After only coming a month I feel I have learned so much and look forward to learning so much more. Salem Self Defense is a great school, and the instructors are very knowledgeable and friendly.
Ben S.,
Salem Self Defense changed my life. Not only did I lose weight and become healthier, but my confidence has increased dramatically. I have learned so much, not only about self-defense but about determination and pushing myself to my fullest potential.
Adam S.,
I have been a police officer for thirteen years, and have consistantly trained in different styles of martial arts for the last twenty six years. Krav Maga incorporates training particularly relavent to law enforcement: low light conditions, ambush scenarios where you have to fight from a position of disadvantage, engaging unarmed opponents who suddenly arm themselves causing you to reassess the threat, and extracting yourself from multiple opponents to a position of advantage. I highly recommend training at the SSDC…
Frank W,
I am very quick to talk up my lifestyle change (not diet!) and its role in my recent success. I can’t give it 100% credit. Lee @ Salem Self Defense has also played a big role in my change. If there is any goal you have in mind be it Self defense, strenghth weight loss or overall fitness, try out a class and see what they can offer you.
Alex G.,
Lee, Kevin, and Crew are outstanding instructors! The training is intense and challenging every time you hit the mat! If you are about hard work, dedication, and a disciplined but fun environment then salem Self Defense Center is where you want to be. Thanks to everyone at Salem SDC!
Steve S.,
I wanted to thank you for creating such an open and friendly atmosphere at The Salem Self Defense Center. Despite the brutal nature of our training, you two couldn’t be more friendly or approachable. The rewards have been immense! My fellow classmates and new friends are a FANTASTIC bunch of characters! I have gained inches around my chest and arms, lost inches around the waist, and the core strengthening has helped me manage my lower back pain. Your instruction breeds confidence, and I am NEVER bored with class.> Thanks again so much, for everything!
George H.,
Great workout for the body, soul, and mind.
Jeff G.,
I have been a police officer for over ten years. The effectiveness of Krav Maga in my experience has ranged from a 6 on 1 bar melee’ to restaining a psych patient without injuring myself or the patient. In law enforcement solutions are rarely simple, but the solution to self defense and fitness is simply Krav Maga.
Eric C,
Came for a workout, to lose weight, and get in shape. I Came away with confidence and a proven self defense method for today’s world.
Alex G.,
If you want to get in the best shape of your life and learn the best self defense system in the world, then Salem Krav Maga is for you. I have been a runner and triathlete for a long time. I have done a lot of marathons and triathlons, including 4 Ironmans. This year, I was looking to change things up a bit and gain some upper body strength. I thought of cross-fit, but anyone can just lift weights. I remembered reading an article about Krav Maga years ago so I figured I would give it a try. After my first class I was hooked.
I am a 44 year old woman (pretty clumsy and uncoordinated) and it took some courage for me to walk into the class for the first time. I had no clue what to expect. Lee was the instructor that day, and he and everyone in the class made me feel welcome. I didn’t even know how to make a fist (shouldn’t everyone know how to do that??). I left the class and wasn’t sure if it was going to be “enough” of a workout. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
I have been a member for six weeks and am amazed at the gains in strength I have made in that short of time. Because the moves use your whole body, everything gets stronger. It is an incredible cardio workout. My upper body is getting much stronger, my coordination is getting better, and I am learning how to defend myself. Because of things that have happened to me in the past, my first instinct when someone puts their hands on me is to freeze. I am learning to get over that and learning how to fight back.
Lee and Kevin are great instructors. I have tremendous respect for what they do. They are both experts at Krav, but most importantly they know how to teach it correctly. They will show you as many times as necessary until you “get” it. Not everyone has the patience to do that, and do it well.
Krav Maga really has it all. It is a great stress reliever, a great cardio workout, it works all your muscles, gives you more self confidence, and it teaches you a ton of self defense techniques that are applicable in real life. While I find that I work hard during class, I always have fun and get in a few laughs. I encourage everyone to try it out. It is the best investment you could ever make in yourself.

Christine C.,
Krav Maga is the ultimate conditioning & self defense experience; absolutely the BEST workout of my life! Not only has Krav given me the awareness, ability, & self confidence to defend myself should I ever need to, it has totally re-defined my body in the process. I am in the best shape of my life and I have the self esteem to match. Thanks Salem Self Defense!
Dannette D.,
If you are looking for somewhere free of ego’s Salem Self Defense Center is the place. I have never seen a group of people so talented, with so much confidence, but free of arrogance or attitude. I started at SSDC with little martial arts background, and almost no conditioning for the type of training we were doing. The staff and students at SSDC helped me learn the craft and continue to help me challenge both my mental and physical fitness, as well as my Krav Maga technique. It’s a great feeling to have the confidence of knowing what to do in a bad situation, to train to know what to do to go home safe, and to have fun doing it!
Rick D.,
Salem Self Defense Center is a great place to train. The classes are a very good workout and the instructors are challenging. I’ve yet to meet a person who trains here with a bad attitude. In just 5 months I’ve learned a lot about Krav and myself.
Justin H,
Salem Self Defense isn’t just about learning to defend your self, it’s about using those skills responsibly. This program has been the best decision I have ever made. To be a part of an outstanding group of people while learning Krav Maga is one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.
Andrew G.,
My experience of two years at SDC has gone beyond learning Krav Maga. The conditioning that comes with it has gotten me in the best shape of my life (no need for additional boring gym work), and the staff, Lee, Kevin and Paul, have created a great social environment. It’s a bad day when I can’t get to SDC for a work out!
Tom L.,