Self-defense courses in Bratislava

Functional self-defense trainings. Systematical and comprehensible teaching suitable for beginners and moderately advanced practitioners. The aim of the course is to lay a good foundation for both: the technical and the psychological self-defense



Training course for beginners and moderately advanced practitioners

Systematical and comprehensible teaching in System SELF-DEFENSE 1 is customised for beginners and people with no previous self-defense or martial arts experience. Teaching is logically divided into thematic units of practise which include selected simple and functional self-defense principles against most common threatening situations and types of attacks. The course consists of 15 –20 lessons of technical self-defense and includes an important workshop „Psychology in self-defense“.. The system of teaching thus includes both: the „technical self-defense“ and the very important part of „psychology“. Trainings are suitable for men and women.

Overall, this course provides a valuable basis and could be seen also as a very good threshold experience into further martial arts or self-defense training.

Course SELF-DEFENSE 1, Bratislava

Spring course: February - March 2024

SELF-DEFENSE 1:<br/> Spring courses 2024, Bratislava

Spring courses 2024, Bratislava

Course duration: 13. February – 14. March 2024 (part 1)
This is bilingual course in English and Slovak language

Chief instructor: Michal Horňáček (read more)

Tuesday: 07.00 – 08.15
Thursday: 07.00 – 08.15

Venue: Bratislava – town center, Laurínska street
Training: 10 lessons
Price: 100,00 €

Tuesday: 19.15 – 20.45
Thursday: 19.15 – 20.45

Venue: Bratislava – Bratislava, Apollo klub, Súkennícka 4
Training: 10 lessons
Price: 110,00 €

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Training course content:

A. Body and movement:

  • Training of the key body movement principles
  • Body postures and footwork in self-defense
  • Strength training based on the body compactness (the „whole body power principle“)
  • Body anatomy in self-defense (basics)
  • Space awareness in self-defense: Training work with space, angles & orientation
  • Real self-defense and body constitution (of the self vs. attacker)

B. Self-defense and technical drill:

  • Defense against grips and holdings from the „front side“
  • Defense against punches (direct & side)
  • Block techniques and principles of cover
  • Counter & elimination techniques in self-defense
  • Defense using pressing on selected sensitive and painful body parts
  • Daily use objects for self-defense (keys, pen ..)


  • This course will be guided in Slovak + English language
  • You have to sign up in advance via the registration form (reservation of a place in course due to limited capacity)
  • On your first lesson you can test the system and the method of teaching. After your first lesson you can decide to sign up for the whole self-defense course
  • Bonus: Participants of the SELF-DEFENSE 1 course have a 10,00 € discount on the Psychological self-defense training: Block no. 1 – Psychology and behavior in self-defense: Pre-conflict phase – „How to read conflict and threating situations“


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System SELF-DEFENSE 1:<br>Training course for beginners

Training course for beginners


  • Training of the key body movement principles in self-defense
  • Working with space, angles & orientation
  • Body postures in self-defense
  • Body anatomy in self-defense (basics)


  • Defense against grips and holdings from the „front side“
  • Defense against punches (direct & side)
  • Defense against grips from the „back side“
  • Defense against and chokes (elimination and liberation)
  • Usage of the blocks and counter techniques in self-defense
  • Defense using pressing on selected sensitive and painful body parts
  • Use of the items of daily use in self-defense
  • Real self-defense and body constitution (of the self vs. attacker)
Psychology in self-defense:<br>Conflict prevention and resolution (workshop)

Psychology in self-defense:
Conflict prevention and resolution (workshop)

Essential Know – How:

  • Analysis of the problem situation
  • Subconscious mechanisms and mental adjustments
  • Stress reaction: Psychology and physiology
  • Stress management & self-regulation: how to regulate the stress reaction in tense situations: Theory + Practice
  • Connection: Body – Breath – Mind
  • Emotions: „A good servant, bad master“
  • Rational thinking vs. instinct and intuition

Conflict prevention & conflict resolution:

  • Tactical behaviour (behavioral principles) in problem situations: „Body language“, communication and negotiation
  • Strategies for conflict resolution & conflict de-escalation
  • Inevitable use of physical self-defense versus an effort of „non-conflictful solution of the problem situation“
  • Know-how application in the model situations

Where we train:

Venue 1: Bratislava - Laurínska / Venue 2: Bratislava Apollo club, Súkennícka 4

Training organizer reserves the right to exclude from training and workshops individuals in which they are seen and manifested:
signs of an abuse of the learned combat skills, signs of override behavior over the others, signs of aggressive behavior, signs of non-controlled anger, signs of abuse of the learned skills to the intentional harm to other trainees or to people out of the training and trainees who repeatedly don´t pay attention to instructions given by the coach and thus increasing a risk of injury to self or to others.

Self-defense and combat skills are taught within the frame of one´s own protection & prevention, the protection of others, correspondingly also within the scope of protection of the material goods and the property and most of all within the frame of humanism.

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