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Raven Self Defense Academy is not a gym, where individuals train in relative isolation; it is a community. Our instructors work hard to get to know each individual, and work to accommodate their personal needs.

We are based in the philosophy of developing the Body, Mind and Spirit through the traditional Martial Arts Way of Life. This includes development of physical and cerebral self-defense skills, improvement of stamina and physical health, development of concentration and focus and expansion of self-control and social awareness.

RAVEN is a university of the martial arts, and we maintain the highest standards of respect, courtesy and professional training. Our students train with each other, and not against each other. From our students we expect kindness, integrity, respect, loyalty, humility, and a warrior mentality.

The primary focus of our curriculum is the continual improvement and development of all of our students. We believe that on our training mat there is never an opponent but many training partners. We all train and sweat together for the shared goal of improving everyone’s ability. We train like a family and believe the strength of the RAVEN Ohana (family) is each individual member and the strength of each member is the RAVEN Ohana team

Age, gender, current fitness level or athleticism are not factors in starting martial arts training.

Our Classes

Our group classes are dynamic, challenging, interesting, and most of all...FUN! Classes normally begin with some type of functional warm-up. During this time, students engage in aerobically based movement that features the same body mechanics required in martial arts training. ​ Once students are adequately “loosened up,” group class will focus on one or two specific aspects of the Way of the Raven, Shaolin Kempo JuJitsu curriculum. These include:

Speed & Agility

Speed and agility training may include kickboxing drills, work with weapons from the SKJ, or specific evasive movement.

Striking and Kicking

Striking and kicking practice and drills are essential elements of all martial arts. Specific drills using the focus pads, kicking shields, or other pieces of equipment will help coordination, build upper and lower body strength and greatly increase stamina. Students may work on previously learned skills, or be introduced to a new method of kicking or striking based on our wide range of inclusive styles.

Self-Defense & Counter Aggression

Students learn the essential skills necessary to deal with both physical and verbal aggression. The focus on is real world self-defense training. You will learn proven techniques that include defenses against punches, kicks, grabs, chokes, and weapons. Self-defense is an integral part of group class, and teaches students the movements and reactions necessary to overcome any aggressive situation.

Cerebral Self Defense

A martial art consists of more than physical movement, it is also a mental mindset. Students are taught how to evaluate aggressive behavior. They also learn to deal with overpowering personalities, and to become empowered by their knowledge of self-defense. This aspect of training directly transfers to daily life when dealing with any stressful situation or overpowering circumstances.


All of the Martial Arts taught in our dynamic group classes are also available on a private or semi-private basis. Whether your interest is in private one-on-one instruction, training with a friend, family training, or a group of friends who want to learn specific skills - we can create a training program for you! RSDA instructors are certified to teach JuJitsu, Shaolin Kempo, Hawaiin Kenpo, Blackhawk Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Jeet Kune Do, Krav Maga, Kamiyama Ninpo, and Apache Knife. As a  privet training student you can request to learn a specific style and earn rank certification in the style of your liking, or simply choose to learn our signature Shaolin Kempo JuJitsu.  Please message us for more information about private lessons. 


Kaiso Raven Cain


He was awarded his Judo and Ju-Jitsu Black Belt under Grandmaster E.R. Spruiell, 10th Dan with whom he is a direct student.  He is also a direct student in Shaolin Kempo, Hawaiian Kenpo and Ju-Jitsu under Bruce Corrigan, 10th Dan.  He is a direct student of 4 X World Kickboxing Champion Blackhawk Walters. He is a black belt in Ninpo TaiJutsu under Ralph Severe, 8th Dan. He is a USA Boxing Coach as well as the Tribal Representative for the United States Muay Thai Association (NAL).  

Raven Cain has spent a lifetime learning the martial arts  starting at a very young age. He has been actively teaching the martial arts since 1991.  He owned several martial arts schools in his home town of Virginia Beach and later in Richmond Virginia, and is now proud to bring his art to Southern Utah.  

In his early years he was a bar bouncer in hopes to test himself and his skill set. This lead to many discovery's and would eventually bring him to form the art of  Shaolin Kempo JuJitsu.   

Raven Cain founded the art of Shaolin Kempo JuJitsu in 1992, blending the most practical of what he had learned into a kick, strike, throw, submit method. 


He is a former New York Guardian Angel acting as the defensive tactics instructor for the group. He has been involved with many dangerous combat engagements with the Guardian Angels including civil unrest and gang warfare. 

 He had the honor to be a hand to hand combat instructor for the United States Navy, and has taught military personnel from Navy SEALS to EOD and military police. 

He has taught defensive tactics to  the Virginia Beach police department, Virginia  defense force, and the Norfolk Sheriffs department. He currently teaches restraining tactics and self defense for a troubled youth treatment center  in Virgin Utah. 

He continues to be a loyal student to his teachers and is constantly updating and modifying his art.

He is the head of the family for the Way of the Raven Martial Arts Association (WAR), where he was awarded the title of Kaiso (Founder). 

In December of 2010 he was recognized as the legitimate architect of a martial arts system and awarded the title of GrandMaster. 

  He is an ordained Buddhist Priest  and a leader in the community. 

He is a 2002 Martial Arts Hall of Fame winner as ‘Master of the Year’. 

He is a published author and a former recording artist with Universal Music Group. 

He is recognized as the legitimate founder and head of the house of the WAR System of Shaolin Kempo JuJitsu Ohana, and is the owner of Raven Self Defense Academy, in Hurricane UT.

What our students are saying

This is a great school of Martial Arts. The instructors are great to work with. I especially love the variety of training they offer. From Kick Boxing to Jujitsu to real life Self Defense, every class is so much fun. My boys and I can't get enough. I love the family environment too. I recommend everyone take a few classes.

Rusty Collett Jevne

Ashley 'Red Hawk" Jordan

4th Degree Black Belt

Sensei Dr. Ashley “Redhawk” Jordan  has been training with Kaiso Raven since 2002 in Virginia Beach, Virginia where she was stationed with the military. She later tested for her first degree black belt in Richmond, Virginia as well as reciving her warrior name "Redhawk" under Kaiso Raven and later her third degree  & fourth degree in Hurricane, Utah. She has been a faithful student under her Sensei, Kaiso Raven Cain for nearly 20 years and across many moves. 

    She is also a Red Belt in Moe Do Hoe Korean Taekwondo under the late Robert Graham. In 1996, she ranked 1st Place at the Kempo Classic in sparring and in 1998, while just a blue belt, fought a black belt for her title and was the first place champion and National Qualifier for the SC ATKA competition. She has studied and ranked in Jeet Kune Do, SCM Kung Fu, Kali & Arnis, and has been teaching self-defense and defensive tactics for over two decades. 

 She had served in the US Navy in Ordnance and as a Master At Arms from 2000-2005, was member of the US Navy Flying Rifles Drill Team in 2001, a GA State Corrections Officer and Inmate Drill Instructor for adult male offenders in 2006-2007, became a federal police officer in 2008 serving until 2014. She was an FTO, Patrol Supervisor, and Police Academy Instructor. Later, she joined the Army National Guard as a member of the Quick Reaction Force (QRF) and Homeland Emergency Response Force (HERF) in 2011 and completed her basic combat training and active duty time at FT Leonard wood discharging honorably in 2014. 

 Since then she has started her own company known as Dove River Consulting, Inc and Dove River Tactical Training (DRTT). She holds a Bachelors in Organizational Management with specialization in Criminal Justice, Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Psychology, and a Doctorates in Counseling Psychology. 

Sensei Redhawk has also served as a Guardian Angel with Kaiso Raven patrolling the streets of New York and Washington DC in the heights of civil unrest and gang warfare. She is currently a Firearms Instructor with the USCCA, NRA, CA BSIS, and DRTT.  

She is the current President of the Way of the Raven Martial Arts Association (WAR), and is the Senior Instructor and adviser  for  the WAR Tactical division of  Way of the Raven Martial Arts Association. 

What our students are saying

Ravens self defense academy is an amazing place to train it has everything with amazing instructors!

Joshua Russell Tolbirt

Melani "Grey Fox" Wright

4th Degree Black Belt

Melani Wright is a 4th degree Black Belt in American Karate, a 3rd degree black belt in Tang Soo Do, a 1st degree black belt in Kajukibo and a 4th Degree Black Belt in Shaolin Kempo JuJitsu. She studied under Alania Lindsey with who she earned her first degree black belt in Tang Soo Do, Andy and Melissa Malcolm with who she earned her second and third degree black belts in Tang Soo Do, James Farnsworth who taught her Bobby Laurence style and with who she earned a green belt, and Raven Cain who awarded her a first degree black belt in Kajukibo and a  4th degree black belt in Shaolin Kempo Jujitsu and still teaches at the Raven Self Defense Academy  today.  She  has two major passions which are martial arts and photography.  If she could do both at the same time she would be thrilled. 

What our customers are saying

The strength and character this class has brought to our family is amazing my daughter had no interest in making changes in her daily activity’s that had me worried and soon as she had ben in self defense for a week I saw a change it has benefited my daughter in so many ways I would recommend this class with 5 stars the staff has earned there respect

Brenda B Uribe

Aidan "Crazy Snake" Cain

Aidan 'Crazy Snake' Cain has been training in the martial arts under his father Kiaso Raven Cain before he could walk. His first week of life he was on the dojo mats. Crazy Snake is an assistant instructor with a high level of technical skill. He is currently a Blue belt in Shaolin Kempo JuJitsu, and a competitor in boxing, and grappling matches. He hopes to one day compete in MMA and to become an Green Berra in the US Army.  

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