Self-Defense Workshops for Schools

Learn useful self-defense concepts and skills from a dedicated professional

Specializing in helping middle school and high school students.

Mr Keeling has taught THOUSANDS of middle school and high school students in Silicon Valley and often spends much of the winter quarter teaching at a variety of schools who bring him in through their PE departments. He has successfully taught groups of 150+ students simultaneously to help schools to be more efficient. Students love the training and the discussion stimulates thoughts about how to keep safe in general, deal with bullying, etc.


Learn about

  • Creating & maintaining awareness of your surroundings
  • Verbal de-escalation
  • Strategies for avoiding confrontation
  • Most important weapons for self-defense
  • Considering exit and entry strategies
  • Simple example physical practice (intensity & duration can be adjusted; 5 minutes to several hours)

Customized one-off self-defense seminars are also available.

Also available for Safety Review of campus as part of a review of School Safety Plan with administrators / school safety committee. Mr Keeling has done work with disaster preparation/planning and mental health support.

Expert Instructor

All self-defense seminars are taught by Silicon Valley Karate LLC Chief Instructor Jon Keeling directly. He does not delegate these to junior instructors. Sensei Keeling has been teaching traditional Karate since 1984 and self-defense since 1989 and teaches the self-defense course at Stanford University. The author of over 100 articles relating to karate, he has studied a variety of other martial arts and has an international reputation for particular focus on practical applications in the martial arts. As for self-defense-specific training, he has taken many in-depth/advanced courses, including “Violence Dynamics” and Rory Miller’s “Instructor Development Course.” Read more about Mr Keeling here and here.

A few self-defense tips