Defensive Arts Plus

Defensive Arts Plus

4.8 (4)
1 hire on
1 employee
26 years in business

About this pro

Defensive Arts Plus provides a holisitc study of the martial arts, incorporating many aspects of training under a single set of philophies, called Kosho Shorei Ryu. Training includes striking, throwing, submission wrestling, weapons, Tai Chi, brush caligraphy, and more. Lern these combined arts in a small-school environment from a 5th Dan black belt, who does this not as an income source, but for the love of the art.

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Aston, PA 19014
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4 Reviews


  • Kara Terrell

    I like the individual attention that each student gets. Its a very family friendly environment.

  • Stephanie Shogren

    Frank has a broad and very deep understanding of Kosho. I really enjoyed exploring so many facets of the art- sparring, wrestling, katas, numerous weapons, Japanese culture, etc.- and was always surprised just how much he knew, loved, and was excited to pass on about each of them. Lessons were varied enough to be engaging but each aspect was regular enough that you felt constant progression. If you are a martial arts nerd like me, I highly recommend Defensive Arts Plus.

  • Kelsey Zimmerman

    Spent the better part of 10 years learning from Sensei Frank. His curriculum is chock full of things to learn! Caligraphy, healing arts, sparring, katas, swords, board breaking, and anything else you could ever want. Every week is something different, unlike other classes where its daily repetitive sessions based around the sams thing. I highly recommend!

  • Lisa Krautheim

    A wide variety of learning. Kangi, Kata, Nekomite and learning to defend yourself. Sorry about the spelling. My kids love this place and have learned so much. Especially not to use your lessons unless they a needed to protect themselves.


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

Since we train in a principle based art, many of our exercises can be performed by both beginner and advanced students, and they learn different things fomr the same exercises. However, we have  curriculum with specific progressive learning goals.

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

Over 28 years of martial arts training, 2 1st degree black belts and a 5th degree black belt.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$40/month, but that is negotiable for those who are on a lower budget.

How did you get started teaching?

At the end of my 7th year studying martial arts, I had to move back to PA, and my teacher asked me to share with others what I knew. After years of asistant teaching, I decided to commit myself to teaching what I know, while still learning, and i have continued to do so since then.

What types of students have you worked with?

I teach kids from 6 years up to adults in their 70's. All people, male or female, all races, are welcome to train with me in our common interest.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I have been recently teaching Kosho , including swordsmanship to my teacher's students in CT, to supplement what they already have learned fomr him. I find this a great honor, and enjoy sharing what I have learned with them.

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

Consider carefully what your trainign goals are as compared to those of the teachers you are looking at. Not all martial arts are a match for all martial arts students. There are many different goals to martial arts training, differing levels of impact, exercise, and intellectual/philosophical development that are emphasized.

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

Consider what you want out of your training. Are yo looking for an aerobic workout? Are you looking for self-defense? What level of imact/risk are you interested in? Match these goals with what the instructors appear to be focused on.