The Modern Self-Defense Center has been Middletown, Connecticut's source for contemporary self-defense training since 2002.  MSDC offers a variety of dynamic and effective training methods in an exciting, informal atmosphere.  All of the different classes at MSDC provide challenging workouts (each with a different flavor) and an emphasis on dynamic, hands-on, realistic approaches to self-defense training. Our current schedule features Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu grappling, Jeet Kune Do, Boxe Francaise Savate - French Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts, and Self-Defense classes.

We welcome beginners at all times.  The Modern Self-Defense Center is a unique environment: the instruction is professional and of the highest level, the atmosphere is welcoming and friendly, and the training is top-notch.  MSDC is the ideal place to train, whether your needs are short-term or you want to begin a healthy endeavor that you can pursue for decades.  We encourage you to read this website fully and to see what programs pique your interest.  You are always invited to come and watch our classes, to ask questions, and to try anything that looks exciting. 

Whether you have years of previous experience or none at all, whether you are already in great shape or you want to be, if you're looking for no-nonsense answers and elite instruction and training, you have come to the right place.  Welcome.

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I’ve been through 7 months of the Jeet Kune Do essentials program and the instructors are top notch; never a question they can’t answer! I chose the Jeet Kune Do essentials because it covers a wide variety of practical skills. The gym is full of friendly people who won’t fail to push you to do more. Everyone has been positive and has given the gym a ‘home-away-from-home” atmosphere. The gym is expanding all the time and is really becoming a playground for adults even though they have great kid’s programs. My experience has also been greatly enhanced by the special guests and additional trainings that are made available on a regular basis; like the awareness training given in the shopping mall! If you want to cover a wide variety of self defense practical basics, this is for you. John C

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Jeet Kune Do, Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts, Self-Defense
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MSDC is located within the historic Remington Rand building, seconds from Route 9, the Arrigoni Bridge, and Main Street Middletown.


Visitor lounge, TV, free wireless internet, fitness equipment, kettlebells, and more.

New clients receive 30 Days FREE to try the programs, starting with a free tour & free private lesson and free uniform.  After enrolling, we offer a 60 day 100% Money Back Guarantee -- test drive our programs at absolutely no risk for 90 days!


We are proud members of the Harris International Grappling, Jeet Kune Do, and Filipino Martial Arts associations, the New England Martial Arts Teachers Association, the International Modern Arnis Federation, and more. 

Martial Arts Equipment & Supplies, Martial Arts Instruction, Self Defense Instruction & Equipment

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