A.C.W.A. Self Defense Academy

A.C.W.A. Self Defense Academy

5.0Exceptional(6 reviews)
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The truth is that most sport/traditional martial arts do little to prepare you for a real world violent confrontation in a timely manner. You need to be safe now, not years from now! This is why our material is instinctual, easy to learn, and addresses the problems we face today. Reality demands practical, no nonsense solutions that can be used by anyone, anytime, anywhere. Come see for yourself why so many people are moving from traditional arts to our reality-based system. No silly outfits, no outdated traditions, no games, just the skills you need to get you home safe.

“Getting you home safe is our #1 Priority”

I enjoy helping others live the life they were ment to without fear.


Hired 6 times
1 employee
18 years in business
Serves Richardson , TX
Offers online services

Payment methods

Credit Card, Venmo, Paypal

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Student's age

5 – 10 years old, 11 – 13 years old, 14 – 18 years old, 19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old

Disciplines interested in

I can make a recommendation, Mixed Martial Arts, Jiu Jitsu, Karate, Kickboxing or Muay Thai, Taekwondo, Krav Maga

Experience level

No experience, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


For self defense, Building strength and confidence, Developing discipline, Improving physical health

Class type

Private training, Group classes

Number of students

1 person, 2 people, 3 - 4 people, 5 or more people

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  • Reviews

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    Daniel T.

    Our philosophy and principals of self defense are in agreement. Due to some previously scheduled surgery I only just attended my first private lesson. The facility is excellent, the breadth of training available is ample, and the techniques concentrate on complementing the bodys natural reaction to sudden threat stimulus and concentrate on gross motor skills rather than complex techniques. This approach reduces reaction time vis a vis Hicks law and the OODA loop. I look forward to my next session. These skills can be learned by all, regardless of age, infirmity, or prior skill sets.
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    May 07, 2021
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    Shawn T.

    Both my husband & I started Self Defense lessons with Coach Justin; from the moment I walked in I felt comfortable around him. In the first lesson I went home feeling so much better. He is able to fit in a ton of information in one hour. He teaches you real life situations. Were very pleased with everything he has offered us & has taught us. I wouldnt chose a different instructor even if I could. I cant wait to see how far both my husband & I can go. Thank you Coach Justin for teaching us & continuing to teach us.
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    September 29, 2020
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    Robert S.

    A.C.W.A.s approach is multi-faceted. They address the mindset of both the attacker and the victim and teaches ways to avoid conflict by changing the dynamics. If confrontation is unavoidable, A.C.W.A. will equip you with multiple tools to efficiently defend yourself against one or more attackers. Practical stuff you can use instantly. The confidence you will exhibit after your first class is enough to ward off most attackers. You will learn the good components from every martial art without all of the showy stuff that simply doesnt work in the real world. A.C.W.A. is unique and superior to all other self defense schools.
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    January 19, 2020


    Lauren H.

    ACWA Self Defense is centered around the goal of getting yourself and your loved ones home safe. I like that it’s not a sport and that the Instructors are always willing to help find a solution to any situation I have questions about.
    The mechanics themselves are unique to anything I’ve seen before, all based off of natural body mechanics and physics. I found it to be something I could use immediately. Many of the different martial arts I’ve tried almost required you to study the art for years before you could actively defend yourself. At ACWA self-defense I walked out of the first class with mechanics I could use to keep myself safe.
    I could not recommend them more highly and I want every woman in my life to train here and learn this system.
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    January 10, 2020


    Ricky H.

    The experience is what I like most about A.C.W.A. I have been through many types of training through the military and some private training. In all of my previous experiences someone had to be a big shot or always outshine others. Not here, in the A.C.W.A. everyone is treated with mutual respect and love for not only self-defense but the art of training. I have never seen a class that trained so hard due to the motivation of everyone involved. With the common goal of helping everyone attain their best and great programs to fit everyones needs, this is the perfect place to find camaraderie and kick start your life with positive influence and practical training for real life scenarios. Also if youre a veteran you may seriously consider joining for the mental affects. I cant speak for everyone but it has greatly reduced my stress, anxiety, and given me greater understanding of my PTSD triggers.
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    January 10, 2020



    Ive loved every class so far and cant wait to do more! The techniques are practical and logical. I love that the trainers are patient and take the time to work with you one-on-one to go over things again and to answer questions. They work on rewiring your brain to use your natural instincts and turning them to your advantage. I like the personalized attention in each class; it doesnt matter how much experience you have - just join right in at any time.
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    January 10, 2020

    Frequently asked questions

    We work with each student in the capacity that is customized for their goals.

    Over 25 years of teaching reality-based self-defense.

    Each client has a different need, some come to us, some want us to come to them. Some are one time events, others are ongoing. Please contact us and we will be sure to quote exactly what you need!

    Services offered

    Mixed Martial Arts