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You have the capacity to

DEFEND YOURSELF

> Discover your RIGHT, RESPONSIBILITY,RESOURCE & RATIONALE to protect yourself, you may have not known existed

> Discern the myths and triggers that impact your ability to manage confrontations, sudden violence and aggression

> Deploy appropriate strategies and tactics to defend yourself, stay safe and confidently face life's challenges

1 in 4 Kids experience bullying 

DOES YOURS?

Augment their ABCs against bullying...

AWARENESS - Develop situational and self awareness 

BOUNDARIES - Establish boundaries through verbal and physical skills 

CONFIDENCE - Self Belief in their ability to face challenges

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welcome to cadre academy

CADRE Academy is a specialist provider of relevant, realistic and responsible, complete self defense education, martial arts and life-skills training. We are the FIRST & ONLY scenario and behavioral based self defense training provider in Singapore. Bringing a scientific approach to self defence training through the use of appropriate and proprietary learning models to empower our students of all ages with personal mastery and true confidence.

CADRE is the only recognized and leading training center for KAPAP Krav Maga; Israeli Jiu-jitsu, by its founder Major Avi Nardia. We are also the authorized training centers for SPEAR system, CQB Group International, CSSD, WT Olympic Style Taekwondo & Kummooyeh (Korean Sword & Traditional Archery) 

our philosophy

At CADRE, we believe that self defense skills are inarguably important life-skills that everyone must possess. We also believe that just because someone joins a martial arts class, doesn't automatically mean he can know how to defend himself. Not every lesson is relevant for the real world

We therefore ensure that every session must enhance the students ability to access their skills in the real world. The skills taught must not only cover physical techniques, but also cover the emotional and psychological skills that support decision making. 

Growing up, Master Leon was at the butt of jokes, even from family members, as well as in school. He was also target of bullies outside of school which eventually drove him to pick up martial arts. In these earlier years, even with the martial arts training, he wasn’t confident of protecting himself (there was still the fear and he had to arm himself with a knife to feel safer).

As he trained, he grew in confidence, and eventually began teaching others self defense and martial arts. Some years later, however, despite already being accomplished in martial arts, and having students who were winning competitions, he was attacked overseas, and he realized that he wasn’t able to adequately access the martial arts skills that he had learnt.

This set him on a journey, to understand how personal protection and self defense goes beyond just learning the physical skills. He discovered that learning by rote doesn’t enhance our spontaneity and decision making, and further, how emotions and psychology affect our physical abilities.

The journey led him to be mentored by notable masters and experts with proven track record. Experts like GrandMaster Avi Nardia (Founder of KAPAP Krav Maga, Official Trainer for the Israeli Counter-Terrorist Unit), Mr Bobby Gabershek (Founder of CQB Group, Serbian Special Forces), Mr Tony Blauer (Founder of the SPEAR System, world’s only behavioural based self defense system), Grandmaster Bram Frank (Founder of Modular Blade System). He also sought academic certifications in Applied Psychology, Sports & Exercise Science, as well as Applied Science.  

With the a passion to teach, Leon also adjuncts as a lecturer with local tertiary institutions, sits on the board of leaders and educators for Avi Nardia Academy Worldwide. He has also served as national coach to the Singapore Taekwondo team and currently sits on the expert panel as technical advisor of the Singapore Armed Forces Close quarters combat training.

Now having broken through, he brings more than 3 decades of experience to empower anyone concerned about their safety in confrontations, sudden violence and aggression, to completely and effectively protect themselves, not only physically, but emotionally and psychologically by applying his three proven simple steps.  

Leon Koh

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Self Defense & Life-skills

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Kids Martial Arts

Our kids self defense classes are unique. We are the only school in Singapore that focuses on scenario based training.


Children learn through experiencing scenarios (safely, of course) that they could encounter in their daily lives (in class, at playground, etc)


All classes are developmentally age appropriate, ensuring a blend of fun with sufficient challenge, yet in a safe environment.


They not only learn self defense as a life-skill, but also develop other character traits, such as discipline, respect, confidence, self control to name a few, through our structured and intentional mat chats.

women self defense

Our adult self defense classes focuses providing students with a mental blueprint to manage dangerous situations .


We use real world scenarios based on actual occurrences caught on video, to teach men and women self defense. 


Classes not only help you develop the physical tactics required to survive the attack, but also to practice the decision making process, develop observational skills that could significantly increase your safety, all in safe and conducive training environment.


The training in our adult classes transcend just defending against a bad guy, but into personal development of mental and emotional strength.

corporate workshops

corporate workshops

Our corporate workshops aim to empower your greatest assets: Your People!


We use self defense training activities as a platform for team building, as well as, personal development. 


Participants not only learn relevant real world applicable self defense skills, but also gain more clarity on the personal beliefs, foster trust with team members










Our Founder

Growing up, Master Leon was at the butt of jokes, even from family members, as well as in school. He was also targeted outside of school which eventually drove him to pick up martial arts. In these earlier years, even with the martial arts training, he wasn’t confident of protecting himself (there was still the fear and he had to arm himself with a knife to feel safer).


As he trained, he grew in confidence, and eventually began teaching others self defense and martial arts. Some years later, however, despite already being accomplished in martial arts, and having students who were winning competitions, he was attacked overseas, and he realized that he wasn’t able to adequately access the martial arts skills that he had learnt.

Leon Koh


This set him on a journey, to understand how personal protection and self defense goes beyond just learning the physical skills. He discovered that learning by rote doesn’t enhance our spontaneity and decision making, and further, how emotions and psychology affect our physical abilities.

The journey led him to be mentored by notable masters and experts with proven track record. Experts like GrandMaster Avi Nardia (Founder of KAPAP Krav Maga, Official Trainer for the Israeli Counter-Terrorist Unit), Mr Bobby Gabershek (Founder of CQB Group, Serbian Special Forces), Mr Tony Blauer (Founder of the SPEAR System, world’s only behavioural based self defense system), Grandmaster Bram Frank (Founder of Modular Blade System). He also sought academic certifications in Applied Psychology, Sports & Exercise Science, as well as Applied Science.  

With the a passion to teach, Leon also adjuncts as a lecturer with local tertiary institutions, sits on the board of leaders and educators for Avi Nardia Academy Worldwide. He has also served as national coach to the Singapore Taekwondo team and currently sits on the expert panel as technical advisor of the Singapore Armed Forces Close quarters combat training.

Now having broken through, he brings more than 3 decades of experience to empower anyone concerned about their safety in confrontations, sudden violence and aggression, to completely and effectively protect themselves, not only physically, but emotionally and psychologically in his three proven simple steps.  



Some of our Corporate Clients

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Testimonials from our adults students

Today I am more aware of my surroundings, I am more secure, more confident. This place has made me tough!

- Marie, Avid traveler / Entrepreneur 

Master Leon's empathetic nature on how we think, encourages to grow from where we are, makes me want to learn more.

- Calvin, CEO

I used to think that my body combat classes in gym would do me well, until I realized that gym classes and real world self defense is very different. There is also the physical and psychological awareness

- Cindy, Marketing Professional