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We live in a civilized, peaceful society -- most of the time.  And the victimization, we’re certain, will happen to someone else. Our violent response is seldom the answer, but sometimes it is the only answer -- to save our own life or protect a loved one. Double Edge Self Defense explores this dichotomy aggressively, including the   legal aspects   of inflicting serious injury during self defense.

Self defense and core fitness INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Richard Howell, Black Belt, 5th Degree in Karakido Martial Arts, with additional training in Commando Krav Maga, Integrated Combative Concepts, and Target Focus Training

"After it had been on my list, I finally started the self defense class after I was robbed.  I've always thought Asheville was a safe place and I realized I was pretty naive.  This class has really helped me feel in control of my mind and my body and has been a life changing experience in a short amount of time.  I have a lot of respect for DocHo and the way he teaches.  I just wish I had done this for myself earlier."              R. Weems



"I live, eat, and breathe martial arts. I’ve been involved off and on in several styles and techniques for over 8 years. Double Edge Self Defense is, hands down, the best martial arts program that I’ve ever participated in. Dr. Howell chains cardio, strength training, focused striking, and behavioral science together into a wonderful masterpiece of self-defense.

The workout portions are rewarding and test your limits, while the techniques are effective and teach control over your body and your opponent’s. But most importantly: These techniques will work! Dr. Howell knows body mechanics like few others, and he knows to get the maximum effect with minimal effort. If you are serious about self-defense, this class is for you!"

        A. McKnight


I've been attending Double Edge Self Defense for 6 months now and LOVE it!
The workout portion of class is challenging and fun and I'm MUCH stronger
and more athletic now than when I began. I hadn't been able to run for the
past 20 years due to a knee injury but I am now running stairs, doing core
exercises, and fighting off "attackers" much stronger than I am.

Doc Howell is an excellent instructor and he makes each class interesting as
we discuss and practice possible attack scenarios. He teaches both the
technique of injury as well as the psychological factors that typically
impact both the victim and the aggressor. ALL women, young and old, should
take this class!!!!!"

Janet Presson, R.N., M.Ed. 2015

Double Edge Self Defense • 201 East Chestnut Street • Asheville, NC 28801 • (828) 231-5179 •