NPC offers Self-Defense classes

Master John Accardo will be providing basic instruction in personal self-defense and kickboxing in noncredit classes this fall at Northland Pioneer College locations in Snowflake, Show Low, Springerville/Eagar and Holbrook.

You don’t have to be big or strong to use the techniques Master Accardo will share in the Self-Defense class (reference HPE 099x) on Saturday, September 15, from 10 a.m. to Noon, at the Snowflake/Taylor Campus, 1611 S. Main St. “You just need to know where to hit to put someone down,” he explains. The cost of the one-day class, open to ages 14 and up, is $20.

He will be offering the same basic self-defense class at NPC’s Show Low campus, 1001 W. Deuce of Clubs, on Saturday, October 13 and at the Holbrook campus, 2251 E. Navajo Blvd., on December 8. All classes meet from 10 a.m. to Noon and cost $20. A group self-defense class in kickboxing is being offered at NPC’s Springerville/Eagar Center, 940 E. Maricopa in Springerville, on three consecutive Saturdays, November 3 through 17, from 10 to 11 a.m. There is a $50 fee for the class. Master Accardo combines martial arts techniques with cardio for an amazing workout. You’ll learn basic kicking and punching techniques while working on stretching and physical conditioning. Open to all levels.

Master John Accardo is a 6th Degree black belt with over 43 years of experience in martial arts. Master Accardo was voted instructor of the year in 1990, and is still a top instructor today, not just teaching his own class but teaching black belts and other masters instructors. Master Accardo was also two-time state champ and 3rd twice in the world competition for fighting. In the last 30 years, he has been working on and perfecting the simplest self-defense from punching and kicking to knife defense, very simple to use and very painful for the attacker.

Register for the Self Defense or Kickboxing class at least four days before the class starts to ensure it is not canceled due to insufficient enrollment. You can now register and pay for noncredit classes online at Need help registering? NPC campus offices have computers available to use for registering for classes.

NPC’s Community and Corporate Learning Division provides personal interest and specialized corporate training throughout NPC’s service area. For more information about noncredit, personal interest classes, contact Katharine Olsen, community learning specialist, (800) 266-7845, ext. 6244, or email For corporate training, contact Royce Kincanon, corporate learning coordinator, (800) 266-7845, ext. 6239, or email