SAFE Self-Defense

Mission statement: S.A.F.E. Martial Arts was created to provide an evidence-based martial arts system that dispenses with traditional forms and arcane techniques to practice only what works and what can protect you in the worst situations. A blend of different martial arts techniques combined with proven workout regimes and proactive strategies combine to form a complete, comprehensive system of preparedness that can help you feel prepared, confident, and safe.


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Self-defense is a big part of karate but to work specifically on the best real-world skills available, Sensei Ginn realized that he would have to draw from more sources than just traditional karate.  With that in mind, and effectiveness and accessibility being the main criteria for inclusion, S.A.F.E. Martial Arts was born.
S.A.F.E. stands for Self-defense, Awareness, Fitness, and Empowerment, and is the focus of this dedicated system of martial arts that focus only on self-defense without the trappings of styles, pre-existing curriculums, or the confines of competitive fighting. S.A.F.E. Martial Arts are a practical and proven collection of techniques and exercises that prepare its practitioners to endure whatever life throws at them.

What Makes S.A.F.E. Martial Arts Different?

Traditional martial arts are extremely valuable and can produce amazing results in the people who practice them. S.A.F.E. Martial Arts Senior Instructors are dedicated to the continuation of their respective traditional martial arts but when you are looking for a modern system of self-defense that only teaches techniques that work in a high-pressure situation, there is no substitute for S.A.F.E. Martial Arts. Much like with modern science, the most current knowledge is the only kind that we are interested in. All the techniques we practice must be proven effective to be used and if a better alternative is available, we will take it! We are not stuck on a certain style or technique, only the best and most current information will do and S.A.F.E. Martial Arts is always evolving to use the best information available.

What makes up S.A.F.E. Martial Arts

We have 10 different disciplines within our system. Striking, blocking, wrestling, grappling, escapes, weapon defense, fitness, posture/footwork, concepts, preparedness. We believe that each of these disciplines contributes to the safety and well-being of the participants and helps them to overcome challenging situations from having a car break down in the winter to having to defend yourself against multiple attackers.

What Benefits Can You Expect

As with anything, you get out of something what you put into it, and S.A.F.E. Martial Arts is no different. This is a system of self-defense and exercise that will push you to become better and to not be satisfied with mediocre results. Following a system like this can yield strength, flexibility and agility as well as self-esteem, knowledge, and a sense of confidence that you can handle anything that life throws at you. For those students who successfully pass all of their levels and choose to become instructors, a whole slew of further benefits are available.

Senior Instructor Michael Ginn has spent 25 years studying the martial arts with a focus on Karate-Do. He is the Head Sensei at Jitsu-Do Karate and has earned his 3rd degree Black belt. He has been teaching martial arts, self-defense and fitness classes for almost 20 years and has pioneered the S.A.F.E. Martial Arts system  after realizing the need for a streamlined, no-nonsense self-defense system that focuses on results and not tradition for tradition’s sake.



S.A.F.E. Schools

S.A.F.E. Schools is the self-defense program that has been designed by Sensei Michael Ginn and signed off on by the York Region Public and Catholic school boards to be taught in their schools.  To learn more about the program, click the link below, print off the proposal and bring it to a teacher or principal at your school today!

SAFE Schools