Close Quarters Combat Academy

Close Quarters Combat Academy

5.0 (13)
Best of 2020
2 hires on
1 employee
6 years in business

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Close Quarters Combat Academy offers reality based Self-Defense classes in a fun cooperative environment. We believe that everyone has the right to defend themselves and money shouldn’t keep you from learning to protect yourself. That is why we offer affordable, high quality classes for the average man and woman. You don’t have to be strong or in great shape to use our Self-Defense system. 

I love helping empower people. I believe that Self-Defense is a fundamental right of every woman, man, and child. I believe everyone is entitled to live a life without fear of becoming a victim of violence. It is so rewarding to hear people tell me they started lessons with me to learn Self-Defense, but gained: self confidence, dignity, self compassion, better health, better relationships, better mobility, a better relationship with their body, Self-Defense skill and much more.

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Ann Arbor, MI 48108
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13 Reviews


  • Ann Espinoza

    This was so awesome! He came to our house and did semi-private lessons. It was a deal and a half--worth every penny. The instructor was professional and thorough. Thanks!

  • Miranda Miller

    I have an amazing time every week. The atmosphere is very relaxed and fun but that doesn’t distract from how much I am learning. Taqqee is very nice and personable and explains everything easily. The more experienced students are also happy to help whenever I need it. I highly recommend Taqqee and close quarter combat academy if you’re looking to learn self defense and have a fun time doing it!

  • Tohfa

    Everyone is very friendly and you are able to ask as many questions as you need. I like that you learn basic movements and then a variety of techniques that can be added, and that way I can always find something that works for me.

  • Marie Davenport

    They encourage you to think and implement up close self defense strategies. What do you have available and how can you use it? For example if your hands are bound or if someone has you in a head lock. Potential countermoves if you are seemingly physically disadvantaged. It took years before I found a self-defense class to join again. I would observe schools that are doing fantastic financially but they risked the art. CQC gives U art, science, and reality.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

For Group Class:

New students are paired with myself or another senior student. We go over basic blocks, and footwork. Once a basic foundation is established I teach the principles that the system is founded on. The E.A.T.T. (evade, attack, take balance, takedown) principle is the core formula for our Self-Defense system. Self-preservation is the primary goal. Techniques are interchangeable but the principles are what make the system so effective. Then I begin to build the core skill set of the cqc system.

For Private Students:

I do a movement assessment to find out what their level of physical ability is as well as any prior skill sets they may have. I also have a detailed and candid conversation with them about their goals and expectations. It is important to know what motivates them to seek lessons and what they want to learn. Then I tailor fit a training program to them based on their skill and fitness level to optimize the time it takes them to develop proficiency in a core skill set. One they become accustomed to the core movement patterns and have become profient in basic skills I allow them to pressure test those skills to build confidence; before expanding the scope of their training.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have been studying martial arts for over 15 years. I have a background in Judo, BJJ, Hapkido, Kali, and Silat. I am profient with a variety of traditional martial arts weapons as well as improvised weapons; such as sticks, knives, bats, guns, ropes/cords, bottles scarves, and hat's. I participate yearly in several full contact fighting events in which weapons are allowed. I do this to test what technique work best to defend against a variety of different types of weapons and attackers. 

How did you get started teaching?

I got started teaching martial arts after several female friends asked me about Self-Defense techniques following a violent encounter. After I shared my knowledge with them both urged me to start teaching other people and offer my services to the greater community. Martial arts has always been a passion of mine so the transition into teaching came easily for me. However I wasn' prepared for the gratitude my students have shown me over the years. Heart warming stories about triumph, self discovery, letters and heart to heart conversations. I truly feel blessed to be able to make such a profound and positive affect on so many people's lives.

What types of students have you worked with?

I work with men and women of all ages and physical abilities. Because I have such an extensive background in many different martial arts. I can adapt my teaching style to accommodate anybody type. I have even taught individuals with disabilities.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I recently had a student tell me that they were able to find the confidence to stand up for theirself to a overbearing/bullying family member. That makes me so happy. Learning Self-Defense teaches you physical skills but it also empowers you mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

I would tell them to find an instuctor that doesnt only offer physical training. To find an instructor that understands the psychological/emotional aspects of Self-Defense and violence. Find an instructor that is trauma conscious that has a background in many different martial arts. No one style has the answer to potential types of attackers. I would also advise women to find an instructor that understands that women experiece violence in  our society differently then men do.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

I encourage students to have a clear cut goal and reason to start training. Learning a martial art is different than learning Self-Defense. MMA, Boxing and BJJ are amazing sports and martial arts. However they have rules and regulations to protect participnts. Those rules don't apply on the street. Criminals use weapons, ambush, double teaming, and all sorts of tactics to get an adantage. You must know whether you want to learn an art or learn what it takes to go home safe if you are attacked.