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Training Philosophy

Krav Maga is meant to rapidly train combat troops in hand-to-hand combat in the shortest amount of time and from a position of disadvantage. In about twenty four training hours, the average person can be reasonably proficient in the basic techniques of Krav Maga. Since most attacks occur when the victim is at a disadvantage, Krav Maga training will include performing techniques while tired, encountering multiple opponents and employing empty-handed defenses against weapons. We recognize that everyone is an individual, so we prefer private training and small groups in order to effectively address the needs of each student.

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“A good tactic utilizies techniques and procedures that apply your own capabilities and strengths against your enemy’s limitations and weaknesses based on the environment and the terrain, while minimizing their potential to reverse the process.”

Michael R. Seeklander

Our Recipe

The techniques and training methods used by Townsend Defense are mainly sourced from Krav Maga but also include philosophies and techniques from Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Boxing.


Krav Maga

Krav Maga is the primary hand-to-hand combat system used by the Israeli Defense Force, and Israeli intelligence agencies and police.

Muay Thai

Muay Thai (The Art of Eight Limbs) is the cultural martial art of Thailand and is over 400 years old. The Muay Thai practitioner strikes with elbows, knees, fists, and shins to defeat the opponent.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a system of tactics and techniques used for fighting on the ground. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the preferred ground fighting method of Mixed Martial Arts fighters.

Western Boxing

Western Boxing (The Sweet Science) is a martial art that uses only the hands to strike opponents. To win a boxing match, the opponent must not be able to continue (Knock–Out or Technical Knock-Out) or you must earn more total points.

Armed Self Defense

Whether you have weapons or you have to disarm your opponent, Townsend Defense can teach you how to integrate the use of weapons into your self-defense system. Everyone who carries a weapon should know how to use it properly and train for usage in high-stress situations.


Individual Training

Individual Training



Small Groups

Small Groups


(per person per hour for 2 to 4 people)

Large Groups

Large Groups


(per person per hour for 5 to 10 people)


  • I highly recommend Townsend Defense! Everett Townsend helped me regain lost confidence after leaving an abusive relationship 4 years ago and it made all the difference in the world to me. I felt honored that he donated his time to help me. Thank you, Everett.
    Stephanie H.
  • "I love Townsend Defense! It has helped me not only learn how to fight but helped me fight through depression. I learn new techniques often and can’t wait to put them to action! This is more than just a hobby or something to do for me. It’s a new way to think and live, I enjoy training with Townsend Defense!"
  • "Hey Mr. Townsend, thank you so much for getting me in shape for college. I really feel like I can protect myself while I'm away from home. I love Krav Maga and I will definitely be back this fall."
  • "Training with Everett of Townsend Defense is an intense experience. Unlike typical martial arts training, involving rigid movements that have little real-world application outside of the dojo, he teaches you simple yet affective techniques that can be utilized in actual combat situations."
    Jason K.
  • "Everett is an awesome trainer, always pushing me to my capacity and using encouraging words that enable me to succeed. As a result, my fitness life has grown to be more consistent. I am seeing my body physically transform into a picturesque physique. Not only am I losing body fat, I am becoming toned, and gaining muscle in my upper body. The biggest benefit to training with Everett is the versatility; I am learning self defense, boxing, and some MMA techniques. He is awesome and I would recommend him to anyone."
    Sierhah P.
  • "Everett is a great self defense instructor. He's pragmatic, knowledgeable, and not least of all, a good guy. Everett truly employs the adage to incorporate what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is uniquely your own. I highly recommend training with him."
    Paul S.

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