I Have a Dream….Happy MLK Day!

Martin Luther King Jr. brought a lot of good things to our world – how appropriate to have a day set aside to recognize the precepts of freedom, equality, and peace he spoke of! We’re blessed to live in a nation where these things are valued. Please join us in reflecting on what Dr. King stands for, and the work that he did to change our thinking:
Do we treat others with respect and importance, despite our differences?
Do we favor love over hate?
Do we press on in the face of hardship?
The dojo will be closed Monday January 18th in recognition of MLK day. If we haven’t spoken to you already about rescheduling lessons that day, please contact us for an alternate time! Classes will run as usual on that Saturday, and resume on Tuesday.



Whether or not Christmas and/or New Year’s Day are a part of your celebration routine the next few weeks, we wanted to extend warm regards to our dojo family this season. Words aren’t adequate to express how blessed and privileged we are to be surrounded by such awesome students, supportive families, and faithful friends our years here in Silverton. Thank you for being the best gift ever to our staff!

The dojo will be closed from Thursday December 24th (Christmas Eve) through Friday January 1st (New Year’s Day). We’ll reopen for usual classes on Saturday January 2nd. Whatever the holidays bring for you, may they be full of joy, good health, and peace until we see you again!



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”!




Happy Thanksgiving!


We’d like to take this opportunity to wish everybody a joyous Thanksgiving! So that our staff, students, and families may share the holiday together, the dojo will be closed:

Thursday November 27th through Sunday November 30th

In addition to the usual pumpkin pie and gatherings with friends & family, we hope you have time to reflect on what things in life that make you especially grateful and happy.

For those of us at Silverton Self Defense, we have an overwhelming list of things to be thankful for: students who are dedicated and hard-working, very involved parents (VIP’s) that make our day every day, and a wonderful community in which to teach and practice martial arts. THANK YOU  for touching our lives and giving us the best job known to mankind! We hope you all have the best “Turkey Day” ever!




We’re so excited for to see Silverton Self Defense represent at OctoberFIST this weekend. Help us to make this the best event ever!

*ENTRIES: Tournament is this Saturday, October 25th! It’s time to get those last-minute forms and payments in before the big day. Stop by the office to take care of these, to pick up competitor tickets, and to find the times/rings for your event.

*REPRESENT: If you’re not competing, you can still participate by coming to cheer on your fellow Silverton SD students. Spectator tickets are only $5 each – get yours today!

*HELPERS WANTED THIS FRIDAY: The school will be closing early at 5:00 pm this Friday, Oct. 24th so that our staff can set up for the tournament. If you’d like to help, extra hands would be much appreciated! Drop by Blanchet HS at 6 pm to make the night go quickly for all. Directions are at the link here….

See you there!






Fall Tournament – OctoberFIST 2014!

Fall Tournament is coming! We’ll be joining forces with our sister school, Keizer Martial Arts and 4 other great schools: Stayton Self Defense, Lincoln City Self Defense, Open Hand Kempo of McMinnville, and Open Hand Kempo of Hillsboro to bring you OctoberFIST 2014!!!

This family-friendly, light-hearted competition is a fantastic way for students to showcase their talent and hard work! Students who participate not only become more knowledgeable and skilled at the techniques they present, they also get an extra boost of confidence and sense of accomplishment from knowing they did something challenging and a little bit scary!

We invite all of our students to participate…OctoberFIST 2014 is open to all students-all ranks-all ages!
Event details will be posted here and on our Facebook site, but if you have questions, please give us a call at 503-873-4555 for more info!


Labor Day Closure Aug 29-Sept 1

Just a reminder that the school will be closed Friday August 29th through Monday September 1st. Classes and lessons will resume as usual on Tuesday! Have a SAFE and HAPPY Labor Day!


Happy July 4th!

The school will be closed Friday through Monday July 4-7 for the holiday. Classes will resume as usual on Tuesday, so we’ll see you then! If you have a lesson on those days, please be sure to see us to reschedule. Best wishes for a safe and happy Independence Day!


A Time to Remember…

The school will be CLOSED Friday, May 23th through Monday, May 26th for the Memorial Day weekend. If you have a lesson scheduled during those days, please contact an instructor to reschedule! We will reopen for classes as usual on Tuesday, May 27th.

Please take a moment this weekend to honor someone who has served in the military. Their sacrifice, and that of their families, is what makes our nation a home of freedom and liberty!


We’re CLOSED Today!

Silverton Self Defense is closed today (Friday February 7th) due to the continued winter storm. All classes and lessons are canceled. Please speak with us to reschedule lessons next week once we re-open! Check back here or at our Facebook site regarding closure information for this Saturday. Be safe out there!