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self defense training ashevilleWe 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


  • You are heading to college, out of country, or off to mission work.
  • You are vulnerable in your career (realtor, bank employee, social services, teacher, clergy).
  • You are in law enforcement, seeking effective empty-hand skills.
  • You just completed gun training, sensing the enormous responsibility of carrying… shooting?
  • You are noticing increased crime in your daily environment?

Double Edge Self Defense teaches critical skills, quickly.

Learn the tools to save your life in the moment of chaos.

Our Training Promise: a highly effective, focused, safe environment.

What Our Students Say:

After just one class, I realized I had a huge gap in my understanding of violence. I was shocked. This is all so in-your-face, this training. Everybody needs this experience!

J. Kelly, Apr., 2015

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 •