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Women's Self Defense Classes

Learn to neutralize threats of violence and enforce boundaries with effective self defense

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Every Wednesday evening at 7:15 PM


REAL WORLD - Self Defense that actually works

 It’s not just a workout — it’s a life-saving skillset. Learn time-tested self-defense techniques based in Our Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Program to protect yourself and your loved ones, even if an attacker is bigger and stronger than you.

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For our Women's Self Defense students, learning to defend themselves not only enhances their physical confidence, but also their sense of freedom to live life to the fullest.

Learning to set verbal and physical boundaries plays an important role in our safety and our ability to pursue what we want out of life. This is one of many reasons women choose our Women's Self Defense for their martial arts training.

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In Women's Self Defense, we work with each other, not against each other, on our journeys of empowerment. Our instructors and students love helping newcomers who may be experiencing nerves on their first day!

Come for the training, stay for the community of women supporting one another.

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Step 1: Learn The Techniques

  Our women’s self defense classes teach our Women how to defend themselves against common chokes, grabs, bear hugs, and other attacks often used by larger, stronger aggressors.
In order to prepare our students to survive a real attack, we emphasize realistic training scenarios and realistic defenses. Women leave our classes feeling safe, strong, empowered, and firm in the knowledge that they are not a victim. 


Law enforcement officials and survivors of sexual assault helped us identify the 20 most common attack strategies that a male assailant is likely to use on a woman. From hair-grabs and chokeholds, to bear hugs and weapon defenses, our Women's Self defense program covers it all.

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Step 2: Develop Your Reflexes

 Preparation and Real-World Experiences

Our women’s self defense classes incorporate training methods to build a fighting spirit and to train women how to respond both mentally and physically in a time of need, eliminating the danger of “freezing” or “shutting down” in confrontations. In our self defense classes for women, students receive hands-on training where they are attacked by instructors dressed in full protective padding. Our students train themselves to deliver full contact counterattacks, just like they will in real life. We put emphasis on creating real-world scenarios in order to ensure maximum preparation in potentially dangerous situations.

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Step 3: Earn Your Women Self Defense Pink Belt

 Our dedicated women’s self defense class instructors help female students develop the mental and physical skillset to feel safe and in control through their self-defense classes. It’s our mission to ensure they leave class with the ability to combat any potential danger.


Learn Skills and Gain Confidence

Surviving an attack is more than training your body — it includes training your mind and spirit to be resilient. Krav Maga for women can help you find the potential for strength that you already have and push you to develop it. 


Once you complete each of the Women’s Self Defense lessons, and you’ve completed at least 20 Reflex Development Classes, you may be ready to test for promotion to pink belt! 

This is to test your understanding of the techniques and philosophies that are essential for survival in life-threatening scenarios. Once you earn your pink belt, you can attend Women's Self Defense classes for free, for the rest of your life!

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Welcome to Danny Williams Combat Martial Arts Program Martial Arts


Ladies Night: Martial arts school expands offering of women’s self-defense classes

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Danny Williams instructs a student at his self-defense class for women on Wednesday, May 24. The former Marine began learning martial arts at age four.

In the view of Danny and Glenda Williams, instruction on how a young woman can physically defend herself might be one of the best graduation presents for a college-bound student.

But it’s also one of the best gifts a woman of any age can give herself.

The couple own and operate the Danny Williams Combat Martial Arts Program at 804 W. Pearl St. Danny is the primary instructor, but Glenda also instructs, particularly where the women’s classes are concerned. Of the eight classes offered, one is a Wednesday night self-defense class for women. The class is so popular that the couple is expanding women’s self-defense to Monday nights and Friday nights.

“It’s so important for them to know,” Glenda said. “You know, it may be (a new college student’s) first time away from home like that. We have one young woman who is moving away to Lubbock, going to Texas Tech, and I’m so proud of her and I’m confident she’s going to be able to handle herself. She was assaulted in high school.”


Glenda Williams, instructs two participants in a Wednesday night women’s self-defense class. Glenda and her husband Danny own and operate the Danny Williams Combat Martial Arts Program on West Pearl Street.

Steve Smith, chief deputy for the Hood County Sheriff’s Office, said that over the past year, that office handled 10 assaults with a firearm; two knife assaults; 282 assaults, 151 of which were domestic violence situations; 133 harassment complaints; 26 sexual assaults; and 14 protective order violations.

Although Smith said he did not know specifically without reading each report how many of those cases involved female victims, he said that most domestic violence calls, sexual assault cases, and protective order violations involve women.

“I think with the kind of town Granbury/Hood County is, it’s very easy to get kind of lulled into a belief that, oh, it’s a big-city issue,” Glenda stated. “This is a small Texas town but I’m telling you, we see things on Facebook and Instagram by Granbury and Hood County residents all the time about this man was following me in the Walmart parking lot, I was threatened here, I was approached there, and you have to be aware.”

Danny said that, according to statistics, 90% of assaults are believed to go unreported and 75% of assault victims knew their assailant.

At Danny Williams Combat Martial Arts Program, women learn not only how to fight back against the person trying to harm them, but also how to overcome their fears.

“The driving force of abuse is fear,” Danny said. “It’s the fear of the unknown or it’s the fear of that situation. Well, we can eliminate that. It’s like when I was in the miliary. If you’re in a war, that’s a bad situation, but we resort to our training. We don’t let the fear control us. It’s the same way with women’s self-defense.”

Danny said that the news is full of women who were assaulted on a running track, or at an apartment complex.

“But those women that have been trained (in self-defense), you don’t hear their stories,” he said, “because they’re not victims.” 



Danny started learning martial arts 49 years ago at the age of four. After graduating high school in Marlin at 18, he opened his first martial arts school. He ran it for two years before joining the United States Marine Corp and serving in the Persian Gulf War. He was in the Marines for four years.

Danny then opened a martial arts school in Austin and ran it for 12 years while also pastoring a church.

“Glenda and I both went to college for ministry,” he stated, adding that they were in ministry for 20 years.

Danny moved to Hood County six years ago, and Glenda arrived three years ago. They opened the West Pearl Street martial arts school about a year and a half ago.



Danny and Glenda Williams’ Wednesday night self-defense class for women is so popular, they have added a Monday night and Friday night class.

Danny and Glenda have a particular interest in helping women and girls protect themselves because their blended family includes five daughters. One is 31, one is 22, two are 21, and the youngest is 13.


One of the couple’s classes is a morning class for kids who are homeschooled.

“Usually, assaults on teenagers start around 12, 13 years old,” Danny said. “You know, their dating years and their college years.” 




According to Danny, learning martial arts is not only good for self-protection, but also a great way to stay in shape. And while women are getting a workout, they build their self-esteem and even reduce the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Sometimes women don’t look at self-defense until they’ve already had a bad encounter,” Danny said. “If I had it my way, it would be taught to children in school.”

Mary Flores, crime victim liaison for the Hood County Sheriff’s Office, said that while some women who experience a traumatic event move forward with their lives without suffering lasting effects, others may experience depression, anxiety, or PTSD.

Flores said that she herself is impacted by the trauma suffered by those she works to help, especially when the victims are young girls.

“We carry these stories in our hearts and usually do not realize that we are also carrying the effect of compassion fatigue,” she wrote in an email to the Hood County News.

One way she copes, she said, is through exercise. 

Females at Danny and Glenda’s martial arts school are taught a combination of Krav Maga, jiu jitsu, and Combat Hapkido. Danny said that classes are open for those age 12 to 102. In other words, pretty much everybody — and regardless of their fitness level. Probably half of class participants are over 50, he said.


Abby Williams, left, sometimes joins her parents Danny and Glenda Williams at their Granbury martial arts studio.

“An assailant looks for vulnerabilities,” Danny stated. “And those vulnerabilities are age and physical condition. So, just because someone is older, and maybe on the heavyset side or the leaner side, or maybe has a disability, we tailor to that as well.”

He added, “But we really make sure that we are more focused on the strength of the mind. Martial arts is not about strength, it’s about leverage. If someone grabbed you in a certain way, it’s not you fighting their power. It’s how you use their limbs, their joints, and their bones against them.”

If the assailant is armed, that changes things.

“If the assailant has a gun and he wants material, we let him have it,” Danny said. “He can have purses and (credit) cards and keys and cars. We let him have it. However, if he is looking for abduction, or assault, or murder, we are going to fight back. It’s one thing to surrender material possessions. It’s another thing to surrender your physical body. I would rather fight at the scene in hopes of getting away than be abducted and never be seen again.”


Danny and Glenda’s evening classes for adults start at 7:15 p.m. and go for 45 minutes to one hour.

The new Monday evening class for women, which will be an intermediate level, will start Monday, June 5. The new Friday class starts June 2.

Danny said the additional classes were added so that he and Glenda could keep the classes smaller, enabling them to provide more individual attention.

Cost is $99 per month. The fee allows members to attend up to 12 classes. Potential members are allowed a free trial.

Classes run year-round and women can join anytime.

“We go over it in such a way that everyone’s learning something new every week,” Danny said. “The new ones can just jump right in.”


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