You may be surprised to hear that for most schools, self defence is purely an afterthought, as many specialise in sport or competition based classes and teachings, or are simply just a workout session with no combative development offered. A good self defence style should be accessible to all with a willingness to learn, whatever your age, size or gender may be.
There can be a lot of "show" in martial arts, though for a beginner its about simplifying down to what works, and more importantly what works for you. Its not as difficult as you think, though will take practice and patience with yourself in order to learn. Here at the Cheltenham Academy self defence is a thread that runs through everything that we do. Although those who choose to embark upon the path of an expert, will also learn from a more diverse range of martial arts skill sets, though all teachings are ultimately relevant to the street defence landscape.
How far you develop your expertise is your choice. From the basics of combative street safety, to gradings and ultimately the coveted Black Belt and beyond, our classes can suit your needs, ability's and ambitions.