Central Ohio's Self Defense Headquarters

USKMA Krav Maga, Kembativz Brand Combatives, Kids Krav Maga, Women's Self Protection, MMA, CQC

Call us @ 614-407-6847


Get Fit-Get Safe-Get Krav Maga

 "Experience a great workout while you learn skills that can be used to protect you and your family.” 

Intro Class with FREE BSD T-Shirt


30 minute Intro to Krav Maga

Come experience why KRAV MAGA is the #1 Rated Self Defense System in the world. Once you're done with the Intro, plan to stay for a complimentary Level 1 Class that follows. WEDNESDAY'S @ 5:45pm and SATURDAY'S @ 9:30am

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About Us


Co-Owners and Instructors- Jack Gabalski, Joe Winter, and Scott Morrison

Scott Morrison - Lead Instructor- USKMA Krav Maga Black Belt - Certified Kembativz Instructor - Ladies Self Defense Coordinator - Combatives Instructor

Scott Morrison - Certified Unarmed Kembativz Instructor, Krav Maga Instructor

* One of the first ten internationally to be certified by Black Belt Hall of Famer, Kelly McCann 

* USKMA Certified Krav Maga Black Belt

* USKMA Certified Level 5 Krav Maga Instructor

* Level 5 Defensive Handgun

* Level 5 Tactical Handgun

* Scott has trained with numerous premier Krav Maga, Combatives, Close Quarters Combat, and Weapons trainers from around the world.


Joseph Winter- Krav Maga Instructor, Kids Krav Maga Program Director

USKMA 2nd Degree Black Belt


Jack Gabalski- Krav Maga Instructor

 Jack started his martial arts journey at the OSU Shotokan Karate Club where he earned his brown belt in the late '80's. Eager for training that was less traditional and more practical he began working out at the International Martial Arts Academy of Columbus learning elements of boxing, grappling, and stick and knife fighting. After hearing a friend's recommendation about the attributes of Krav Maga, Jack joined a gym in Gahanna and hasn't looked back. He has been instructing now for several years at local Krav gyms and community groups with his passion for helping people learn to stay safe. He is co-owner of Buckeye Self Defense, and a Level 4 Krav practitioner. 


Our Philosophy

The number of techniques is kept to a minimum so you can master them in a matter of months rather than years. The defenses are designed to rely on gross-motor movements, which means they’ll work under pressure in a real fight. Most important, the entire program was created as a lawful self-defense system, one that teaches legally defensible responses to attacks.

Simply put, there’s no better self-defense system or course in existence. If you’ve never taken a martial arts lesson in your life, no problem! We cover everything you need to know from the ground up. If you’ve trained in a traditional martial art for years or even decades, we won’t try to get you to abandon your roots. Instead, we’ll tell you how your current skills fit into this system and how you can tweak them for maximum effectiveness on the street.

Buckeye Self Defense in Gahanna / Columbus Ohio, self defense school, Kelly McCann, Michelle Ly, Kembativz Brand, Krav Maga, USKMA , Combatives, Fitness, Women's Self Protection, Martial Arts, New Albany, Westerville, Reynoldsburg, Pataskala, Blacklick 


Our Facility

Modern studio, conveniently located between Gahanna and New Albany in the Rocky Point Plaza at 939 East Johnstown Road  

Our Mission

First and foremost, is to help our members become safer and healthier. It is also to be a positive influence in our members’ lives and in our community. We take this mission very seriously and we try to fulfill it daily.  


Kembativz Brand Combatives - Black Belt Hall of Fame's Kelly McCann
USKMA Krav Maga

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Buckeye Self Defense

939 East Johnstown Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230, United States



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06:00 pm – 08:00 pm

Available for Semi-Private LESSONS and GROUP EVENTS

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