Get In The Best Shape Of Your Life - While Learning The Skills To Defend Yourself
Gain the Confidence That Comes With Self-Defense and Fitness--At Any Age
"This aint your mama's cardio-kickboxing class!" No tights, no ankle weights, no Jane Fonda aerobics! ABD Kickboxing Classes are a mix of punching, kicking, knees, and elbows that can burn up to 900 calories per hour while developing and toning every muscle group.
Not only that: The ABD system includes Krav Maga, the number one self-defense system in the world. Developed by the Israeli military, Krav Maga was featured in the Jennifer Lopez move "Enough" and is quick, easy, and fun to learn.
Class is fast-paced, intense, and positively charged. You've never experienced a workout like America's Best Defense Muay Thai and Krav Maga.
Krav Maga Self-Defense... No Nonsense!
If you're tired of the gym and home workouts, the
America's Best Defense system is for you. Combining the arts of Muay
Thai Kickboxing and Krav Maga, ABD is a high-speed, full-power, whole
body workout and self-defense course all in one.
While your body
is getting strong, lean, and toned, you'll be learning the skills to
keep you safe. Hand-to-hand, grappling, or defense against knife or gun
threats... America's Best Defense covers it all, in a safe and fun
Mr. Hesser has been a full-time, professional martial arts instructor for over eight years. Serving as Chief Instructor at America's Best Defense Martial Arts in Norwich, he has the unique ability to communicate the benefits of martial arts to all audiences, from Hartford Dignitary Protection Officers to kindergartners. Mr. Hesser's classes emphasize fitness and self-defense, in a fun and safe environment.
Mr. Hesser, a Colchester resident, has a true passion for providing quality, professional martial arts education to Colchester-area families.
Mr. Hesser's upbeat classes place an emphasis on being in great
shape while learning the "highest percentage" self-defense techniques
availabe--in other words, use what works and forget the rest. If you're
looking for a new way to get in the best shape of your life, without
the slightest chance of getting bored, Josh Hesser is the instructor for
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it okay that I have no experience? Yes. We always have beginners coming in, and we'll show you exactly what you need to know to comfortably keep up with class.
Sounds pretty intense: It’s
a good, thorough workout, that’s for sure. But my classes have a
supportive and fun atmosphere that makes them a great time. No barking
drill-instructors here, just a lot of likeminded people achieving their
Will I be getting hit? Our classes are very SAFE. We use pads, shields, and safety equipment constantly, and the injury rate is VERY low.
What kind of people get involved in this? Just shaved-head, tattooed MMA guys? No
- we have nurses. Doctors. Police officers. Physician’s Assistants.
Casino workers. College students. Interface Analysts. High School
Teachers. House Moms. Engineers. Pipe Fitters. People from all different
walks of life benefit from classes at America’s Best Defense.
Am I Too Old? Too old to get in shape, learn self-defense, and feel great? Is there an age limit on that? Not that I’ve ever heard of.
Are Classes Co-Ed? Yes,
all of our classes are for men and women. We feel, especially for
self-defense, it’s important to work with a variety of partners to
promote realistic training. This results in higher confidence in our
students, which makes you less of a target.
I have previous injuries. Does
that count me out? No. We can always modify what you do to work around
previous injuries, and you’ll NEVER be asked to work through any kind of
How much does it cost? We
have different options to choose from, but most professional martial
arts schools in the area charge between 99 and 180 per month. We find
ourselves somewhere in the middle.
Is your program right for everyone? No.
Our program is designed for people who are serious about getting in
shape and developing confidence. We’re not a sport school. We don’t
really do tournaments. I don’t train cage-fighters, and our environment
is not gym-like. I also don’t teach traditional karate or
cardio-kickboxing. If our program isn’t right for you, I’d be more than
happy to recommend other programs in the area that would be a better
Josh Hesser is taking appointments for introductory classes now. Simply fill in the info below to secure your spot!
Chief Instructor: Josh Hesser
3rd Degree Black Belt in Hybrid Martial Arts
3rd Degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do
Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (awarded by Marco DeLima & Marcus Aurelio 10/10)
Certified Level 1 Tran's Muay Thai Instructor
Submission Grappling Competitor
My life drastically changed almost 4yrs ago; it started the day I saw a sign for a new Martial Arts facility coming to Colchester. It was that day when I drove by that sign, I knew my life was about to change and to finally have an outlet for myself was going to be such an enormous help.
When I joined ABD, I really had no idea what to expect. Never being exposed to this type of environment was like being a tourist in a foreign country. Yet, I was determined to see where my first few months were going to take me. Well, all it took was my first few classes to become bit by the Mr. Hesser bug. I was so very intrigued by him, with the passion and his love for teaching, he was so infectious, how could you not want more. At the end of each of my beginner’s classes, I would always leave with a sense of accomplishment I new this was where I wanted to be and what I had been waiting for, something to change my life in such a positive way.
I will say, in the beginning, it was somewhat tough, going on 47 and hadn’t worked out to this extent in many years was now going to be a new challenge for me. I knew in time this would be a challenge that I too would conquer.
There were many challenges and classes that I thought I would never make it through. If it wasn’t for all my buddy’s, god only knows what would of happened, it would have been so much tougher. I owe a big thank you to all of them. I have been so blessed and honored to have all of them in my life. They are just not my buddy’s, they all have become my ABD family. This is a family who no matter what, will always be there for you, for whatever the reason, and will support you to the end. We have accepted each other for our differences and embrace the fact, that in a way, we are all the same. We are all striving for a goal, and for each, that goal is different. The positive environment, in which we train, is something most people never get to experience. We here at ABD are a very rare and unique breed of people. We thrive on the positive attitudes of one another; never will you see negativity, it does not exist here nor will it ever.
Now, to be involved with some of your greatest peers is awesome. These are the people who you have grown with, who have supported you, gave you their hand when you felt you could not pick yourself up off the mat. Where else can you go and have this phenomenal ABD family? The encouragement, the faith in each other, knowing that we are all in this together for one reason or another, the team that we have become, there is no other place you will ever find this.
You have shared you special gift, your words of wisdom and your love of your craft with me. For this, I am so very grateful, you have changed my life and for that I am so much a better person for it. I have been given a purpose, to be the best that I can be and be proud of what I have become. All due to you Mr. Hesser and Americas Best Defense.
To request information on adult Krav Maga classes at ABD Colchester, simply fill in your info below and hit "sign up." An ABD instructor will contact you soon!
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