Woodall’s Self-Defense FAQs

WSD teaches ongoing self-defense classes to ages 5 and up.  Please see FAQs below.

We also provide seminars and lectures to corporations, churches, businesses, groups, and school districts.  For more information on those events, please see our seminars page.

The R.E.C.O.V.E.R. Empowerment Program is a different facet of WSD that focuses on the therapeutic benefits of self-defense.  Please see that page for information.

  1. What style is taught at the school?
  2. Is this a traditional school? Do you teach kata’s (forms)?
  3. Who is the head instructor and what is his/her background?
  4. What is your lineage and history?
  5. Do you specialize in children’s classes?  At what age can my child start?
  6. Are private lessons available?
  7. How long will it take me to get to Black Belt?
  8. What is the difference between self-defense and martial arts? Don’t all systems teach self-defense?
  9. May I try it out to see if I like it?
  10. Can families train together?
  11. Do you wear traditional karate uniforms?
  12. What is the cost?
  13. Is there a charge for belts and testing?
  14. Is there a contract?
  15. Do you offer short, day classes in addition to your on-going weekly classes?
  16. I am a therapist or advocate for a victim service agency and have specific questions for my clients.  To whom do I speak?
  17. I  have more questions.


1)   What style is taught at the school?

Answer:   The school program is an eclectic-based system (called Won Yuen Fa) that combines several different martial arts. The foundation arts of the system are:

System 5 Combat Karate, Shaolin Kempo, and STIHC (tactics taught to military  and law enforcement personnel). The system also teaches various skills from  other arts such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Sambo, Wing Chun, Kung Fu, Aikido, Arnis,   kick-boxing, Tae Kwon Do, Shotokan, Judo, and Aiki-Jujitsu.

2) Is this a traditional school? Do you teach kata’s (forms)?

Answer:   Won Yuen Fa is a hybrid form of self-defense. The system is solely focused on practical self-defense. Therefore, it is not a traditional system, nor do we emphasize kata training.

3) Who is the head instructor and what is his/her background?

Answer:   Mr. Conrad Woodall is the founder and head instructor of the Won Yuen Fa   system.  Mr. Woodall is retired from being a full time Police Officer for the City of Sacramento and is currently adjunct faculty at Sierra College in Rocklin.  He has a master’s degree in Forensic Psychology and a bachelor of arts degree in Philosophy from California State University, Sacramento.  He has been on radio and TV, and lectured at large corporations, businesses, and organizations as a personal safety expert.  He is also deeply involved in victim service agencies such as W.E.A.V.E. and Stand Up Placer.

Mr. Woodall began his martial arts training in May of 1990. In addition to founding the Won Yuen Fa system, Mr. Woodall has a 4th degree Black Belt in American Combat Karate, a 1st degree Black Belt in Shaolin Kempo, a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, and is a certified instructor in Law Enforcement training in the areas of Impact Weapons, Defensive Tactics (self-defense for law enforcement officers), and Ground Fighting (grappling for law enforcement officers). He has competed in both point sparring and full contact Kick-boxing. Mr. Woodall has also cross-trained in Sambo, Wing Chun, Aikido, Arnis, Okinawan Karate, Kick-boxing, Tae Kwon Do, American Kenpo, and Aiki-Jujitsu, although he does not hold a high rank in any of those arts.

4)  What is your lineage and history?

Answer:  You may access our lineage here.

5) Do you specialize in children’s classes?

Answer:   Yes, we do.  The children’s  classes are from ages 5 to 12.  Unlike most other martial arts schools, we have a program that is developed  especially for children. Other schools might say they specialize in children’s classes but ask their instructors if they have taken any E.C.E (early   childhood education) courses and they probably won’t know what you are talking about. Mr. Woodall has an extensive background working with children.   During his college years, Mr. Woodall was a teacher at a daycare center for the City of Roseville. As a result, he took numerous classes and received job-specific training in Early Childhood Education. Mr. Woodall had the opportunity to spend four and half years working with children from the ages of 5 to 12 while working for the City of Roseville . Our program uses many of the same methodologies that school teachers use, but applied to a martial arts curriculum.

6) Are private lessons available?

Answer:   Yes, private lessons are available. We have several black belt instructors who work with students on a private basis. If you desire specialized training for a specific reason (such as law enforcement training or control locks for security guards/bouncers), that can also be arranged. Please make an appointment to discuss your interests and a tailor-made program can be designed for you.

7) How long will it take me to get to Black Belt?

Answer:   This is not a school that promotes you every three months so they can keep you motivated and keep collecting monthly dues. How long it takes you to get to Black Belt depends on how much time and effort you put into your training.   There is no set time on how long it takes but I will say that your average person who trains regularly (minimum of 2 days per week) should be able to reach Black Belt in 4 years. Note: You have to be at least sixteen years old to test for a Black Belt in this system. There is no such thing as an eight or nine year old child capable of truly comprehending all of the mental and physical elements necessary to become worthy of wearing a Black Belt. We will not give a child a false sense of security by giving them something they are not ready to fully understand.

8) What is difference between self-defense and martial arts? Don’t all systems teach self-defense?

Answer:   No, all systems do not teach self-defense. This is not a question that can be answered in a few sentences so we created a specific page just for this question. To read a more in depth analysis of the difference between martial arts and self-defense click here.

9) May I try it out to see if I like it?

Answer:   Yes! The easiest way to sign up for our intro class is to fill out the form located here. You may also call the school at 916.660.9311 M-Sat, 9am-9pm, drop in during class times (see the schedule), or email info@fit4defense.com.

10)  Can families train together?

Answer:  Though we don’t currently have a “Family Night” for all age groups, many families have trained at Woodall’s.  The children’s classes group ages 7 to 12 together, and the adult classes are for ages 13 and up.  The written material you receive also makes it easy to train at home as a family, as many of the strikes – and even the techniques! – are the same or similar for children and adults.

11)    Do you wear traditional karate uniforms?

Answer:  Yes, we do.  The colored belts help the instructors know what each individual   student is working on and has learned. The uniforms are black for easier care and night drills. Adults will also train in street clothes on occasion, and often in advanced course work.

12)  What is the cost?

Answer:  Classes are $89 per month for up to two days per week.  There are discounts for multiple family members.
Private lessons run from $40 to $60 /hr. depending on the instruction, and also give group discounts.
There is also a small, one-time membership fee.  Ask about any current specials.

13)  Is there a charge for belts and testing?

Answer:  We do not charge for belts.  There is no test fee for any testing below green belt.  Children begin “formal” testing for their Advanced Green belt, and adults for their 1st Degree Brown.

14)    Is there a contract to sign?

Answer:  We have a membership agreement for liability and insurance purposes, and to provide you with a set amount of time that guarantees your prices will not be raised. The agreement may be “frozen” for your family to participate in vacations or other events, or cancelled with current account status and appropriate notification.

15)    Do you offer short, day classes in addition to your on-going weekly classes?

Answer:  There is no substitute for consistent learning over a period of time, but yes, we do offer short courses and seminars.  The most popular of these is the College Safety Course   for women.  We also do occasional seminars for the public, offer a course through http://www.sierracollege.edu/ (keyword:  WOODALL), and have other events.  See our CALENDAR to check for anything upcoming that you may be interested in, or join our seminar email list by using the Contact page.

16)  I am a therapist or advocate for a victim service agency and have specific questions for my clients.  To whom do I speak?

Please call the school directly at 916.660.9311, 9am-9pm,   Mon-Sat.  If this is an emergency that does not require 911 you may call 24/7 to the school number or backup line at 916-652-4549.

17)  I have more questions.

Answer:  Great!  Please call us at 916.660.9311, M-Sat, 9am-9pm.    We would love to speak with you!