Hand to Hand Kajukenbo

Hand to Hand empowers and positively transforms individuals and communities to create a peaceful and just society through martial arts and self defense.

About Hand to Hand

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Hand to Hand provides traditional martial arts training and self-defense classes. The center was founded in 1980 by Professor Coleen Gragen and remains under the leadership of Chief Instructor Sonya Richardson. We teach adults of all genders and are affiliated with the Kajukenbo Association of America.The Martial Arts Program provides training in the eclectic art of Kajukenbo. Students of this art develop excellent body conditioning, power, balance, and fluidity of movement. Training at Hand to Hand includes the study of basic techniques, traditional forms, fighting strategy, practical self defense, and weapons practice.The rigorous training is conducted in a supportive environment, where personal integration of the physical, spiritual, and mental aspects of the art is emphasized. Ancient and modern training methods are combined towards reaching the goals of integration of mind, body, and spirit and practical self-defense preparation.


Free Self-Defense Workshop

We, at Hand to Hand, have seen intolerable actions encouraged following the recent election. We recognize that our friends, families, communities and ourselves may now be targets of overt and covert hate speech and actions.In continuation of our thirty-seven year, to date, commitment to safety and positive social transformation, Hand to Hand offers free self defense and self-empowerment classes throughout this and the upcoming year.The focus of these classes will include learning to be allies to those in our community who may feel at risk, practicing de-escalation skills, expanding safety awareness, safe by-stander intervention strategies, and learning physical self defense techniques to implement if needed. Classes will be flexible in order to meet the needs of attendees and or specific community groups.This three hour workshop, open to all genders, takes place on March 18th from 2 – 5 PM*. If you feel unsafe and would benefit from participation in a class at this time, register for the workshop. Please join us in creating a community and a world for all people to feel valued, respected, and safe.

In Gratitude,
Sifu Sonya Richardson
Head Instructor, Hand to Hand Kajukenbo • Self Defense Center

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Beginners Classes

The next Martial Arts Beginners Series starts on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 and runs for four weeks.
Sliding scale $35-$150.

Interested in martial arts or in exploring a new martial art? Come try out our beginners classes in the eclectic art of Kajukenbo. This class is appropriate for those who have never trained in a martial art before or do not have rank in Kajukenbo.

We offer our Beginners Series four times per year.  In 2017, the classes will begin on April 11, July 11, and October 3.

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Elbow Strike (Level II SD)Women’s 6-Week Self-Defense Series

The next Women’s** Self-Defense Series begins on Monday, May 1st from 6:30-8:30pm and runs for six weeks. Sliding scale $150-$275

Learn to assess potentially unsafe situations in order to interrupt harassment, intimidation and violence. Gain practical self-defense strategies through verbal, physical and emotional exercises in a safe and supportive environment. No prior experience necessary.                                           [More info...]


* Free Self-Defense Workshop Note: Additional workshops are being planned for June 24, 2017 and August 12, 2017.

** Women’s Self-Defense classes are open to all female-identified students. We will also have classes open to all genders and classes reserved for male-identified students only. Please email our director at selfdefense@handtohandkajukenbo.com for more information.