It’s that time of year!
Vote District Combatives for City Paper’s ‘Best of DC’ Martial Arts Classes and Benjamin Drader for Best Personal Trainer!
“I can’t give enough credit to how well Ben knows and teaches his craft. By far one of the best instructors of any discipline I’ve ever met.”
COMBATIVES ARE A SELF-DEFENSE CONCISION
Combatives are easily learned, quickly recalled under duress and devastatingly effective when applied with the right mind-set and violence of action, but the most powerful weapon you have is your brain. Use it so you don’t have to fight.
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"Ben is an amazing teacher who actually teaches how a person can defend themselves. Yes, he goes through great strength/conditioning training that will challenge you physically. Yes, he will teach you how to correctly throw a punch, kick, jab, etc. But what makes Ben and District Combatives incredibly useful and valuable is that he goes beyond these basic "martial arts" regimens and addresses the core of self-defense: the act of being attacked, of having to potentially harm another human being, and the overwhelming physical/emotional reactions that you will be presented with in a real-life situation.
Don't take this class for stronger abs or better cardio-vascular fitness-although these are a great side effect, take it because you want to learn how to provide for your own security and potentially save your own life. Buy some protective gear because you will actually fight, learn your limitations and be stronger for it.
In terms of the basic day-to-day, this class is incredibly rewarding and a genuine great time. Ben is simultaneously a serious badass and one of the warmest and funniest people out there. The environment with the other students is close and supportive--kind of inevitable when you spend your Saturdays wailing on each other. Without a doubt, one of the best way to spend 2 hours if you are willing to put in the sweat.
In short: 5-5 stars, easy."
--Kathleen Rossetti, Analyst
"Ben's incredible knowledge of self defense, paired with his friendly demeanor and personalized style of instruction, makes District Combatives a great place to study martial arts in DC. Ben is also very knowledgeable of fitness and restorative routines, which is great to treat the occasional injury and overcome muscle imbalances. In addition, he provides outstanding personalized materials for us to study at home, or when we cannot attend class. I'd easily give more than five stars if I could!"
--Gustavo Sudre, Postdoctoral IRTA Fellow, Human Genome Research Institute