Are You Going to Travel? Take an In Home Self-Defense Lesson. Available to all Oahu Residence. Text or Call Martial Arts Expert and Dual Certified Teacher Sensei J. Richard Kirkham B.Sc. 808.224.1870

Travel safety for Oahu residents and taking an in home self-defense lesson before traveling may be a new idea to some, but it could be a life saving idea for you or your family....

Why take an In home self-defense lesson before going on a trip from Honolulu Hawaii?

Sun Tzu, author of The Art of War said, "To maintain peace, prepare for war."

Oahu residents don't need to go that far, but some basic self-defense should be taken from someone here in Honolulu specializing in self-defense to help you protect your children, spouse and yourself.

Please don't wait until you or a loved one is attacked and then text me or call me for in home self-defense lessons. I'll be happy to help you learn self-defense after such a traumatic event, but I'd rather give you self-defense lessons to help keep you and your loved ones safe before you or a family member is attacked.

How's that old saying go, "An ounce of prevention or a pound of cure."

Okay Mr. Kirkham, but why should I take in home self-defense lessons from you?

I began taking martial arts lessons when I was 14 years old. Karate schools would close, I'd move away from my kung-fu school or I'd have to leave my boxing gym. I placed my focus on self-defense techniques that would work against any attacker(s) despite size and strength. At 63 years old these same techniques still work for my students and me.

As a dual certified teacher I don't just know self-defense, I know how to transfer that knowledge in an efficient, fun manner in such a way that you retain that information.

As a teacher with a background in behavior modification and management, we'll be doing self-defense drills to help your mind prepare for the stress of being attacked so you can successfully defend yourself or a loved one despite the stress and pressure of the hostile environment of the attack.

Sounds great Mr Kirkham! What do you charge?

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I charge the same thing for in home self-defense lessons as I do for in home computer and cell phone lessons and troubleshooting and in home academic tutoring specializing in students with ADHD since I learned to control my own ADHD through martial arts.

$95.00 per hour for one on one private in home self-defense lessons. Because I'm usually substitute teaching or tutoring a student, appointment times are limited. So text or call me as soon as possible to secure your appointment time.

I look forward to helping you keep your family and you safe.


Sensei J. Richard Kirkham B.Sc. Honolulu Hawaii and all of Oahu text or call Rick Kirkham 808.224.1870

What to Look for in a Cane Defense Instructor Who Teaches Self-Defense with Canes for Senior Citizens by in home cane self-defense instructor Sensei J. Richard Kirkham B.Sc. of Honolulu Hawaii Covering all of Oahu text or call 808.224.1870

As a senior citizen myself, who's grown older teaching in home martial arts and self-defense here in Honolulu Hawaii covering all of Oahu, I’ve seen the good self-defense instructors, the bad martial arts instructors and the ugly cane defense instructors (but beauty remains in the eye of the beholder :-) ). I began my martial arts training at 14 years old. I had the ability to adapt and become an even better martial artist and skilled self-defense practitioner and in home self-defense instructor as I got older even to my 63 years on this earth. Fortunately for me my wife hasn’t come to her senses and killed me yet.

With My Qualifications Out of The Way and a Taste of My Dry Sense of Humor, Here’s How to Find a Good Self-Defense Instructor Specializing in Cane Defense for Senior Citizens

Do you want a show or realistic cane defense for seniors?

Often you’ll see self-defense demonstrations that start out just fine. The martial arts instructor has a cane and even limps a little as he “walks the street” in his/her demonstration.

You see three attackers walking up to the self-defense instructor with the cane and assume fighting stances.

What? Yeah, when’s the last time you saw attackers stop and get into fighting stances before they attack someone.

The next thing you know you think you’re in a new rendition of The Matrix with the cane defense instructor hanging in the air as he kicks all three attackers in the face usually without even using the cane for anything.

That’s probably NOT the martial arts instructor you want to train in self-defense with a cane.

Okay So “Neo” is Out. Who’s Next to Teach You How to Use a Cane for Self-Defense

Wait, there’s another martial arts school right over there. Mostly kids in nice neat lines all doing the same punch and kick in front of a mirror. They even have those white uniforms on. That’s probably the place to learn cane defense for seniors right?

Okay you’ve already guessed. No, not the right place to learn cane defense for senior citizens. From a business standpoint, teaching kids martial arts and self-defense is where the money is. The discipline learned by the children is attractive to parents and it’s good for the children as well. Even punching and kicking in front of a mirror has some self-defense value and it’s great exercise. Many kids nowadays are just exercising their thumbs playing video games.

Hold on I See a Self-Defense School. Mostly Adults and Working in Pairs with Some Type of Self-Defense Drill

This has possibilities. Watch the techniques. Are those techniques just slightly out of your comfort zone or way out of your comfort zone. Just slightly is fine. You haven’t been trained in the instructor’s martial art yet. If you see a jumping, flying, spinning hook kick being executed as a self-defense technique, you’re probably at the wrong martial arts school. He’s not the one (yeah another Matrix comment)..

Are any of the students senior citizens? Ask the marital arts instructor if he/she gives lessons to senior citizens. Some may say no stating they don’t have the insurance for it or something like that. Other self-defense instructors may see dollar signs instead of you as a human being and get you signed up on a long-term contract before you even know what happened. Yeah they’re out there. Just like any other profession. Some self-defense instructors may not have a senior self-defense program, but would like to use you to get one started. If that’s the case ask the instructor how much experience he/she has in teaching self-defense to senior citizens.

“None, but I know how to use a cane.”

Up to you, but I’d rather find a martial arts instructor with experience teaching your age bracket.

Take a Drive with Me to This Next Martial Arts School

The students are working in pairs again with a self-defense drill. Some students are even standing to the side of their partner or even behind their partner. This martial arts instructor is not assuming everyone is attacked from the front. That’s good.

The self-defense techniques look pretty simple. Kicks to the knees. Strikes to the eyes. Nothing you can’t handle even 10 years from now.

Let’s go find out if the self-defense instructor has a cane defense class for senior citizens.

She does! Yes I said she. You and I were raised in the same generation. Judge the instructor on his/her skills not gender. I did that on purpose to give you a little shock and to make you think.

You’re Not Done Yet

Go and watch the cane defense class. Are you just slightly uncomfortable with being able to perform the self-defense techniques or very uncomfortable. Like I said, slightly is fine. We all have a learning curve. Talk to the students afte watching the class. How do they like the class? DO NOT just look for someone who agrees with what you’re already thinking. Keep an open mind and weigh all the facts and opinions.

What’s The Absolute Best Option for Learning Self-Defense with The Cane

Why private in home lessons of course. What did you think I was going to say? Seriously though. An experienced cane defense instructor can discuss and discover your strengths, weaknesses, short term and long term injuries. Some of your weaknesses will be improved upon while your strengths are used to increase your ability to defend yourself with or without a cane exponentially.

Your self-confidence will improve.

Your fitness level will improve.

Your ability to defend yourself and loved ones with and without a cane will improve.

Why in home lessons cane self-defense lessons Rick?

As an in home computer, cell phone and tablet tutor and troubleshooter, I have many clients with mobility issues. They may no longer drive or they may actually use a cane for mobility. I’ve found in home, going right to you, to be the best solution. Don’t worry there’s enough room. I mean, if someone breaks into your apartment or house will you tell the burglar there’s not enough room to defend yourself? If you’re going to learn how to protect yourself, you may as well learn to protect yourself in the environment that you’re in.

What Do You Charge for In Home Cane Defense Lessons for Senior Citizens Rick?

For Honolulu Hawaii and all of Oahu I charge $95.00 per hour. Yes I can help you remotely with Zoom or Google Meet for the same rate. You may text or call me at 808.224.1870 to check my availability. If you're on the mainland U.S.A. text only due to time differences. I do not presently do this full time so I will answer the phone in relation to my in home tutoring specializing in students with ADHD and my in home computer, cell phone and tablet tutoring and troubleshooting business .

I look forward to texting or speaking with you


Sensei J. Richard Kirkham B.Sc.

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Stick Self-Defense - Kelly Worden's Defensive Walking Cane - Easy Self-defense with a Stick - Practical martial arts to keep you Safe

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