ACCESS OUR SCHEDULE
& EXCLUSIVE WEB SPECIAL

Secure your spot and get started today with our EXCLUSIVE offer!

By opting into the web form above you are providing consent for ATTLowcountry to send you periodic text messages. Standard rates may apply. You can reply HELP at anytime or learn more. You may opt-out anytime by replying STOP.
ACCESS OUR SCHEDULE
& EXCLUSIVE WEB SPECIAL

Secure your spot and get started today with our EXCLUSIVE offer!

By opting into the web form above you are providing consent for ATTLowcountry to send you periodic text messages. Standard rates may apply. You can reply HELP at anytime or learn more. You may opt-out anytime by replying STOP.
Daniel Mcfann reviewed ATTLowcountry
5
via Facebook

If your looking for a professional, knowledgeable, clean, focused place for you or your child to learn bjj then I couldn't recommend this place more. I have two children who learn here. The environment is that of any top level gym and the staff is knowledgeable and focused on you or your child learning not only a martial art but lessons they can carry everyday to make them stronger and better people

Ellie Rivers reviewed ATTLowcountry
5
via Facebook

It can be pretty intimidating when you first walk in, but you are instantly greeted by friendly faces from both coaches and other students. I'm fairly new to BJJ and thought for sure in a big gym like ATT lowcountry I would fade into the background. That couldn't be further from the truth! Malachy takes the time to get to know all of his students and offers individualized instruction during classes. He's also kind of funny sometimes! Absolutely love this gym! Can't imagine training anywhere else!

David Diaz reviewed ATTLowcountry
5
via Facebook

Absolutely amazing place! They welcomed my Daughter with open arms!definitely going to evaluate her to the next level. Highly recommend!!!!

Eric York reviewed ATTLowcountry
5
via Facebook

I just started training here about two or three months ago. I travel full-time and have trained BJJ all over the world. There are a hand-full of places on the planet that make you feel like a member of the family from the moment you walk in. ATT Low Country is one of them! The BJJ here is top-notch and they have training 6 days a week, multiple classes. They have a great group of folks there, especially the owners Malachy and Sarah! I wouldn't hesitate to refer anyone to train here! Oss!

Camden Dobbs Bowman reviewed ATTLowcountry
5
via Facebook

My first experience was a very good one.. everyone was very nice and helpful to me. I have zero experience in this art form. A warm but disciplined environment and very professional. I am excited about continuing to train here.. I will be back bet on that!

Justin Pohl reviewed ATTLowcountry
5
via Facebook

After recently moving to the Charleston area, I tried out a few gyms liking for the best fit. ATT lowcountry offered the exactly what I was looking for with a great schedule with multiple class times! Everyone was extremely welcoming and the teaching is top notch! Highly recommend!

Noelle Guerry reviewed ATTLowcountry
5
via Facebook

My oldest son just started his boxing journey and I am thrilled we chose ATT. Coach Isaac is amazing and everyone in the classes are super supportive. I can’t wait to see the growth in my son! If you’re looking for quality classes, you won’t be disappointed!

ATTLowcountry Charleston Martial Arts & Fitness for All Ages!
Call us today to get started 843-561-4848
Request Information

Blog

Our latest news & thoughts

Women’s Self-Defense Class in Charleston

Women’s Self Defense at American Top Team

Malachy Friedman, will hold self defense class for women at American Top Team in West Ashley on February 10th 2018. You can sign up right here Free Women’s Self-Defense February 10th

About 100 women learn self-defense tactics from former professional cage fighter

“Malachy Friedman, hardened fighter and instructor of professional mixed martial artists, stood in front of a crowd of women in early January and urged them to be careful.

Few of the women were committed martial artists. Before asking his pupils to partner up and practice, he advised them to be wary of all men.

There is no reason for a man to approach a woman who is by herself, he said. If he needs a lighter, a phone or directions, he can go elsewhere.

Cheers and claps from the crowd.

Women were invited to the mixed-martial arts gym to learn a few tactics on how to handle being attacked. But the former professional fighter didn’t teach the women to throw even a single punch. Instead, he focused on techniques that might help them escape dangerous situations.

“This is not a fight,” he said.

A class on Jan. 5 was the fourth free seminar Friedman has offered. More women have showed up every time. Though he could probably charge for the instruction, Friedman considers the classes his contribution to women’s safety.Women's Self defense Charleston

The event caught fire on Facebook. About 100 women showed up to American Top Team in West Ashley, with many more RSVPing. Participants ranged in age from children to women in their 60s.

Harrassment, sexual assault and violence against women have been in the news more than usual lately, beginning with allegations of rape against Hollywood producer Harvery Weinstein. The #MeToo movement has continued to sustain the conversation.

“It’s a beautiful thing to see women being bolder and claiming the right to be protected,” said Tracy Graham, one of the class participants and a regular at American Top Team.

Graham said she has a family member who was abused in a relationship. She said she is concerned about sexual assault and thinks it may be time for women to do more to protect themselves.

“I’m all for people having the right to bear arms. But you don’t always have those weapons, a gun or a knife, at your disposal,” she said. “It’s good to know those basic skills.”

Friedman said he labors over what techniques he should choose to teach during the hour-and-a-half classes. He keeps a notebook he says he stays up at night to fill with curriculum none of his students will ever hear. He knows his pupils will only benefit if they practice, and he doesn’t want them to walk away with a false sense of confidence.

He cracked jokes during the class, but in an interview, his face was creased with worry discussing the subject of women’s self-defense. He talks about his daughter, who is 20. He hopes she’ll be careful. He knows the statistics.

One in six women have been victim to an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime, according to the Rape in America report published by the National Crime Victims Research & Treatment Center.

More than anything, Friedman worries about bad information. Videos circulate on social media sites, showing an escape from an attack Friedman feels sure would never work.

It’s the real world that Friedman is worried about.

He encouraged women to buck the social mores that tell them to be nice to anyone who approaches them.

“That’s not a time to be like, ‘I don’t know him. He could be a doctor,'” Friedman laughed.

You should know when someone is behind you, Friedman said. He preaches spacial awareness and caution.

Still, Friedman said, none of the skills he teaches are useful without practice.”

 

 

https://www.postandcourier.com/womens-self-defense-class-at-american-top-team/youtube_a31b8d5a-fc96-11e7-98c3-63c0721f4985.html