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All About Arm Locks – January 28

Amerson’s Taekwondo and Fitness is excited to announce that we will be hosting a Brazilian JiuJitsu(BJJ) seminar focused on arm locks on January 28, 2017 from 11AM to 1:30PM.

Professor Geoff Balme of Open Guard BJJ will be joining us to cover all types of arm locks from a variety of positions. We’ll be exploring the arm bar, Kimura, americana, and more from a variety of positions.

Professor Balme is a second degree black belt under Roberto Maia of BoProfessor Geoff Balmeston Brazilian JiuJitsu with twenty-five years of experience. His seminars are dynamic experiences that both introduce material for newer students but dives deep into detail and variations for experienced ones.

During the seminar Professor Balme will cover various locks on the arm from a variety of positions giving attendees tools from guard, mount, and side. A question and answer session at the end of the seminar will provide time to develop tools and after-seminar training for specific scenarios.

This seminar is available to all skill levels and styles. 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. Prior to the seminar, all attendees will need to sign our liability waiver which can be reviewed here.

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


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.


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


Parents Night Out

Kids! Want to join us for some fun Taekwondo, games, movies, pizza, popcorn, and more?

Parents! Want to leave the kids with us for some fun Taekwondo, games, movies, pizza, popcorn, and more while you go have a few hours to yourself?

Amerson’s Taekwondo and Fitness is having our first Parents Night Out on Saturday, July 25 from 5:30PM to 9PM. What’s going to happen:

  • Taekwondo class for beginners and advanced.
  • Pizza dinner.
  • Martial arts inspired movie.
  • Popcorn.
  • Fun games.

It’s just $10/person to attend. Current students, as a bonus, bring a friend for free! For more information, email Master Amerson!