Huzon Alexander, owner of Alexander's Tai Kwon Do based in Londonderry, is currently offering a certified martial arts system, complete with tests and ranking from white to black belt, known as Tactical Self Defense.
Twice a week (Mon. and Wed.) from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., this class is for teens and adults only and taught to those accepted into the program, as to avoid those who may look to be negatively aggressive with the knowledge.
"I have taught various self defense awareness programs in several of the local schools including The Mountain School in Winhall, Flood Brook School in Londonderry, Green Mountain High School and Chester-Andover Elementary School in Chester and the Saxtons River School," Alexander said in a recent interview.
"The system is based around awareness and situational prevention. For example, if someone wants your money or your keys - give it to them because these things can be replaced. You cannot be replaced.
"However," Alexander continued, "When your life or well being is at risk, this is a different story, so I have developed the defense portion of my system through a range of martial arts (Jui Jitsu, Judo, Hapkido, Tae Kwon Do, kick boxing and traditional boxing) in order to take what I feel makes the most sense for "street self defense".
In other words, this is not for tournaments or demonstration, but real-life defense."
The techniques Alexander teaches do not revolve around tactics such as simply punching an attacker repeatedly, but rather having a deep knowledge of the human body, specific targets and strikes to those targets, without wasting time or risk to your well-being.
"For example," Alexander concluded. "If someone tries to grab you by the wrist to pull you into a vehicle, a calculated, quick response with a solid follow up will end the situation.
"As opposed to panicking or using a bad technique which could create a worse situation."
Alexander started putting this system together some three years ago and has developed the classes into a refined and well-rounded program.
With the growing success of MMA (mixed martial arts) more and more people are learning how to become more dangerous, therefore the need for a "real life defense" is reality.
"There are no forms or fancy jump spinning kicks that could get someone into more trouble, but rather techniques that any age or body type can learn.
"This is the main reason it took time to develop the system, wanting to make sure it is designed with no great risks needed to be taken when one is attacked."
The cost of this extensive program is $75.00 per month and is currently offered at the Londonderry School, but will soon also be offered in their new, Bellows Falls location next to Le Studio School of Gymnastics.
All of Alexander's programs focus on self control, self confidence, respect, coordination, strength and flexibility for ages six and up.
Class times varies depending on age and location.
To learn more about Alexander's technical self defense program and the various programs available, visit at 5099 Route 100 in Londonderry, call 824-4216 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.