Sensei Tim Hoover, founder and owner of HKA developed a reality-based self-defense seminar where you will learn tactics and techniques so that you will be better equipped if faced with a dangerous situation.

  • No experience necessary

  • No long-term commitment required

  • Can accommodate all ages and fitness levels

  • You do NOT have to be a member of Hoover Karate Academy

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Who Can Benefit?

Anyone age 16 or older may train in this seminar. These seminars are ideally suited for professional organizations, social groups, clubs, and personal gatherings. Every seminar is tailored to accommodate each group personally, providing alternatives to the "freeze" response when faced with threatening and potentially harmful situations. The program offers practical and tactical strategies with nothing to lose and everything to gain. Train to protect yourself and your loved ones by learning self-defense without any long-term commitment to martial arts training.



Our Reality-Based Self Defense seminars are offered on location at the facility of your choice or at HKA in Allentown. Each seminar is three hours long and moves progressively through seven segments. Trained assistants join Sensei Hoover to aid in both demonstration and instruction. They also help to create realistic encounters between "victim" and "attacker.” By using practical strategies that have been time and combat tested, you will learn to combine instinct and awareness with a realistic approach toward self-defense that is structured around these seven fundamental areas:









As the scenarios become more threatening and complex you will learn how to protect yourself from a wide range of attacks, progressing from an unarmed assailant standing at a distance — to a fight on the ground — to multiple attackers with weapons.



Firearm Introduction

The program includes an introduction to firearms taught by Gary Shankweiler an experienced, certified instructor. Gary has over 50 years of experience in shooting sports, as well as 25 years of martial arts training. In part 7 of the program, he will train you how to safely and responsibly handle firearms before deciding to purchase a pistol for self-defense, target shooting, or sport.

Pistol Basics that everyone should know

Our goal is to provide you with an introduction to the basics of pistols. We cover the general characteristics and mechanics of several types of pistols. This is a great course for new or inexperienced shooters. Here is an outline of the material that will be covered in detail through both lecture and a hands-on presentation:

  • An introduction to who can apply and what is required for a license to carry a concealed firearm in Pennsylvania. We will also discuss obtaining a license/permit to carry a firearm for multiple states.

  • Firearms in home protection and invasion covers the castle doctrine, the rights of homeowners and the safe and proper storage of firearms in your home.

  • Treat every firearm as if it were loaded covers basic firearm safety along with basic pistol mechanics and operations, including revolvers and semi-automatics.

  • The fundamentals of ammunition and calibers will also be discussed.

  • Factors you should consider before you choose a firearm will be presented.


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