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Grandmaster Instructor

Grandmaster John Scali is the owner and chief instructor of the Self Defense America of Virginia.


The school has been in operation since 1995. Teaching students (teens through adults) how to defend themselves in any situation that may encounter. Simple to apply but highly effective.


Serving a diverse group clients ranging from military, police, first responders, business executives, teachers and college/high school students.

Over 35 years of self defense and martial arts training, Master Scali has been teaching the Combat Hapkido Self Defense System since 1994.

Currently, Grandmaster Scali is an Adjunct Professor at Northern Virginia Community College. In addition to his expertise in teaching Combat Hapkido, Grandmaster Scali is a certified OCFM coach and has trained in Tang Soo Do, Taekwondo, Small Circle Jijutsu and Pressure Point theory and application. Grandmaster Scali is a retired naval officer with over 20 years of active duty service.  

Awards and Accomplishments:

  • Licensed Master Instructor by the International Combat Hapkido Federation

  • Licensed International Police Defense Tactics Instructor

  • Certified Eighth Dan in Combat Hapkido 

  • OCFM Coach

  • 1st Dan Pressure Point Fighting

  • Vice-President of International Combat Hapkido Organization

  • Virginia State Director for the International Combat Hapkido Federation

  • Budo Magazine Master of the Year (2006)

  • Inducted in the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame — Regional Instructor of the Year 

  • Pressure Point Defensive Tactics Certified Instructor

  • Member of the International Self Defense for the Disabled 

CALL (703) 631-5289



Practical Self Defense Techniques

Classes are well-suited for men and women of all sizes and ages (13 years old and up) — physical strength and athletic abilities are not essential.  The result is a practical and realistic self-defense system which is fun to learn and offers tangible solutions to realistic life situations.  Our approach to self-defense is both practical and highly scientific.

Our program is a self-defense system called Combat Hapkido. It is an internationally recognized system of self-defense training known for its extreme versatility and comprehsensive discipline of self protection.


Tuesdays @ 8:00 p.m.

Thursdays @ 8:00 p.m.

Saturdays @ 12:00 p.m.


2nd Floor

Gold's GYM

9705 Liberia Avenue

Manassas, VA 20111

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