Tournaments require “many hands to make the work light” – we need your help to make OctoberFist 2015 an awesome experience for all! Please consider volunteering in the following capacities:

TIMEKEEPERS/SCOREKEEPERS – write down/add scores, or operate a stopwatch during events. Green and brown ranks.

BRACKETERS – if you have experience bracketing for sports events, we want your skills matching up competitors!

RUNNERS – relay communications and run quick errands to help things go smoothly the day of.

TOURNAMENT SET-UP – Help set up tables, rings, banners, etc. at Blanchet the night before.

CONCESSION/MERCHANDISE – inventory and sell food and gear during the event.

If interested in the roles above, or if you want to help in another way, we can plug you in – just stop by/call the office to get on our list. The more the merrier!




Help make this year’s tournament – where our students are the stars – to be even bigger and better than the last! If you’ve never participated in tournament before, here’s your chance. It’s a great way to get REALLY good at your martial arts skills, build confidence, and make memories. We get to meet awesome  people from other schools and see how they do things, too!

DATE: Saturday, October 17th

PLACE: Blanchet High School, Salem

DIVISIONS: all ages and ranks of Kempo and Muay Thai. Divisions will include Kata (forms), Weapons forms, and Sparring. Black Belt events will be throughout the day.

PREPARATION: Instructors will spend time in Group classes  and lessons the next several weeks to get everybody ready. Bo Staff classes (orange rank and up) will be held WEEKLY Saturday @11:30 am (except for scheduled closures). Green belt rank and up can inquire with Ms. Liz regarding sword training as well!




Now’s your chance to be in a real live parade! Our school and its furry friends will be participating in Silverton’s Annual Pet Parade again this year, and we want YOU! Meet at the dojo 8:30-9:00 am this Saturday with pets and uniforms at the ready. Don’t have a buddy with feathers or fur? No worries, all are welcome!

Look for a special coupon (non-members only) we’ll be handing out with a Parade Day Special for classes!



No regular classes will be held Saturday March 14th, folks – please join us instead in supporting those who will be testing for a new belt!


9am – Adults/Advanced Ranks,

11am – Kids

1pm Peewees

Testers must be in full uniform. Be sure to hydrate well, and get a good breakfast!




Let our experienced instructors guide your child through live demonstrations & hands on activities covering all sorts of essentials for school-age children. Kids will learn and practice simple physical and emotional self-defense techniques, take part in social skills activities, and even get a good workout in!

Topics include:

Dealing with Bullies * Anger Management * Street Smarts * Internet Safety * Healthy Living Choices

Pre-Registration Special!!!
$60/ person if registered and paid by March 20th

Standard Registration: $75 per person if signed up after March 20th. Event is open to the public and current students both, but space is limited – give us a call at (503) 873-4555 to register now!





Women’s Self Defense Clinic Feb 28th!

Hey Ladies! Get ready for another one of our self-defense seminars! As always, these seminars are open to the public with no previous training required…and they’re FREE!!! Topics covered will include violence prevention tips, “defending the con”, and some basic but highly effective defensive techniques. Live demonstrations and hands-on practice will help you understand how to become successful at defending yourself and leave feeling empowered! Call us today to reserve your spot!


Thanks Dr. King!

Today is much bigger than perhaps a day off from school or work. It’s a time to reflect on the principles of love, equality, and brotherhood that Dr. King stood for in a time much different than our own, and helped lead to the privileges we often take for granted in current times.

Show love in the face of hate.

Give someone a hand up instead of looking down on them.

Embrace differences.

Do the right thing, even when it’s difficult.

And never, ever, forget that we’re all in this life together.



Grand Master Jim Brassard Clinic Jan 17th!

WHEN: Saturday, January 17th, 3pm

WHERE: Silverton Self Defense, 208 Lewis Street, Silverton, OR (click here for map)

WHAT: Don’t miss out on learning from one of the best! Keizer Martial Arts and Silverton Self Defense will host 10th Degree Grand Master James Brassard for an afternoon of new perspectives and information on familiar techniques. Live demonstrations and hands on practice allow students to freshen up their skills and gain new insight! This seminar is open to all students, so mark your calendars now! Call us at (503) 873-4555 to reserve your spot!


Awesome 2014!

Happy New Year from Silverton Self Defense! THANK YOU to all of our students and their families for an excellent 2014 – your patronage and support mean the world to us. It’s been a privilege to see so many learn, grow and achieve during this time, and we look forward to another 365 days of “awesome” in 2015! Best wishes for health, happiness and success in everything you do!


Happy Holidays….And So Much More!

In this season of joy and gift-giving, we have so much to celebrate at Silverton Self Defense! THANK YOU to each member of our dojo family for making that decision to walk through the door and begin growing with us. We are blessed by each one of you, and enriched by your presence in our lives! For this Christmas, and the New Year that lies ahead, our sincere wish is for as much happiness as you can handle, and only good things in the future!

We’ll be closed Wednesday December 24th through Thursday January 1st so that everybody can enjoy the holiday with their friends and families. Classes will resume per the normal schedule on Friday January 2nd – see you “next year”!