"Michael Valenti is a very respectful and skilled instructor. I felt welcomed and comfortable from the moment I walked in the door. The 'progressive self defense' system is the real deal, too. This isn't a 1-hour 'kick 'em in the balls' seminar, this is a heavily tested and scrutinized system of fighting, drawing from high level BJJ, Kenpo, and other martial arts."
The School of Self Defense prides itself on providing the highest quality instruction in a fun and welcoming environment. The school was founded by Michael Valenti, a 20 plus year veteran of the martial arts world.
Looking at the various martial arts schools around the country, Michael saw many teachers who were experts in martial arts for sports and history, but noted that very few martial arts schools focused their curriculum toward real world self defense. Instead, these school’s self defense programs where side projects and short term classes that only covered a few of the countless self defense scenarios he felt people should know. He founded The School of Self Defense in order to educate the public on all aspects of self defense including stand fighting, ground fighting, situational awareness, conflict de-escalation, and local law. This school is perfect for someone who wants to take their self protection seriously, and does not want it to be a side project.
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-Founder of the Combative Defense System
-Certified Instructor of Jeet Kune Do Concepts
-Certified Instructor of Self Defense Kenpo
-Certified United States Martial Arts Association Instructor
-4th Degree Black Belt in Kenpo
-Red Sash (Instructor black belt) In Wing Chun Kung Fu
-1st Degree Black Belt in Free Style Judo
-Over 20 years of martial arts experience including Boxing, Kali,Judo and Gracie Jiu Jitsu
Michael Valenti started training in the martial arts at the young age of 8. However, unlike most children that start martial arts, Mr. Valenti never quit. By the age of 15 he was studying several Martial Arts Styles including Jiu-Jitsu and Kung Fu.
It was around the age of 16 that he was introduced to Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do Concepts and began to apply its philosophies to every Martial Art he studied.
Between the ages of 16 and 20 Michael Valenti began challenging local martial artist and hosting weekly “fight nights” to further hone his skills. In that time, he never lost a single challenge match.
Moving from Mississippi to Indiana, Michael begin training in a hybrid style of Kenpo. It was here that he was finally met with the challenge that he was looking for. After suffering a defeat by one of the school’s instructors, Mr. Valenti devoted himself to learning everything the organization had to offer. In the years that followed, he added Kenpo, Kali, Boxing, and Muay Thai Kick Boxing to his arsenal of fighting styles. In addition it was here that Michael continued his studies of Jeet Kune Do and Jiu-Jitsu.
On April 17, 2007 Mr. Valenti became an Apprentice Instructor of the school. In March of the next year he was promoted to a Level One Instructor and shortly after he was promoted once more to Full Instructor in Jeet Kune Do Concepts.
During that time Michael Valenti was developing a hybrid of Kenpo, Jiu-Jitsu, and Jeet Kune Do concepts. It was on the 1st of January, 2009 that he was given a certificate of acknowledgement for developing a Jiu-Jitsu based self defense fighting curriculum for that school. It was this project that eventually led to him developing the Combative Defense System.
After leaving the school to pursue his dream of opening his own Martial Arts School, Michael continued his studies by focusing his attentions on Judo and Wing Chun. On June 1st 2013 the International Wing Chun Martial Arts Association awarded Mr. Valenti the highest belt in the Association: Red Sash. In April of 2018 he received his Black Belt in Freestyle Judo.
Mr. Valenti continues to train regularly in Kali, Silat, and Jeet Kune Do under Guru Dan Inosanto (head instructor under Bruce Lee)
He currently teaches four classes a week in on the North Side of Indianapolis . His focus has always been to provide the best self defense to his students and never try to force them into a mold that they don't belong to. The best way to describe his teaching method is to use his own words: "Good Self Defense is simple, easy to learn, and is very seldom pretty. Its not enough to ask 'does this work', one must always ask 'does this work best.' You must never let tradition get in the way of progress."
The School of Self Defense
Location: Fit Body Gym
1021 W Main St. Carmel, IN 46032
Phone: 317 373-8086
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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."
"Techniques you can use day one! Great energy and great atmosphere."
" 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