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 to sign up for our Take Control class today!

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.
  • And more.
You will learn various techniques for:
  • Breaking grips
  • Striking
  • Joint manipulation
  • Using everyday objects as weapons
  • Weapons Defense

Upcoming Take Control Events  

♥Thursday, February 15, 2018 7:00pm-8:00pm   
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Fleet Feet Sports – North Raleigh Store, 8511-140 Colonnade Center Drive, Raleigh
Topic:  Learn how to use a Kubaton and other everyday objects for Self Defense


♥Thursday, February 22, 2018 7:00pm-8:00pm   
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Fleet Feet Sports – Ridgewood Store, 3532 Wade Avenue, Raleigh
Topic:  Effective Striking for Self Defense


♥Thursday, March 13, 2018 7:00pm-8:00pm   
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Fleet Feet Sports – Morrisville Store, 3027 Market Center Drive, Morrisville
Topic:  Joint Manipulation, overpower an opponent regardless of size


♥Thursday, April 24, 2018 7:00pm-8:00pm   
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Fleet Feet Sports – Ridgewood Store, 3532 Wade Avenue, Raleigh
Topic:  Prevention and Basic Grip Breaking





 Ask about our in-home group Safety and Self Defense Classes - call Melissa at 919-624-1304 to schedule
Our certified Instructors will come to your home or office to do a 1.5 hour class personalized to your needs! 

Group Self Defense classes are $15/person.


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