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Elite Defence Academy International is South Africa's premier practical self defence and Krav Maga training organization. Our system of self defence is highly effective, easy to learn, and suited to everyone - regardless of your existing fitness or experience level.

With more than 26 certified Krav Maga instructors and 18+ clubs across South Africa and 7 other countries (as well as online students in 15 additional countries), we offer professional coaching in one of the most effective self defense systems you'll ever encounter.

We've been leading the way in self defense instruction for more than 17 years.
In addition to clubs and classes, we also present corporate self defense workshops, teambuilding events, personal safety training for teens in schools, highly detailed downloadable training videos, and so much more.

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The best self defense?

You might think self defense is about learning cool martial arts techniques to neutralize an aggressor.

It is.

But it's so much more than that.

Here are just some of the critically important skills we teach in our self defense training:

  • How to develop automatic situational awareness - which means you learn to anticipate threats, read situations, and avoid the bad guys before they can get to you.
  • How to use your voice, body language, and smart psychology to deter an aggressor - or to defuse a high-risk situation.
  • How to learn the most effective physical techniques, as quickly and efficiently as possible.
  • How to overcome fear and unfreeze if you're faced with a crisis.
  • How to utilize everyday objects - and your immediate environment - as highly effective self defense weapons if you have to.
Our goal is to equip you with what works, quickly and efficiently, without wasting your time.

You don't have to be in any kind of shape, either, or have any particular level of physical ability. That's the whole point of practical self defence. We adapt our system to you, to your unique needs and context.

It's that simple.

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Confidence, newfound ability, and genuine skill, for starters.

You can't become a doctor in just a few hours - but you can learn CPR or first aid. Learning self defense is the same. It takes years to become truly proficient, but you can learn key techniques  - and become surprisingly capable - in a very short space of time.

And in an unforeseen crisis situation, those key techniques are what will save your life, or enable you to protect your loved ones.


Join a Krav Maga club

  • Learn practical self defense techniques - quickly and efficiently
  • Enjoy the support and encouragement of a skilled instructor and fellow club members 
  • Get fitter, stronger and more confident - at your own pace
  • Progress from beginner basics to higher levels
  • Validate your progress through belt levels and courses
  • Have fun in a safe growth environment


Book a corporate self defense workshop for your company

  • Equip and empower your team members with meaningful life skills
  • Confidence and purpose that translates to the work environment
  • Better communication and conflict resolution among team members
  • Practical staff and community empowerment 
  • Perfect teambuilding or conference feature


Purchase an at-home self defense training video for your family

  • Learn self defense quickly and easily in your own time and space
  • Enjoy online support from experienced instructors
  • Train with family or friends at your convenience
  • Review and re-watch techniques as often as you like
  • No commuting time, no set schedule or need to rush  

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If there's anything you'd like to know more about, please feel free to drop us a mail at and we'll be more than happy to answer any questions or help you out.

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Because we're based in South Africa, that makes sense - and for our overseas members, it means you pay far less than you usually would for the same thing in your own country. The South African Rand is not a strong currency, with around 19 South African Rands to 1 US Dollar on average. (So, when you see a video priced at R199 on our site, in reality, you'll only be billed for around US$10 on your card).

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