporarily suspend group classes until April 3rd.  Of course, as it our normal policy, you can make up any missed time when things get back to normal and we will help you make that happen.

In the meantime, join us each week for online virtual training via Zoom!  Link is in the members portal.


  • Kids: Thursdays 6pm
  • Adults: Thursdays 7pm or Sunday 3pm