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Action Self Defense provides efficient, effective, quality 1-8 hr self defense courses for women, people who travel, or anyone who wants to feel more self confident when threatened or actually assaulted. Programs are excellent for team-building corporate seminars. Our courses prepare women, teens, and corporate groups, and seniors to be situationally aware, less fearful and more confident. Plus, the classes taught by eighth degree Diane Reeve Kirby are fun.

Diane Reeve Kirby


Grandmaster Diane Reeve Kirby

8th degree Black Belt, Grandmaster Diane Reeve Kirby, has over 35 years of martial arts experience. Recently retired from teaching martial arts, she was the sole owner of Vision Martial Arts Center for over 27 years and holds black belts in 4 styles. She was honored as the 2015 Tae Kwon Do Female Master of the Year by the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame, inducted into the 2014 Masters Hall of Fame, and most recently named a winner of the 2020 BBC Inspirations Award. Diane has dedicated her martial arts career to the empowerment of our most vulnerable – women and children. This is also reflected in her volunteer work as a former member of the Board of Directors of The Turning Point (Collin County rape crisis center) and other organizations helping those in need.

In addition, with a M.Ed., Diane uses a variety of teaching techniques, tailor made for each specific audience. This allows her to ensure not only that the material understood, but that each class is fun and exciting. The goal is to achieve maximum retention for long term effectiveness.

As a female self-defense expert, she has a unique advantage of clearly demonstrating how each technique taught can be effectively performed by a smaller, less powerful defender against a larger, stronger opponent. Seeing is believing…and Diane will help every participant see and believe in their own ability to defend themselves efficiently and effectively.

Grandmaster Reeve Kirby is assisted by…

Grandmaster Tim Kirby

Grandmaster Tim Kirby is one of the most recognizable names in Texas karate history. He's the youngest ninth-degree black belt in Allen Steens world renowned brand of Texas karate, known for its excellence in the competitive ring and its effectiveness in the street-- a no nonsense approach to self-defense.

With multiple Championships, Kirby is most proud of his coaching expertise, having brought many of his students to championships as well. With over 40 years of martial arts experience, he provides a unique and incomparable depth of experience in teaching people of all ages how to protect themselves.

Why Choose Action Self Defense?

Excellent Instructor

Owner Diane Reeve Kirby is a 8th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, holds black belts in several other styles of martial arts and has a Masters in education. She has over 30 years of martial arts training, 25 of which as owner of a martial arts school (Vision Martial Arts Center) where she has promoted over 200 people to Black Belt.

Ms. Reeve was inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame in 2014 and received the Paul H. Chapman award from the Foundation for Improvement of Justice for her significant contribution to the improvement in justice in America.

She provides a quick and easy “fix-it” for those who want basic self defense without a black belt, and will travel to your site or host the class.

Safe Environment

We believe that every woman has the right to feel safe in any environment

We believe that women should be self-sufficient in their ability to defend themselves and not be dependant on anyone else

We believe that women can and should learn basic self-defense techniques that don't require long-term martial arts training

We believe that many women prefer to learn how to defend themselves against a bigger stronger assailant from a woman who is an expert coach in defending against a bigger stronger assailant

We believe that women who experience trauma are best able to overcome trigger situations in self-defense training by training with a female

Finally we believe that everyone who learns how to defend herself will be emboldened, confident and feel powerful instead of powerless. Thats why 8th Degree Black Belt Diane Reeve Kirby created Action Self Defense . For women who are tired of being fearful and want to become fearless!

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See What Our Community Members Say About Our Programs


Loved the class so much and learned so much and feel so much safer.

Lisa Wacker Clawson

We had a private class in our home for six girls going off to college this fall. I can't recommend Diane enough. She covered some difficult and sensitive topics professionally, while not hiding the facts. Not only has she opened their eyes to living outside their suburban bubble, but she has given them the tools to potentially avoid being a target. But if they still become a target she also gave them the knowledge of how to survive. All six were much more confident and ready for College after their University Safety 101 session. And given the statistics, this class may have saved one of our six from becoming one of those statistics. Best investment in our daughters safety we will ever make.

Olivia K.

I just wanted to say thank you so much for teaching me in self-defense class on Saturday. I really enjoyed learning from you – you are so good at what you do and you make it so much fun! I love how you themed our class on empowerment.