Frequently Asked Questions

At Primal Survival Self Defense Academy, it’s our goal to provide you with up front information to help you make the best choice for you.

Following are the most common questions we receive at Primal Survival Self Defense Academy and our straight forward answers.

GENERAL Questions

[toggle title=”Can I do this?”]
Every day, we hear this question from people from all walks of life. And, every day the answer is the same… “YES! You can do this!” If you’re serious about starting one of the most rewarding adventures you can take, we stand ready to help you get started so you can transform yourself into a healthier, more confident you.

Most people confess when they sign up that they have never been coordinated… had great balance… or can even touch their toes. Even more reveal they fear confrontation… wonder if they’re too old or if they’ll be able to pick things up quickly.

Like those before you, you’ll quickly see why that all isn’t as important as you might think.

Our proven program can help you transform yourself in ways your friends, family and coworkers can readily see and have you wondering why you waited to so long to get started. And, you’ll be able to sleep easy at night knowing they’re absolutely right.

Don’t take our word for it, read how we’re transforming the lives of our members.


[toggle title=”Are beginners welcome?”]
Yes! In fact, over 95% of our members started without having any prior experience in the martial arts. We have men and women from all walks of life training with us. We tailor our approach to the individual and experience level. Classes are taught in a progression, ensuring sound understanding of the fundamentals before progressing to more advanced material.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”Where are you located?”]
Please see our training locations page.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”What age groups do you teach?”]
You must be at least 14 years old or older to participate. We’re the only real world reality based self defense training academy in all of Belize and we exclusively teach adults. Although we do occasionally hold 1 day seminars for children younger than 14.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”Am I too old to start?”]
There is a common misconception that you have to have started as a kid to take self defense lessons. That is simply not true. We’ve had adult men and women from all walks of life and age come through our doors to train. If this is something you really want to learn, there is nothing stopping you but you. One of our long time students is 71 years old. If he can do it, so can you![/toggle]

[toggle title=”Do women attend your classes?”]
Yes they do! We have several other women in our classes so you wouldn’t be the only one. In fact, many of our assistant instructors are women.[/toggle]


[toggle title=”What self defense system do you teach?”]
We primarily teach the world renowned reality based self-defense system called Primal Survival Self Defense as well as Primal Balintawak which is a weapons based system of combat. We also have many other programs available.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”What are classes typically like?”]
Each class is structured around the skill level of the participants.

In the beginning class, we focus on making the transition as smooth as possible as most students have no previous self defense experience. Instructors and assistant instructors are there to help make sure everyone gets the time and attention they need so everyone gets answers to their questions.

The intermediate and advanced classes are also structured towards the more advanced skill level of the students and progressively gets more challenging. At these levels, we get into more about the finer points of the system and work on more advanced principles, concepts, and applications.

Each class is one and a half hours long and follows the basic outline below:

Warm up (5 minutes)
Solo Drills (5 minutes)
Lecture (10 minutes)
Basics and partner drills (30 minutes)
Padwork training (15 minutes)
Scenario Training (25 minutes)

Each class is kept at a good pace and we pause as necessary to answer questions – especially in the beginning class. This approach makes for a good workout for both the mind and body. We balance working new material and refining material learned in earlier training sessions. You will definitely get a great workout in each and every class![/toggle]

[toggle title=”What type of training atmosphere can I expect?”]
We have a lot of fun yet take our training seriously. Our instructors are all approachable, easy to talk to and are here to help you get the most out of your training. You’ll never feel like a number and we hold nothing back from our members. While our classes are taught in a group setting, you will always get the time and attention you need due to our low instructor to student ratios. We break out into even smaller groups each class to focus on different aspects so you can get more individualized attention to more thoroughly learn and progress.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”How safe are your classes?”]
We take every precaution to help ensure your safety. Every class is supervised and taught by a qualified instructor and everything is taught step-by-step in a controlled environment. We do not tolerate heavy-handed students, or bad attitudes or egos whatsoever.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”Do I need to have coordination, balance and flexibility to join?”]
These attributes develop over time and are not required to get started. We will never ask you to kick over your head, do the splits or do any back flips. We promise![/toggle]

[toggle title=”What are the benefits of taking your self defense classes?”]
Most of our students began taking self defense to either get into shape and/or to learn effective self-defense. However, there are a lot more benefits that bring great value to our classes including:

Increased self-confidence and self discipline
Improved flexibility, coordination, balance and endurance
Improved mental clarity and concentration
Reduced stress and anxiety
Reduced Fear
Ability to face adversity with a greater sense of calm
And more![/toggle]

[toggle title=”What is your class schedule?”]
We have a wide range of programs that meet throughout the week. Contact us to learn more. See our training locations page.[/toggle]


[toggle title=”How much do lessons cost?”]
If you value a focused self defense program exclusively for adults, that limits its class sizes where you can receive more personal attention, and you want to have access to multiple instructors in each class to more thoroughly learn the system, then we’re likely a good fit for you!

The cost of training is greatly dependent on which program you choose and how often you plan to come to class. After you take our trial program, we will be happy to go over all the rates and associated programs. There is a nominal membership fee and all tests (except for instructor exams) are 100% free which saves you hundreds each year.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”Do you require contracts?”]
No. We give you the freedom to train here free from any long term contract and offer month to month training options. All we ask is 30-days written notice if you can no longer train here for any reason.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”Do you offer any discounts?”]
Yes we do. We offer military, law enforcement and student discounts that can save you up to 25%.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”Do you offer a money back guarantee?”]
The best way we know of is to take us for a no-obligation test drive. Our trial programs come with a 1-week money back guarantee so you’re never out anything if you decide it’s not right for you. We offer these classes so you can experience first hand all the benefits our program provides. If you decide for any reason we’re not a good fit, we part friends and you can get all your money back. No strings attached![/toggle]


[toggle title=”Who is your ideal member?”]
We’re looking for the right fit and aren’t looking to jam as many bodies into our classes as possible. That’s why we offer a 1-week trial program to make sure we both feel it’s a good fit, first, before accepting anyone into our limited class sizes. Ultimately, we’re looking for good natured people who really want to be here, can train regularly, will give it their best effort, will remain humble, have no criminal records and are always ready to learn.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”Do you have any openings?”]
Because we limit our classes to keep our instructor to student ratios low, we often have a waiting list. To learn more about when we have openings in our self defense program exclusively for adults, Contact us.[/toggle]

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