Alpha Combatives is no ordinary martial arts school. Instead of a traditional training hall approach, we provide a dynamic learning experience for adults only. Classes are designed and customized for the individual, not a classroom full of strangers, ensuring each student can maximize their potential.
We offer one Tactical Course for Law Enforcement and Military Personnel, three traditional styles, as well as a variety of conceptual arts.
Training under Alpha means you get the whole package: the diversity of knowledge, teaching skill, and 25 years of martial arts experience. No matter your background, body type, or experience level, our Alpha instructors will customize the program to get you to your goals.
Joseph S. Harrison
I have known Sensei/Guro James Conkell for more than 25 years. His ability to teach is second to none and always over delivers on quality lessons to his clients. His experience in safety, martial arts, education, personal training and personal development are top tier in their class. Not many instructors out there with as well rounded of experience as his. If you are looking for a great instructor who cared AND delivers, go to Alpha Combatives.
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I started my Jeet Kune Do training this past summer with James. I am highly impressed. So far we have worked on a mixture of boxing, muay thai kickboxing, taekwondo, karate, and kali (filipinio stick fighting). This is only the beginning. I realize there's so much more ahead of me that I look forward to learn. I have to say, James is seriously one of the BEST martial arts instructors I've ever met. I guess in my view it is somewhat rare for me to say that because through my time training in martial arts up until now I've met many instructors who just didn't click with me because of their poor attributes. That is certainly not the case at Alpha Combatives. James has all the qualities of a proper martial arts instructor one could ask for, he is truly friendly, patient (which is huge to be a good teacher), personable, creative, has a huge appreciation for and knowledge of the martial arts, and understandable. He takes into consideration a student's prior experience in any martial art (if any) and creates a customized training program for that student. One student's training will not quite be the same as another student. Alpha Combatives does not use a one-size-fits-all approach for its students, which is key for anyone wanting to reach their true potential in the martial arts.Believe me, I have been to schools in the past where there are too many students, making it not as likely to receive personal attention from the instructor or the instructor does not make an effort to get to know his students personally. I've also been to schools where many times I felt like I was just another number and not part of the family because of the big environment. Here at Alpha Combatives, I am pleased to have the full attention of James, the instructor, during my training session, we get to know eachother alot, and I completely feel like I am part of a family and not forgotten. I have been absent from training for quite some time and recently James got in contact with me to see how I was doing. That proves how much a FANTASTIC martial arts instructor James is because he does not forget about his students or their well being. Keep in mind, all of this at an affordable price! I mean affordable. There are too many martial arts instructors in the area that will charge a high price for one-on-one training, even well over $100 for one class. Martial arts should be accessible to anyone that wants to train. Alpha Combatives offers a really affordable rate for training, personalized attention from highly qualified head instructor James, and knowledgeable experience in martial arts to add to your arsenal, all in a fun, safe, and friendly atmosphere.Although I have not gotten too deep into my JKD training yet, I already learned several cool techniques that are very helpful for practical self defense should the unfortunate time come for me to have to use them. Training in JKD has given me more confidence than ever knowing that I am slowly building up the skills needed to be able to effectively defend myself in a realistic situation. I do train in a combat sport and although I love it, one has to understand that a punch or kick to the face may not always work in street self defense. For example, James has shown me a couple of kicks that are more practical for defending yourself and trust me they work even better for causing damage to an attacker. JKD is a perfect choice for anyone wanting to get into martial arts or to learn more about self defense. It is a combination of many styles of martial arts into one. It's alot of fun, believe it! I love to learn a variety of martial arts and this is perfect for me to do so. I guarantee you will love training at Alpha Combatives once you start, whether it'd be for JKD or another martial art style you are interested in. There's no need for beginners to feel nervous as you will learn in a comfortable environment. All advanced martial artists were once beginners too. It is not as common to find someone as passionate and caring as James to be your martial arts instructor. Take advanatge of training here TODAY! More...
James Conkell, who is the head instructor of Alpha Combatives, is great, patient, and extremely knowledgeable. He is very conscientious and caters his classes to suit the interests, experience/skill level, and needs of the individual. For me, this has included exposure to JKD, Muay Thai, boxing, karate, and Escrima. I am also really interested in learning how to react in situations where I might have to defend myself, so I also appreciate getting the chance to learn techniques that are also on the more practical side. This is a mobile business, so while it says he is based in Arlington, he has come out to teach me in DC. I look forward to every class and always feel like I am getting a great work out as well as improving my technique. His prices are also very reasonable and I highly recommend contacting him for more info. More...