Modern Self-Defense

Modern Self-Defense



Modern Self-Defense has been offering private lessons, group classes, and seminars & workshops in Self-Defense, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & No-Gi Grappling, Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do, Boxe Francaise Savate French Kickboxing, and other Martial Arts to the Middletown, Connecticut area since 2002.

Dedicated to finding the most effective approaches to training in the world, Chris Martell has devoted his life to sharing these methods with anyone who wants to improve their personal safety. Chris is also the author of the book "Knack: Self-Defense for Women", published in 2011 and available at bookstores everywhere.

Join us for safe, friendly, and highly effective training today!

I'm thrilled to share the benefits of healthy, pro-social methods of self-protection and personal safety with the members of my community. Whether I work with a student only 1 time, or regularly for years and years, I'm committed to making sure that they're a little bit safer (and a little bit healthier) each time we finish. Please feel welcome to reach out and tell me how I can be of service to you.


21 years in business
Serves New Britain , CT

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We pride ourselves on custom tailoring the highly effective training we offer to the needs of each student who comes to us.  Whether you're a natural athelte or a couch potato, whether you're looking for a basic course or the entire library, we're happy to help you take the next step from where you are right now.  

Chris has been training in the Martial Arts since 1986.  He holds 4 black belts and teaches 10 different arts and approaches.  Additionally, he has also taught in the school system (3 years of middle school math) and is professional ballroom dancer - he was the staff trainer at 4 different studios in CT and MA.  In short - he loves to help people learn something new, and he nerds out over finding the best ways to create capable students in less time.   

Private Lessons are available throughout central CT and beyond, at your location or at our facility in New Britain.  In-home lessons are $120/hr (total) for 1-4 participants.  If you're coming to us, half hour lessons ($60) are also available.  

Group classes are taught through Adaptive Movement Parkour in New Britain, and schedules and pricing are on the website:

Over the years I've had students of every level of experience, from "never even thought about doing this before" to "training to be the next Ultimate Fighter".  

I've had casual clients who do this for recreation; professional clients who need this for work in security, the military, or law enforecement; and clients with serious personal situations that required immediate and swift training.  I'm happy to serve any needs that you have. 

It is my pleasure to work with clients of all levels of ability - and even disability.  My role is to help you find solutions that will be useful to you in whatever situation you aim to address.  

Services offered

Mixed Martial Arts