Yearly Archives: 2016


Women’s Self-Defense Seminar

Woman Escapes from Bear Hug

Woman Escapes from Bear Hug

The days get shorter. Cool weather is calling you outside. We’re losing daylight and getting ready for the hectic holiday season. You’re out in the dark shopping or going for a run. How safe do you feel?

In one seminar you can learn skills and techniques to give you an increased sense of security.

Master Dan Amerson is proud to present a women’s self-defense seminar focused on repelling and escaping common attacks. No experience is necessary as we cover how to defend against:

  • Bear hugs from behind.
  • Front chokes.
  • Arm and wrist grabs.
  • … and more!

The seminar will also cover practical self-defense techniques using everyday weapons that are already on your person, in your pocket, or in your purse. Yes, loose change or an empty water bottle can be an asset in an altercation. Time will be left at the end for questions from attendees to focus on specific attacks or other areas of concern.


Location: Amerson’s Taekwondo and Fitness, 10940 Raven Ridge Rd., Suite 120, Raleigh, NC 27614

Time: Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 1:00M to 2:30PM and Monday, November 14, 2016 from 8:00PM to 9:30PM

Experience Level: Beginner. No experience necessary.

Age: Teen and up

Cost: Free. Space is limited. Contact Dan Amerson to secure your space.

Contact Info: or (919)307-KICK (5425)

Please note. All attendees will be required to fill out our waiver and release of liability prior to participating in the seminar. To review this prior to the seminar, please view it here.

About Master Dan Amerson:

Master Amerson

Master Amerson

Master Dan Amerson is a Raleigh native, husband, and father of a 4 year old daughter. Amerson’s Taekwondo was founded in 2014 to bring practical self-defense training to North Raleigh based on his twenty-five years of martial arts experience. He holds a fourth degree black belt in Taekwondo, a first degree black belt in Tang Soo Do, and over a decade of experience in Modern Arnis, a martial art from the Philippines focusing on weapon defense.


Introduction to Brazilian JiuJitsu with Professor Geoff Balme – 10/8/16

Amerson’s Taekwondo and Fitness is excited to announce that we will be hosting an Introduction to Brazilian JiuJitsu(BJJ) seminar on October 8, 2016 from 11AM to 1PM.

Professor Geoff Balme

Professor Geoff Balme

Professor Geoff Balme of Open Guard BJJ will be joining us to teach an introduction to BJJ with specific focus for Taekwondo practitioners and other stand up fighters. Professor Balme is a second degree black belt under Roberto Maia of Boston Brazilian JiuJitsu with over twenty years of experience.

During the seminar Professor Balme will cover the basics of guard, protection on the ground, and recovery that are relevant to Taekwondo and Karate practitioners looking to improve their defense after a takedown. A question and answer session at the end of the seminar will provide time to develop tools and after-seminar training for specific scenarios.

Don’t miss this opportunity to train with one of the most experienced instructors in the area!


This seminar is open to all adult students. Students under 18 years old may be allowed with Master Amerson’s permission and a direct recommendation from their instructor. 

Contact us if you have questions, (919)307-KICK(5425) or email


Knife Self Defense – Disarms – 4/30/2016

Defense against a knife attack.

Defense against a knife attack.

Amerson’s Taekwondo and Fitness is excited to announce a seminar on knife self-defense on Saturday, April 30th from 1PM to 4PM!

Defending against a knife is a daunting task as any mistake can be fatal. Proper training protects your vital areas and maximizes your chances of stopping an attacker. Drawing from the Filipino martial arts, Master Amerson will teach a variety of defensive techniques that disarm an attacker with a knife and give you the upper hand.

These techniques can be found inside the forms or patterns of other martial arts, so students of Taekwondo, Karate, and Tang Soo Do will find new meaning to moves they already know.

During the seminar, we will cover the following material with additional variations as time permits.

  • 4 Disarms from an overhead strike
    • Twist and Pluck
    • Arm Bar to Thigh Disarm
    • Arm Bar to Two-Way Action
    • Body Disarm
  • 4 Disarms from a low stab
    • Inside Pluck
    • Outside Pluck
    • Bicep Disarm
    • Backwards Throw
  • Disarms from the 5-6-7 drill
    • Bicep Disarm
    • Knife Hand Pluck
    • Snake Circle Disarm
  • Knife Tapi-Tapi and flow drills

Print out our flyer to share with your friends! All styles are welcome. Students should be 12 years old or older and have at least 6 months experience in their current art.

Register now below! Questions? Email


Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolution

Did your New Year’s resolution for 2015 fail? Do you think 2016’s will be any different? It may come as a shock, but according to research from the Journal of Clinical Psychology only 8% of people are successful in achieving their resolution goals. Most either do not have enough invested, get too busy, or simply give up.

If your New Year’s resolution is to get in shape or spend more time with your family, Amerson’s Taekwondo and Fitness is the perfect place to help you achieve your goals and have fun along the way!

Exercise You Want to Do

Exercise and losing weight are the most common New Year’s resolutions and the ones most likely to fail. Why? Because gyms are impersonal. If you do not know what you are doing, you can easily injure yourself. Results can be poor, and sometimes working out for the sake of working out is just plain boring. Sound familiar?

At the dojang, you have a dedicated instructor and mentor who customizes your lesson based on your personal skill and level. As your prowess increases, so do your challenges, pushing you far beyond what you thought possible, while keeping your personal safety in check. Plus, the constant challenge of learning new techniques and responses to self-defense situations will keep you engaged while you sweat.

Taekwondo Teaches More than Fitness

Taekwondo is an excellent fitness tool, but it also teaches you valuable life skills. As you learn self-defense, you will also develop greater self-confidence by challenging yourself, confronting new situations, and progressing through the challenges of the belt ranking system. Having a purpose beyond merely exercising enriches your experience and the continued engagement makes it easier to maintain your New Year’s Resolution.

Make Family Time Your New Year’s Resolution

When you share a New Year’s resolution with others, you are far more likely to succeed. What better way to improve your chances than building your resolution around family?

Everyone can train together at Amerson’s Taekwondo from ages 6-60. It is an incredible bonding experience you cannot find anywhere else and your family will be healthier and happier for it. Don’t leave the family behind while you go to the gym or sit on the sidelines while the kids have an activity. Get on the floor because the family that kicks together sticks together!

Amerson’s Taekwondo and Fitness

Kick the New Year off right by committing to learn martial arts as a family with Amerson’s Taekwondo and Fitness. Join us to have fun, build confidence, get in shape, and spend quality time with your family. 2016 is going to be a great year!

Get started by visiting us at the Falls River Town Center at 10940 Raven Ridge Rd., Ste. 120, e-mailing us at, calling us at 919-307-KICK (5425), or visiting us online at