What We Do?
Streetwise is a family run business specialising in Self Defence and Fitness, teaching traditional and modern forms of Martial arts / Self defence in Hemel Hempstead for over 25 years.
The studio was opened in 2000 by multiple world record holder and friend Paddy Doyle, and offers classes in various styles of self defence and types of fitness training, all delivered by talented and dedicated instructors.
As Decorum’s first full time Martial Arts Studio, Streetwise aims to increase confidence, self esteem and awareness of personal safety within the local community in which it is an active member.
Streetwise instructors have studied with top national and international instructors in their styles including Master Richard Hopkins, Geoff Thompson and Peter Consterdine, Paddy Doyle, Master Gary Fu, Master and Master Eyal Yanilov.
Streetwise believe that self defence systems can keep evolving through the collective experience of the association. If it works for you, use it!
Streetwise classes are taught in a relaxed and inclusive atmosphere this does not mean that the students do not train hard or are not serious, we have found that Streetwise students learn faster and retain knowledge in this type of setting.
Questions are encouraged and individual’s opinions and experiences are used to test the techniques for the benefit of the group. If a technique is not working for a student’s body size or movement pattern (and they are doing it correctly) then it is refined or substituted for another that has the same application and outcome.
Who We Are?
All Streetwise Instructors are fully qualified and experienced in their styles and fitness training. Approachable and dedicated to passing on their knowledge and passion for the Martial Arts and Self defence.
Streetwise requires Instructors taking classes to have up to date basic first aid, insurance and be DBR checked.
Streetwise instructors have, and are still, training with some of the top and most respected national and international instructors in various styles of Self Defence and Martial Arts.
Richard Farmer Head Instructor
- 6th Dan Black Belt Street Defence,
formerly Te-Ashi-Do Jutsu.
- 6th Dan Black Belt Kickboxing.
- 6th Degree Black Belt Tae Kwon Do ITF style.
- 2nd Dan Black Belt Kenjitsu-kai.
- Head Instructor Streetwise Krav Maga.
- Level 2 Instructor World Krav Maga Confederation.
- Y.M.C.A Fitness Instructor CPT.
Richard and Streetwise are longstanding members of WUMA. Inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1998, Richard has competed as a member of the WUMA Great British Squad in 3 World Kickboxing Championships and fought 100 Black Belts in a day to achieve the title WUMA Warlord. Streetwise was named Martial Arts Club of the Year and Richard Instructor of the Year and been inducte again in 2016, 4 times in different categories .
Mr Farmer is a member of the International Bodyguard Union and a member of the World Board of Black Belts.
In 2004 he was awarded Level Two Instructor in Krav Maga from the IKMI.
Active Door supervisor (working Bars/Nightclubs/Events).
Trained with and Taught Members of the British, Italian, French, Dutch, Hungarian, Australian, American & Israeli Police and Military Personnel (including IDF, SAS, Paratroopers & Marines).
Founder of Streetwise Self Defence Limited a Professional Company Specialising in Self Defence.
Lisa Farmer BSc Senior Instructor
- 4th Dan Black Belt Kickboxing
- 2nd Dan Black Belt Kenjitsu-Kai
- 2nd Dan Black Belt Te Ashi-Do Jutsu
- Level 1 Instructor IKMI Krav Maga
Inducted into the WUMA Hall of Fame 3 times, 2004, Female Instructor of the Year 2008/09 and again in 2016 .
Lisa has competed in the WUMA Great British Squad in a World Kickboxing Championship Lisa instructs and specialises in Ladies Only Self Defence Sessions and Childrens classes at Streetwise and as an Senior Occupational Therapist with the NHS is very experienced at adapting to individuals needs from all walks of life. Lisa is also a Sunday school teacher
Richard Farmer Junior MSc Senior Instructor
- 5th Dan Black Belt Kickboxing
- 2nd Dan Black Belt Kenjitsu-Kai
- 1st Dan Black Belt Te Ashi-Do Jutsu
- 1st Degree Black Belt Tae Kwon Do
Inducted into the WUMA Hall of Fame in 2004 and 2016.
Richard Jnr has competed alongside Richard Snr in the WUMA Great British Squad in 3 World Kickboxing Championships and fought 100 Black Belts in a day to achieve the title WUMA Warlord.
With a M.Sc in Occupational Therapy, Richard combines his knowledge of the body with his experience in Martial Arts training and competition to enable all who wish to participate – irrelevant of their physical or mental health.
What They Say About Us
i couldn’t have chosen a better more supportive, fun club to go to every week and would recommend streetwise to any budding martial artist no matter age or background.”
“I have been to many kickboxing gyms and mixed martial arts gyms and Street Wise is by far the least intimidating one so as a beginner it is just perfect.”
Training for the Stunt Register
“experience I feel Krav Maga is the most realistic and effective form of empty hand protection there is, and the streetwise team have a great approach and knowledge to pass this on.”
For general questions
Feel free to get in touch or ask any questions about training with all of us at Streetwise.
Address: 13 Rossgate Gate Gadebridge, Rossgate, Hemel Hempstead HP1 3LG
Phone: 01442 394 399 | 07977 109 233