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About FSDC

* Family Self Defense Center *

Our first group of kids

A Brief Background of FSDC

J Patrick Nelson began teaching privately after reaching Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt) and endorsed as Sensei by Shidoshi Pat Arnold (as per tradition) in 1981. At first he primarily taught military personnel, then Women’s Self Defense classes.

After moving to the Unifour in 1995, Professor Nelson began teaching out of his garage until 1998, when he opened his first commercial studio in west Hickory. In 2000 he was contracted by Hickory City YMCA to start their first T’ai Chi program, which he ran until 2002.

In March 2003 Professor Nelson left his public job to teach fulltime in Brookford Community Center, offering classes 6 days a week with specific focus on Self Defense, Combat Kempo & Ju Jutsu, Chinese Kick-Boxing, Stick-Fighting and more.

Because some people still ask, Mountain View Karate used to have a club in Brookford (they vacated Brookford early 2007). We are not now, and never have been a part of their organization.

Our Purpose & Mission

Our ultimate purpose at FSDC is to prepare the individual for defense in the Real World. Competition can be fun, but FSDC is not now, and never has been, focused on trophies. Our only concern is whether you can defend yourself and your loved ones against assaults of all kinds, several bad guys at once, knives, guns, kidnap, home invasion, protect your family, and more.

At FSDC you will learn

• Self Confidence
• Self Discipline
• Awareness of your immediate surroundings
• Use of leverage over strength
• Joint manipulation
• Sweeps & Throws
• Ground fighting
• Correct punches & kicks
• Correct use of knees & elbows
• Chinese Kick-Boxing

We do not believe in crowding our classes. If a class gets too big, we make another class, and we have plenty of classes on schedule to choose from.

We are particular about students who really want to learn.

You do not need to be an athlete to learn what we teach.

It is important to us to serve as anti-drug/drunkenness/abusive roll models to our young people …
in Practice as well as advertisement.

Come and apply for a Free Trial Week and see if our values match with yours.

A few things that set us apart

If you are head of a martial art studio (legitimate Sensei of minimum Sandan rank) in the Unifour area and find any of our information is incorrect, render us courteous contact with hard evidence indicating otherwise and proof of your credentials and we will cheerfully alter our presentation.

• We are the only studio in the Unifour which adapts Self Defense Solutions to assaults to the student’s physical strengths and/or limitations.

• We are the only studio in the Unifour to establish a curriculum which allows a student to choose/mix/match from Chinese Kick-Boxing, Stick & Staff Fighting, Street Grappling, Women’s Self Defense, and T’ai Chi for one price-under $80.00 a month.

• We are the only studio in the Unifour to offer Life-Time Locked-In rates to enrolling students.

• We are the only studio in the Unifour to establish a true full-time program with 6 days regular training; more than 20 hours on schedule available to adults who work any shift.

• We are the only studio in the Unifour to offer an Instructor Certification Program which goes beyond technical skill.

• We are the only studio in the Unifour to perform criminal record and character checks on all adult applicants.

Notice: We are protective of our children, ladies, and uphold Family Honor and have permanently banned individuals for inappropriate behaviors and/or attempting to sow discord in our academy. We do not allow discussion of politics, religion, or ethnic discrimination … but we fly the American Flag and our values and principles of business operation may be found in the Authorized King James Bible. All applicants for training/participation with the Family Self Defense Center, Hickory, NC, are subject to Criminal Records and Character Screening.


Family Self Defense Center of Hickory, NC offers your choice of Martial Arts Training in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), Combat Kempo, Kung Fu, Injukan Ju Jutsu, Tanbo Jutsu, Stick and Staff Fighting, Chinese Kick-Boxing, Ryu-Kyu Karate, Kizoku-Ryu Tai Jutsu, use of Knife and Sword, Women’s Kick-Boxing and Self Defense, Jiu Ling Kung Fu and T'ai Chi Gong, and more for one affordable price. Classes are in Brookford and within easy access of Granite Falls, Hudson, Lenoir, Morganton, Valdese, Vale, Gastonia, Maiden, Newton, Conover, Catawba, Statesville, and Taylorsville. Also available: Certified Personal Strength, Health & Fitness Training.


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The American Nine Lotus logo, FSDC logo, artwork of the Fighting Family, 9L symbol and the names Kizoku-Ryu, Injukan, Injo-Ryu and Jiu Ling are Copy Written Trademarks of the Kizoku-Ryu Kai, Hickory, NC.

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