Welcome to Elements of Self Defense

Welcome to Elements of Self Defense - Hopkinsville's only authentic Ninja martial arts dojo.
Our martial art is based on ancient warrior disciplines handed down by nine historical Japanese samurai and ninja family lineages. At the same time, ours is a modern approach to handling threats and confrontations likely in our own culture today. Ninja Taijutsu martial arts training was developed as a way to promote peace, security, and well-being in the world – command over adversity – never as a way to practice violence. The world needs more protectors, not more predators.
In an over-stressed society, balancing a clear mind, fit body, and centered spirit is the pathway to becoming a tatsujin – a fully actualized person operating masterfully in all areas of life.

Youth Programs

With Youth Martial Arts you child will live a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling life. Our Youth Martial Arts classes are a fun and exciting way to teach your child discipline and self confidence.


Adult Programs

Students of our Adult Martial Arts classes are taught Modern and Traditional Ninjutsu where you will learn realistic self-defense techniques that help you deal with stress and crisis situations.


Fitness Classes

Our fitness classes are run by knowledgeable, caring instructors. Our classes are scaled for all fitness levels.


Our Instructors

Elements of Self Defense employs a team of specialized instructors to ensure that our students receive the pest possible education.