Griffin Defense Tactics (GDT) is the training in practical self defense using MMA and fighting/escape techniques that work in real world situations. Our Chief instructor has defined the program through decades of training in mixed martial arts building our GDT program applying the best techniques of each art to real world situations. We believe that self defense is a critical life skill achievable by all genders and sizes.


Defense Tactics

Griffin Defense Tactics Martial Arts is similar to mixed martial arts (MMA) and uses multiple fighting techniques.  The difference is that unlike MMA and the other forms of martial arts, GDT is not a "sport". Instead GDT is focused on real world scenarios and how to defend yourself against aggressors that mean you harm. With MMA and other martial arts there are rules that are followed, in real life unfortunately there are no rules. Our training focuses on effective escapes, blocks, strikes and submissions without the restrictions of rules that are applied in a ring.


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Bully Defense

Bullying has become a large problem for our children at our schools, playgrounds and extra curricular activities. Everyone has the right to feel mentally and physically safe at all times. At GDT we focus on preventing bullying by discussing bully situations, inspiring stories and the overall building of self confidence. Our goal is to empower the child to de-escalate a problem however, If a bullying situation escalates and becomes physical our students will know how to defend themselves.


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Cardio Martial Arts

The people you see on the cover of fitness magazines have been overrun with MMA fighters.  This is no coincidence, MMA training is an intense program designed to increase your strength, endurance and ooverall fitness.  Our  Griffin MMA Fitness and Cardio classes will help you lose the weight, tighten up your body and have you feeling great in no time.


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Jiu Jitsu

Our Jiu Jitsu training is instructed by Greg Carr.  Gregg has 10 years of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training under Royler Gracie.  Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is world reknown for teaching people how to maximize their positions to take out larger adversaries. Learn the valuable techniques needed when a fight reaches the ground.


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Griffin Defense Tactics


Located at 4070 Charlotte Hwy

Lake Wylie, SC 29710


Please contact us today to reserve your spot in the next class. You can reach us by phone at 803.746.7176 or via our contact form

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