Self-Defense Courses

Action Self Defense

Self-Defense Courses

Refuse to be victimized! Gain the security & peace of mind to protect yourself and your loved ones… Take Action!


Action Self Defense provides efficient, effective, quality 1-8 hr self defense courses for women, people who travel, or anyone who wants to feel more self confident when threatened or actually assaulted. Programs are excellent for team-building corporate seminars. Our courses prepare women, teens, and corporate groups, and seniors to be situationally aware, less fearful and more confident. Plus, the classes taught by eighth degree Diane Reeve Kirby are fun.

Owner Diane Reeve Kirby is a 8th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, holds black belts in several other styles of martial arts and has a Masters in education. She has over 30 years of martial arts training, 25 of which as owner of a martial arts school (Vision Martial Arts Center) where she has promoted over 200 people to Black Belt.

Ms. Reeve was inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame in 2014 and received the Paul H. Chapman award from the Foundation for Improvement of Justice for her significant contribution to the improvement in justice in America.

She provides a quick and easy “fix-it” for those who want basic self defense without a black belt, and will travel to your site or host the class at her martial arts school, Vision Martial Arts Center (Dallas A-List Top Three Award Winner – 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018).

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See what Students in Plano, TX are saying about our Self-Defense Courses!

Christopher Smith

My 17 year old daughter and rising college freshman just completed Vision Martial Art’s University Safety 101… Read More

Joseph Ammouri

I really appreciate you equipping my daughter to protect herself. In addition though, I find a big value in my daughter… Read More

Meghan C.

Great activity for my Girl Scout Troop of rising College Freshman who completed the Vision Martial Art’s University Safety 101 … Read More

Bree LeGrand

Diane, We appreciate you coming to Encompass Health Richardson to teach us about self defense. You made the class informative and fun… Read More

Action Self Defense gives you the skills to defend yourself and walk with confidence!

Formed in 2002, Action Self Defense was created to provide quality, effective, self defense instruction for those seeking self-confidence and self-defense techniques in threatening situations.

With this in mind, we have developed practical, real-world, self-defense tactics to enable and empower everyday citizens to successfully defend themselves.

Our courses are designed for average people to learn simple yet deadly techniques to escape and (if necessary) disable or destroy an attacker.

Who do we serve and what do we teach:

  • Women
  • Adults who travel
  • Rape-prevention techniques

Did You Know?

Many women are attending Vision Martial Arts Center in Plano, TX so they don’t become a statistic.

woman being attacked

Estimated 3.4% Rise in Violent Crimes in the United States.

As reported by the FBI Crime Statistics. At 1,248,185, we are faced with an ever changing world that needs Martial Arts training that will give our community members the confidence needed.

woman stressing out

Nearly 8 in 10 Americans are Afflicted by Stress.

At Vision Martial Arts Center we believe in helping our community members manage their stress through physical and mental martial arts training. Our Instructors help each student one-on-one achieve their personal goals.

Foot Stepping on scale

In the United States 1 in 5 Adults are classified as obese.

Adults need our support. We work hand in hand with students to assure that they make the right choices. At Vision Martial Arts Center we will help you to raise your fitness level and self-confidence while teaching you to defend yourself.

Let’s Work Together To Succeed In Our Martial Arts Program!

By enrolling in an introductory program we can equip you with the tools to succeed in the real world. It is much more than kicking and punching at our martial arts school located in Plano, TX

Courses Offered at Vision Martial Arts Center

Our UNIVERSITY SAFETY 101 Course will give your college bound student ( girls and boys) the tools they need to be smart and stay safe!

1 in 4 female college students will experience sexual assault during their college years!

  • >> DATING Do’s and Don’ts

PLUS, review of the 5 Certain T’s, Prevention, De-escalation, Escapes and destroy techniques to assure faster response time and effectiveness.

Classes from 1-4pm, 4/19, 5/17, 6/21, 7/19, 7/26.

These dates don’t work? Have your own going away self-defense party with friends and family at your home!

Looking for a team building activity that is a little outside of the box? Then a self-defense class is just what your team needs. We’ll provide you with an important and informative yet fun activity for your staff that will leave your group feeling much more safe, confident and empowered. And they’ll have a great time while doing some serious team building as well.

The class can be held at our beautiful and spacious facility or at your location and will be taught by Diane Reeve Kirby, 8th° Black Belt (see for bio). We will cover:

Awareness and prevention.

Management of aggressive behavior

Learn how to de-escalate a person who is verbally out of control. This will include a role-play exercise that will get everyone’s adrenaline pumping and roaring with laughter. Plus, it provides an energizing outlet for stress relief!

Escape and destroy techniques

Simple yet highly effective techniques that let you easily slip through an attacker’s grasp, or deliver a strike or kick that disables them so they let go and want no part of you ever again!

“Dark Alley”

A self-defense game that will allow participants to show off their newly attained skills. In addition, it’s a great team building/ bonding experience.

Active Shooter

Optional board break.

A real -world empowerment tool, (especially for women) to get them in touch with their inner “Wonder Woman” or “Superman” for the guys. It’s amazing how a person crystallizes their confidence with just the crack of a real piece of wood.

Program fee is is based on the number of participants for the 2-hour program and board break. Also included for each participant is a free refresher course at any regularly scheduled self-defense class at VMAC (up to 6 months after the initial class.) The date is guaranteed upon receipt of a 50% down payment for your group. Payment of the balance is due on the day of the event.

We have provided this program for a number of high profile corporations including:

  • >> Main Event Corporate
  • >> Frito Lay
  • >> Toyota
  • >> Dallas Chamber of Congress
  • >> Pricewaterhouse Cooper

It’s an event your team will be talking about for a long time!

If you are a woman in today’s world you have probably wondered “What would I do if…”

  • >> I’m at home alone and someone breaks in
  • >> I’m jogging and someone pulls me to the ground
  • >> I’m in a parking lot and a guy pulls a gun

If these or other frightening scenarios have ever crossed your mind, you probably became concerned – but you may have tried to convince yourself that the “odds are slim” or you are “just being silly”.

Well, it’s time to put those fears and worries to rest once and for all! You don’t have to be a Black Belt or an MMA fighter to defend yourself effectively. All you need is a few simple techniques that will allow you to either readily escape or to disable the attacker to make your escape possible.

Our 2 hour Women’s’ Self Defense (WSD) Program does just that. Held at your home or our martial arts school with a group of your friends and/or family members, our Self-defense “parties” are not only enlightening and empowering, they are actually fun!

In a couple of hours, you will learn:

  • >> Awareness and Prevention (90% of self-defense is not being chosen as a target).
  • >> Management of Aggressive Behavior
  • >> Escape techniques to free you from the grasp of a predator
  • >> Sexual Assault Defense – plus how to spot red flags of a potential abuser in an acquaintance or relationship.
  • >> Destroy techniques that quickly and effectively disable an attacker – even one who is bigger and stronger
  • >> Active Shooter

Let 8th Degree Black Belt Diane Reeve Kirby show you how to be confident, prepared and empowered for the rest of your life in an environment that promotes validation and fun!

It costs less than you’d pay for a nice pair of heels- or training shoes. And unlike a pair of shoes, this knowledge will be at your fingertips any time or place you need it. You’re even less likely to need it once you take the course. You have health insurance, car insurance and maybe even life insurance. Now get safety insurance and feel really protected for the rest of your life!

We also offer monthly womens self defense class from 2-4pm: 1/19, 2/16, 4/19, 5/17, 6/21, 7/19

Our 6 week self defense program covers all the basics and includes extra time to practice so response time is automatic and speed and technique improved. We also cover more complex techniques.

As a parent, you likely have been concerned about the safety of your budding teenager. No parent wants to envision such a nightmare, but our children are not with us 24/7 and we have the responsibility to teach them to protect themselves when we are not there.

Reeve covers how to spot red flags of a potential abuser and emotional aspects of relationships that can be detrimental. She then goes into the techniques that can make the difference between being a victim and a survivor. Included in her 2-hour program:

  • >> Awareness and prevention
  • >> The three stages of defense
    • • Escape
    • • Control
    • • Destroy
  • >> Management of Aggressive Behavior – how to de-escalate aa person verbally out of control into someone who is no longer a potential physical threat
  • >> Multiple escape techniques against a variety of holds
    • • Wrist grab
    • • Bear hug
    • • Rear forearm choke
    • • Being pulled to the ground
    • • How to properly yell to demonstrate that the attacker has chosen the wrong person
  • >> Destroy Techniques against an attacker where the only option is to disable them to get away
    • • Strikes that do not require extensive martial arts training to be effective
    • • Use of knees and elbows to render an attacker incapable of continuing
    • • Kicking techniques which will prevent pursuit by an attacker
    • • Active Shooter
  • >> Participants will have the opportunity to practice the above on Body Opponent Bags (Sturdy, upright head and torso of simulated attacker)
  • >> Participants will practice under the guidance of Ms. Reeve and her Black Belt assistant to assure that the technique is completely understood and performed properly
  • >> Safety is continually stressed and monitored
  • >> Despite the serious nature of the program, participants will be in a relaxed and fun environment that most effectively promotes learning. No subject or question is off limits and with 30 years of teaching experience, Reeve has the depth of knowledge to address any and all concerns.

NOTE: We do not use real “bad guys” dressed up in padded black suits who will wrestle you to the ground with the expectation that you fight your way out. Those scenarios often intimidate or even frankly frighten teen girls (and sometimes women) and are not necessary for young women to learn how to effectively defend themselves. Our goal is to empower, not to terrify.

Here is what a few of our participants have said:

  • Thanks so much to Diane for the wonderful presentation. She made the self-defense seem easy and doable
  • I just wanted to say thank you so much for teaching me in self-defense class on Saturday. I really enjoyed learning from you – you are so good at what you do and you make it so much fun! I love how you themed our class on “empowerment”
  • I just wanted to personally thank you for a wonderful and informative two-session self-defense lesson! Your personal attention and heart-felt concern for my safety made me feel safe and absorb what you taught me much more than I ever anticipated. You are an inspiring soul!
  • This was great! I really feel more self-confident!
  • Fun, informative and necessary program – I would recommend it to everyone

Finally, all participants are welcome to attend any regularly scheduled self-defense program at no charge as a “refresher” to the initial program.

For tips on protecting yourself, Physically, Emotionally and Sexually in a relationship, go to If you or someone you know has been or may have been sexually assaulted a list of resources is available on the site.

Many dads in the North Texas area worry because their daughter(s) seem to be unconcerned about safety issues. The girls are “living in a bubble” of relative safety, but we all know the world can be a dangerous place, particularly as a young lady begins to date or goes off to college.

Our DADS class is a way to decrease dads (and moms) worries and increase their girls (or boys) confidence and ability to stay safe by fighting back effectively. It is a comprehensive program that covers:

  • >> Awareness and Prevention
  • >> Management of Aggressive Behavior
  • >> Escapes from Chokes, Holds and Grabs
  • >> Disabling Techniques

As well as:

  • >> Dating Safety
  • >> Driving Safety
  • >> How to Expect Respect
  • >> Difference in Back Off vs. Disable Techniques
  • >> Use of Personal Alarms and Safety Apps
  • >> Guidelines for Healthy Relationships
  • >> Active Shooter

Appropriate for girls and boys ages 13-19, this three-hour course gives them the tools they need to feel strong, savvy and safe. And with Dads participating, they can continue to reinforce the knowledge and techniques long after the class is over – an extra measure to ingrain the information so it becomes second nature.

And Dads, if you think your daughter will give you the “oh Dad” eyeroll-she probably will. But, once she sees how this course changes her confidence, her awareness and her preparedness, she will thank you for keeping her safe. (And she will also be grateful because you selected a woman instructor.)

This course can be incorporated as part of educational requirements for Girl Scouts (Safety Badge), National Charity League (NCL on-going education), soccer/volleyball/other sports teams, church groups or just close friends.

Call today to set up your group. We offer flexible scheduling plus a wonderful bonding experience; your location or our beautiful martial arts school.

*Small non-refundable deposit required and will be applied to total class fee.


  • >> Awareness & Prevention
  • >> Management of Aggressive Behavior
  • >> Use of Environmental Weapons

Defense in:

  • >> Cars / Buses / Hotels / Buildings / Planes
  • >> Defense Against Weapons
  • >> Use of Protective Devices

Not your mom’s tupperware party!

  • >> Number of hours is flexible – 1, 2, or 4 hours
  • >> Discounts for groups of 10 or more
  • >> Held in your location or at Vision Martial Arts Center
  • >> Improve your odds of survival
  • >> Boost your self confidence
  • >> Gives you the courage to stand up for yourself

Fun, Food, and a Feisty Attitude!

Call us to customize a special party for you and your friends!

Want the advantages of having 1 on 1 instruction? Its roughly the equivalent of 4 group classes- plus you get an opportunity to ask any question you want without hesitation. Length is either 30 or 60 minutes. Ask about our special— 4 lessons for the price of 3!!

** What if I need to reschedule or miss my class?

Our top priority is getting you the self defense training you need to better protect yourself. If you have a scheduled class and will be unable to attend, call at least 48 hours in advance to let us know. If you have provided that notification, we will try to move you into the next class with registered students. Deposits and payments are non-refundable and reschedules will only take place with at least 48 hours notice.

Much more than just kicking and punching

The Women’s Martial Arts program in Plano, TX is the perfect fit each and every student.


Martial arts training helps to increase your overall fitness level and control your weight. The benefits of a cardio workout that builds muscle are invaluable.


Your self-confidence will grow as you achieve each skill and progress through the ranks. Plus you will bond with your fellow students.


Our martial arts training is designed to accommodate even the busiest schedule. Come in and find your perfect training time.

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