Janet Presson, R.N., M.Ed.

I’ve been attending Double Edge Self Defense for 6 months now and LOVE it! The workout portion of class is challenging and fun and I’m MUCH stronger and more athletic now than when I began. Doc Howell is an excellent instructor and interesting. He teaches both the technique of injury as well as the psychological…


A. McKnight

I’ve been involved off and on in several styles of MA for over 8 years. Double Edge Self Defense is, hands down, the best martial arts program that I’ve ever participated in. Dr. Howell chains cardio, strength training, focused striking, and behavioral science together into a wonderful masterpiece of self-defense. Dr. Howell knows body mechanics…


R. Weems

I finally started the self defense class after I was robbed.  I’ve always thought Asheville was a safe place and I realized I was pretty naive. This class has  been a life changing experience in a short amount of time. I have a lot of respect for DocHo and the way he teaches. I just…


J. Kelly

After just one class, I realized I had a huge gap in my understanding of violence. I was shocked. This is all so in-your-face, this training. Everybody needs this experience!