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.


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Teen Self-Defense Workshop

Saturday, July 11, from 1-5 pm
Sliding scale $25-$50.

The workshop will address how issues of transphobia, homophobia, and sexual assault affect teens. We will cover a variety of “what ifs” and “what do I dos” and explore ways to empower ourselves and others. Participants will practice verbal and physical strategies to feel more confident and be safer in the world.

All identities and presentations are welcome.

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Beginners Classes

The next Martial Arts Beginners Series starts on July 14, 2015 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.

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Self Defense Classes

The next Women’s* Self Defense series runs for 6 weeks starting on August 31st.
August 31, September 7, 14, 21, 28, & October 5, 2015.
Mondays, 6:30-8:30 pm, sliding scale $150-$275

In a highly supportive environment, Hand to Hand classes explore the links between personal safety and community wellness because seeing this connection provides an opportunity for healing and encourages every individual to walk fearlessly in their lives.

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* 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.