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  • Are you looking for the best in self-defense instruction?
  • Are you looking for effective and competent self-defense techniques?
  • Do you want to learn an authentic martial art in a positive, safe, and competition-free environment?
  • Are you looking for mature, well-educated and experienced instructors?
  • Do you want a professional, high-quality program for you and your family?

If this is the case, then you have found these things at the Wyndham Academy of Self-Defense.

Our academy specializes in the martial art of Nihon Goshin Aikido (“NGA”) which is a traditional Japanese martial art, designed specifically for practical self-defense. NGA includes the best self-defense techniques from Aikido, Judo, Jiu-Jitsu,  and Karate to form a powerful and very well rounded martial art.

There are no tournaments or competitions in Nihon Goshin Aikido. Instead, we emphasize the physical (balance, coordination, and good health), the mental (thoughtful positive reaction and response), and encourage positive  emotional development (peace of mind, stress reduction, and temperate behavior) along with street effectiveness. Our training methods are effective, realistic, and proven to work. They are flexible, adaptable to each situation, and simple — anyone can do it — size and strength are not required.

Adult classes, Youth classes, Women’s Self-Protection classes, and Personal Security courses are just a few of our services. We also offer special on-site programs for colleges, churches, youth organizations, and local businesses.

Our dojo has been in continuous operation in Spartanburg, SC since 1980, making it the longest active dojo of NGA in the United States. Our chief instructor has over 34 years of experience combined with his Black Belt instructors who have over 50 years of combined experience in NGA with some holding Black Belt rank or higher in other traditional martial arts as well.

All classes are taught in a professional and safe manner by our certified instructors.

We welcome you to our website and invite you to view our program information, instructor biographies and more. For more information about our school, please click on the menu at the top of the page.  Please feel free to communicate with the chief instructor and stop by to observe a class or join us on the mats with a free introductory class at any time.

About

Wyndham Academy of Self Defense, (formerly the Aikido Academy of Self-Defense) has been in continuous operation since 1980.

Our school is located at 4249 North Blackstock Road in Spartanburg, SC just off I-85 Business.  For a map to our school, click on the Contact us page.

We offer classes for children, youth, and adults of all ages.  Our curriculum includes practical self-defense techniques designed to be extremely effective in all situations.  In addition to learning self defense techniques, students benefit from greater self-confidence,  a strong sense of duty, honor, self-respect, and healthy respect for themselves and others.

Safety and professional instruction are our hallmarks.  Each of our instructors are individually certified; with most having more than five years of practical teaching experience.  Instructors strive to maintain an environment that is exciting, fun, and safe for all students.

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Goals and Benefits

Goals of the Wyndham Academy

  • The training is geared to the average person
  • Well organized program of instruction
  • Practical study of techniques that include many Martial Arts
  • Ending or avoidance of confrontation and conflict
  • Entertaining and friendly learning environment
  • Conducted in an atmosphere of trust with an emphasis on safety
  • Camaraderie with fellow practitioners
  • Each of us are unique – we learn at different levels and speeds. That is how we teach.

Benefits of training at the Wyndham Academy

  • Effective self-defense techniques (realistic, proven to work)
  • Flexible (adapts to various situations)
  • Simple (anyone can do it – strength and size not required)
  • Comprehensive (covers all proven methods of response)
  • Stress Reduction (channeling energy in a positive way)
  • Health and fitness (feeling and looking well)
  • Self Defense Skill (peace of mind)
  • Compassion and Justice (temperate behavior)
  • Positive state of mind (improved outlook on life in a stressful world)

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers:

Why Self-Defense is needed –  Unfortunately, The world can be a very dangerous place. We all hope to live our lives without any serious physical threat from another person or persons.  In the USA, the definition of violent crime includes murder, rape, physical assault, robbery and sexual assault. Information about violent crime and murder is obtained on a yearly basis from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, and the latest report shows a marked increase in violent crime since 2017.

We at the Wyndham academy feel that developing competent skills to thwart violent crime is without a doubt the most important endeavor a human being can do for themselves.  It is the ultimate “insurance policy” or “Ace in the hole”.

When you need this knowledge, it is the most important thing you can know, in that one moment in your lifetime

Nothing else can save you.  Criminals are cunning and don’t wait until you are safe and protected, they attack when you are vulnerable and alone. They have no sense of fairness or compassion and are most likely psycho or sociopathic. Almost all conditions of the attack are in their favor; they choose the target (you), the place, the time, the type of attack and the element of surprise.  They can also bring weapons and/or accomplices with them to overwhelm you.

Statistically, no one will be coming to your rescue.  There will be no cavalry coming over the hill to save you! Either you will protect yourself and survive the attack or you will suffer the devastating consequences of being unprepared, like so many others in the past.

All of us at the Wyndham Academy choose to be properly prepared!

Why would I want to learn Aikido? – In addition to being an excellent form of self-defense, Aikido training can provide significant benefits in the areas of self improvement and physical fitness.

Can visitors observe a class? – We encourage anyone interested in training to come by and visit us.  Visitors are welcome to stop by, observe a class and ask questions of the instructor. Also, please check our introductory class offer by clicking the tab above. Please fill out and send the Contact us form to let us know you are coming by.  Class schedules are here.

Is Aikido an effective form of self-defense? – Training in NGA can provide you with a wide range of techniques designed to defend against chokes, grabs, strikes, kicks, knife and club attacks from one opponent or multiple opponents. Aikido techniques are well suited for self-defense as they allow a practitioner to effectively control a stronger or larger opponent. Please note that while Aikido can be a potent form of self-defense, the art is technically complex and will require dedication and sustained training to gain proficiency.

Can women learn Aikido, and use it effectively for self-defense? – NGA is an excellent martial art for women, in that it’s techniques do not rely on strength or size.  Aikido training will provide women with a portfolio of exceptional self-defense techniques as well as increasing muscle tone, flexibility, posture, and overall fitness.

Do you have any classes for children?  Yes, we offer classes for youth ages 6 to 12.  Click HERE for class times.

Is Aikido an effective means of improving physical fitness? – Most students find that Aikido training yields benefits in the areas of flexibility, strength, posture, and body awareness. As students become comfortable with the movements involved in Aikido practice, the speed and intensity of the training can increased to provide an excellent cardiovascular workout as well as allowing development of increased muscle tone and speed.

Do I need to be in great physical condition in order to learn Aikido? – Students can begin training in almost any physical condition. If you have a unique physical condition or restriction, please contact us by email or phone. We will be happy to meet with you personally and evaluate your suitability for training.

Can older individuals (50+) learn and benefit from training in Aikido? – A number of our students in their 50s and 60s have made Aikido training an integral part of their lives. Because Aikido techniques rely primarily on proper timing, distance, and position, practitioners’ technique should improve with age and experience.  Many Aikido practitioners continue to practice and teach well into their 60’s and 70’s.

Is Aikido like the mixed martial arts (“MMA”) you see on TV? – While NGA could be described as a “mixed martial art” because it includes elements of throwing, grappling and striking arts, it is different because our focus is on real-world self-defense and not competition. Our philosophy is one of partnership, and we all work together to improve our skills; we do not compete against each other or other martial arts.

I have more questions, or I am interested in becoming a student. Whom do I contact?  Please visit the Contact Us page with any questions you may have.