The New Zealand Self-Defence Academy (NZSDA) opened its doors to the public in March 2011. We are passionate about teaching people how to defend themselves and their family and believe everyone should have the confidence and skills to do that. That is why we offer weekly group classes 5 days a week as well as private sessions. In addition to private clients, we work with many security, law enforcement and corporate ones.

Chief instructor


Andre Maritz has over 35 years of experience in different martial arts. He has a black belt (Shodan) in Karate, and did years of boxing while serving in the National Defence Force of South Africa. After practicing kick-boxing as well, he trained and competed professionally in Muay Thai for 14 years. After surviving a violent carjacking, he realized that what is works in the ring will not necessarily save you on the street. He looked for a system that is effective, easy and enjoyable to learn, and builds confidence and fitness... and found Krav Maga.

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We are in Wellington City, NZ

+64 21 169 49 59  |  info@selfdefenceacademy.co.nz