Christian Self Defense

Christian Self Defense

Grace Martial Arts believes that Christians have a right to defend themselves, their families and people in danger. We see no law, principle or suggestion in the Bible against Christians defending themselves or someone in danger. In fact, God gives parents, lawmakers and governments the responsibility to defend themselves and other law-abiding citizens against attacks. That’s why cities, counties and states hire law enforcement officers and nations build military divisions: to defend themselves against criminal attack. It is well within the right of every citizen to defend themself within the parameters of the laws of the individual states and the country.

Fighting and self-defense are not the same thing. Fighting because of greed, jealousy or the desire to dominate or harm another person is wrong. GMAF teaches students to defend rather than fight. The word defend means “to make or keep safe from danger, attack, or harm.”

The sole purpose of self-defense is to protect your life or the life of someone in your family or an innocent person who is in danger from attack or harm. That is well within the framework of God’s Word and Will.

Grace Martial Arts

Grace Martial Arts has developed special self-defense classes to help Christian families, churches, schools and organizations in a world growing more violent every day. Unfortunately, some of that violence is aimed at Christians and the Christian community. It is our desire to help every Christian learn how to defend themselves and their family.

Sensei Mark McGee has been involved in martial arts training since 1961 and began teaching in 1964. He became a Christian in 1971 and started teaching martial arts from a Christian perspective. He joined Judo and Karate For Christ in 1972 and started Grace Martial Arts in 1990. Mr. McGee teaches programs that emphasize “Saved and Safe.” Being “saved” means knowing you are saved from sin by the Blood of Jesus Christ and will go to heaven because of His Resurrection from the grave. Being “safe” means knowing how to defend yourself and others physically.

GMA teaches the proven Three-Zone Defense System developed by Christian pastor, missionary and martial arts expert Robert Xavier. Some of the self-defense classes available through Grace Martial Arts include:

Yon Ch’uan Martial Arts

  • Weekly classes
  • White belt to Black belt
    program
  • Special emphasis on practical
    and age-appropriate self-defense

Three Zone Defense

  • Zone Three Defenses
  • Zone Two Defenses
  • Zone One Defenses

Self-defense for Children

  • Defense at Home
  • Defense in the Neighborhood
  • Defense at School
  • Defense at Stores
  • Defense in Public (including
    parking lots and garages)
  • Defense Against Aggravated
    Assault
  • Defense Against Bullies
  • How to Avoid Violence

Self-defense for Teens

  • Defense at Home
  • Defense in the Neighborhood
  • Defense in Cars
  • Defense at School
  • Safety on the College Campus
  • Defense at Stores
  • Defense at Work
  • Defense in Public (including
    parking lots and garages)
  • Defenses Against Aggravated
    Assault
  • Defenses Against Robbery
  • Defenses Against Rape
  • How to Use Personal Security
    Devices
  • How to Use ATM and Credit
    Cards Safely
  • How to Avoid Violence (including
    road rage)

Self-defense for Women

  • Defending Your Children
  • Defense at Home
  • Defense in Cars
  • Defense at Work
  • Defense for the Business
    Traveler
  • Defense in Public (including
    parking lots and garages)
  • Defenses Against Aggravated
    Assault
  • Defenses Against Robbery
  • Defenses Against Rape
  • How to Use Personal Security
    Devices
  • How to Use ATM and Credit
    Cards Safely
  • How to Avoid Violence (including
    road rage)

Self-defense for Men

  • Defending Your Wife
  • Defending Your Children
  • Defense at Home
  • Defense in Cars
  • Defense at Work
  • Defense for the Business
    Traveler
  • Defense in Public (including
    parking lots and garages)
  • Defenses Against Aggravated
    Assault
  • Defenses Against Robbery
  • Defending Your Church
  • How to Use ATM and Credit
    Cards Safely
  • How to Avoid Violence (including
    road rage)

Self-defense for Families

  • Defending Family Members
  • Defense at Home
  • Defense in the Neighborhood
  • Defense in Public (including
    parking lots and garages)
  • Defending Your Church
  • How to Use Personal Security
    Devices
  • How to Use ATM and Credit
    Cards Safely
  • Defense Against Con Artists
  • Defense Against Hate Crimes
  • How to Avoid Violence (including
    road rage)

Self-defense for Senior Citizens

  • Three Zone Defense
  • Defense in Your Home
  • Defense in Public
  • Defense During Travel
  • Defense Against Con Artists
  • How to Avoid Violence (including
    road rage)
  • Defending Against Falls

Safety for the Physically Disabled

  • Three Zone Defense
  • Defense in Your Home
  • Defense in Public
  • Defense During Travel
  • How to Avoid Violence (including
    road rage)
  • Defense Against Con Artists

Self-defense for the Visually Impaired

  • Three Zone Defense
  • Defense in Your Home
  • Defense in Public
  • Defense During Travel
  • How to Avoid Violence

Self-defense for Churches

  • Protecting Church Members
  • Defense for Church Staff
  • How to Avoid Violence
  • Protecting Church Property

Self-defense for Christian Schools

  • Protecting Students and Parents
  • Defense for School Staff
  • How to Avoid Violence
  • Protecting School Property

How Not to Become a Victim of Crime

  • How to Avoid Violence
  • Defenses Against Aggravated
    Assault
  • Defenses Against Robbery
  • Defenses Against Rape

What To Do If You Become a Victim of Crime

  • The Rights of Crime Victims
  • The Needs of Crime Victims

If you would like more information about GMAF Christian self-defense classes in the Huntsville, Alabama or Tampa Bay area or would like to know more about developing GMAF classes in your community, please contact Mark McGee at gracemartialarts1@gmail.com.

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12 thoughts on “Christian Self Defense

    • Hi, Diane! Grace Martial Arts meets on Mondays at 6pm during the school year (September – May) at Seminole Heights Baptist Church, 801 E. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. Classes are free. The new school year begins September 9th. Thanks! Mark McGee

  1. Hello my brother, thank you for being a godly man with your skills and abilities. I am the owner of Genesis Black Belt Academy in Memphis, TN. I’ve been learning martial arts since I was about 7 years old, and teaching Taekwondo since 1984. It’s refreshing to see other Christian martial arts Instructors giving God’s people the truth about self defense.

    Sr. Master Hawkins

    • Thank you, sir. God has given us a great opportunity to teach a much-needed physical skill from a Christian perspective. It is a great joy and privilege. Thank you for what you are doing in Memphis.

  2. Hi there! Is there anyway to be connected to a Christian instructor in Miami, fl? I’m hosting a conference – there will be many teen girls and I would like for them to learn basic defense skills against rape.

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