experts in effective self defence

Self defence classes for men, women & children in

Poole & Bournemouth

Krav Maga is the most effective self defence and fitness training system in the UK today
— The Sunday Times

We are Tracy and Darren of South Coast Self Defence, we are both fully qualified instructors and trained at Krav Maga and Darren also at Karate. 

Adults self defence

Adult Classes

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Children's self defence in Poole and Bournemouth

Children's Classes

we're specialists in teaching self defence to children


What is Krav Maga?

We're often asked that question and in a nutshell it's a highly effective, highly efficient form of self-defence.  Originally taught to the military in the newly founded state of Israel, it has since been modified so it may be taught to law enforcement, civilians and children.  Krav Maga is based on the natural responses we have which is why it is simple to learn.  There are four pillars to the system: technical, tactical, physical, mental.  We need to work on all four to progress through our training, and classes reflect this. With the rise in interest in MMA and BJJ, Krav Maga is becoming more well known and is often described as a martial art.  Though there are similarities, in Krav Maga there are no competitions or sporting elements - thus it is a pure self-defence system.


What they say...

My daughter has been here since the start and she loves it, i do Krav Maga and think it is great that there is a children’s class in local area.
— Paul Russell
Krav Maga has been amazing for both my boys. It’s has made such a difference to there confidence, attitude and I can’t recommend Tara or her classes enough. Brilliant way to learn how to be safe but have fun in the process.
— Ellie Kingswell
Tara is an excellent teacher and you should bring your kids along and she will teach them to be safe
— Norm Benezra