This is a great school for people who are serious about learning real world self defense techniques. The instructor is extremely knowledgeable and is very approachable. He is also good at making each class meaningful for all skill levels. If you come to this school with the intent of learning real, useable skills, you will not be disappointed."

Brandon Gilmore

Welcome to  The School of Self Defense.


Combative Defense System

Stick and Knife Fighting

wing Chun

Jeet Kune Do Kick Boxing


jeet kune do grappling


Private Lessons

Special Events and Semiinars

The School of Self Defense teaches the best Martial Arts in Indianapolis for an affordable price. We teach a no-nonsense system of self defense that views each student as an individual. We are not looking to teach you techniques that will take you years to master, instead we want you to learn something that you can use the minute you step out of class. 


The School of Self Defense has been running since 2008! We have run self defense classes and seminars for companies such as Eli Lilly, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Gameworks Studio Family Fun Center. You may have also seen us featured on several TV stations including: WTHR Channel 13 News,  Fox 59 News, and Inside Indy on Channel 40.

Do you want to know more about our business and the Martial Arts in Indianapolis? Get detailed information here. Learn more about us and meet our dedicated staff. Check us out for FREE by signing up for a Free Introduction Class!  We're looking forward to training with you!


Where to Find Us:

The School of Self Defense

Location: Destination Health

11495 N Pennsylvania St. #100, Carmel IN 46032

Phone: 317 373-8086

E-Mail: Click Here

Combative Defense System

Experience a revolutionary way of learning self defense that will train you to fight in the way that works best for your personal body type and skill set.

"The instruction is high quality, tailored to students' individual needs and the instructor has truly built a community among the students"

- Heather Beers  

"Michael is a wonderful instructor. My daughter did great with his instruction." 

-Jenny Ward

"Techniques you can use day one! Great energy and great atmosphere."

Rob Weeden

" He uses cutting edge educational learning systems that utilize muscle grouping and training that builds a solid foundation allowing the student to learn and grow quickly and effectively."

- Bryndon Preston

"The instruction is phenomenal. Also, not only is the instructor a beast, he's one of the nicest and realest guys I've ever met in the martial arts world."

- Abraham Muhammad

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