Keys To Self Defense

Keys To Self Defense

5.0 (6)
45 years in business

About this pro

    Hi, this is Chris Keys.  Since the 1980s I have participated in various types of interventions/rescues. I have been involved in the fighting arts  since the 70s with many  years of  experience in boxing mixed with training in kickboxing, kenpo, and JKD.  My primary focus now  is reality fighting/myth busting,tools of a fighter, and rape prevention. I am passionate about helping men women and children to survive realistic situations  and to help, men especially, to gain the tools necessary to intervene for others and not just be  observers. I am also an experienced victim counselor, approaching the pain, confusion, and  trauma from a Christian perspective.  I’ve worked with everyone from children to soldiers, first timers to the very experienced.  Many references available on request. Call anytime for a phone consultation . Thanks, and look forward to helping you be  better prepared to protect yourself and others in a culture that has become increasingly brutal. 

Training men to leave "virtual" manhood, to be protectors and to watch them become more formidable fighters. I also enjoy helping women as well as men, gain the tools to survive dangerous or brutal encounters. Seeing people gain a confidence that is based on reality, not just certificates.

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Houston, TX 77068
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6 Reviews


  • Gaby

    I recommend Mr. Keys because he is very knowledgeable and also realistic about the types of situations one can face and how to approach them. Just as important, he cares deeply about people and is passionate about this work!!

  • Cameron

    Highly experienced in boxing and self defense/street fighting. Nothing fancy. Down to earth, practical training style.

  • An Nguyen

    He loves martial arts, and knows what he's talking about. He constantly finds ways to improve his craft in everyday life, making it practical. 1st class instructor.

  • Andy Winniford

    Chris has a wealth of experience and shares it in a helpful and encouraging way. I highly recommend him!

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

    I like to help the student assess his or her current abilities, fitness level,  and goals, and  then go over the path I see  that will be most helpful to them.  Everyone is a little different and I don't do a "cookie cutter" approach. Seeing what “tools“ they have to work with and which ones they need to learn. 

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

  I trained in boxing to a professional level in Los Angeles and Long Beach California  I became a certified fitness trainer through the National Federation of Professional Trainers. I trained in Kenpo Karate and Jeet Kune Do as well for a more thorough look at my history please request a list of recommendations.

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

Prices will vary depending on goals, location and duration of lessons. You will always get more than your moneys worth and have my full attention.

How did you get started teaching?

Training friends in my youth to fight back against bullies. Something I did many times, into adulthood. With fighting  success and a growing reputation, I was continually asked "teach me how to fight". 

What types of students have you worked with?

  Men and women, boys and girls, police officers and soldiers, both beginners and experienced fighters.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I have volunteered teaching self-defense at a fundraiser for a young man dying of cancer, also raising funds to fight human trafficking.

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

    What are my specific goals ? Self defense, fitness,  preparedness , fighting sports, assault recovery, being able to protect others, fighting philosophy,  toughening up , weapons training, etc.