Take Control with Self Defense

self defense logoA program designed to help you prevent, deter, overcome, and conquer assaults both in and outside of the home.

Take Control is a comprehensive self-defense course designed to teach participants how to manage various situations in order to keep themselves, as well as their family, safe when facing danger.

Complete the "Get Started Today" form for more information on joining our Take Control classes!

Participants will learn how to:
  • Take control of their surroundings.
  • Protect themselves from danger.
  • Protect their home and family.
  • Defend from an attacker.
  • React to various dangerous situations.
  • Gain empowerment by taking control of their own safety.
  • And more.
You will learn various techniques for:
  • Breaking grips
  • Striking
  • Joint manipulation
  • Using everyday objects as weapons
  • Weapons Defense
  • Ground Defense
  • And so much more!

Upcoming Take Control Events - For info on upcoming classes that are open to the public, Email Melissa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our FaceBook page www.facebook.com/TakeControlSelfDefense/. New classes covering various topics are scheduled regulary. If you don't see a topic you would like covered, let us know!


Interested in our Private Individual or Group Options? Ask about our personalized group Safety and Self Defense Classes. Our certified Instructors will come to your home or office with a class personalized to your needs! Give us a call at 919-876-8898 or email Melissa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to schedule a unique class for you, your friends, family or coworkers.  

1melissaMeet Take Control Instructor Melissa Palmer

Melissa teaches karate, jujitsu, and self-defense at Karate International. Being an independent female who enjoys traveling and doing activities on her own, she realized the importance and freedom of knowing how to protect herself. Her extensive studies in karate, jujitsu, judo, and Iaido, paired with her background in performing arts, makes her classes not only informative but entertaining and fun as well. Melissa graduated from Meredith College in 1999 with a music degree and has had the privilege to return to Meredith College as an adjunct instructor to teach Karate and Take Control Self Defense. Her students find the warrior in themselves, but also discover a base of supportive and encouraging peers. 

Is your organization looking for a Group Self Defense talk or class?  Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for scheduling. 


"As a Self Defense expert - I would recommend thatwomen in particluar, take an on-going martial arts program to develop true self defense skills. Find a martial arts program that has some female leadership and is clean and professional. Make sure they have a flexible schedule and convenient location for you. Make this a gift you give yourself - learn to protect yourself, get fit and enjoy yourself in this new pursuit!" - Kathy Olevsky, 8th Degree Black Belt