"I have been a student for 5 years. Tim, the owner and instructor, is very professional and extremely knowledgeable! I feel confident knowing I can protect myself should a situation call for it. When you come into the dojo you will be treated like family and no one will judge you. Whether you are a beginner or a black belt from another discipline - you will learn something new from Tim!!" - Kara W.

"Awesome instructor and fun atmosphere." - Brady A.

"Center of Defensive Arts ties in the importance and seriousness of self-defense with a fun and light hearted class atmosphere. Both my mom and I have had a blast learning from Tim Raftery, and we recommend it to anyone looking for an extremely knowledgeable and caring instructor." - Wendy W.

"Definitely useful for girls (or boys) heading off to college! Highly recommend." - Hayden R.

'"Best block, don't get hit." 
This is great in theory but how we respond when attacked is truly the difference in becoming a victim or being a survivor. Sensei Tim Raftery has mastered the art of survival and I give him my highest recommendation for anyone who is ready to gain the confidence to overcome any adversity or attacker that comes your way." - Jordan C.

"Confidence building! We learn as a family and have fun!" - Mark K.

"I have 2 daughters going away to college this fall and really wanted them to take a self defense class. We chose the Center of Defensive Arts and couldn’t be happier!

We took 3 1.5 hour classes together and he extended each class to be sure that we got the most from each one. We all gained valuable knowledge and confidence in defending ourselves. He is extremely experienced, knowledgeable and cares deeply about teaching these valuable concepts and skills to his students" 

-Leisa R.

"Everything we were looking for and more! Thorough, safe, patient and fun. Highly recommend." - Kathy Z.