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Instructor Mary A is the owner of Black Pow-der LLC. In alignment with the common descriptor of black powder, she founded Black Pow-der LLC with a goal of being a unique, hard-to-find, training, that surpasses state minimum qualifications. Black Pow-der LLC was founded with two goals in mind: ensure clients have a safety mindset, and ensure clients understand the legal implications of protecting themselves.

About Us

Black Pow-der LLC is committed to providing professional training that promotes safety and encourages training amongst women, children, and places of worship.

I was raised in the Carolina country. It wasn't until I became an adult that I gained a true appreciation. I am an IT Specialist by day, where I solve issues. I am a teacher at heart and was a math tutor in college. I am a stage IIIB breast cancer survivor, and through that journey I became an avid believer in not only making each day my best but encouraging others to do the same. Becoming an instructor combined my loves and desires. It is my hope that others can identify as day-to-day individuals who want to enjoy life, and who want to ensure the safety of themselves and those whom they love while doing so.

Our Services

Classroom Training

Our classroom training can be in person, online, or on site. We also offer mobile services to allow the desired privacy during your training experience.

Private Sessions

Private sessons are available to those who need a refresher, and for those who took a course without practice. We will ensure you can apply the training you learned in the classroom.

Special Occasions

People love private parties! We are glad to be in the midst to ensure the safety of your group.

Course Offerings

Safety & Basic Fundamentals

State Required Training

Women's Self-Defense Fundamentals

Children's Safety

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I bring to class? What do I wear?

MANDATORY - A POSITIVE ATTITUDE! Additionally, please wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, & closed-toe shoes. It is a requirement to have eye protection and double-ear protection, which is soft ear plugs and hardened ear protection. Soft ear protection alone is not acceptable. Eye & ear protection will most likely be available for rent or purchase. There is no specific dress code for the classroom portion. We request that it is respectable attire. Offensive attire is subject to dismissal without refund. Any personal defense items will be checked prior to the start of class.

What is the Cancellation Policy?

Class fees are non-refundable. If you contact us within 72 hours of the class, we can transfer to another class offered within the next 60 days.

How do I get past my fear?

We love new students! We understand and we are here for you! We will focus on safety heavily in class. We will provide many demonstrations, so that you can feel safe, and will modify where necessary. We look forward to working with you and hope to provide you a positive experience!

Why are your classes longer than others?

We believe it serves individuals best, and we feel most confident with providing a certificate of completion, when we see the students demonstrate skills taught in class. Most courses are approximately 4-6 hours of instruction, with the other two hours allotted for travel and wait times.

Where are classes held?

We have multiple classrooms.

  • Public classes are held at Raise the Bar Fitness in Manassas, Va. The address is 9050 Hornbaker Rd, Manassas, VA 20109.

  • We travel, and offer private, mobile classrooms to your home or to an agreed upon location. There is an additional fee for mobile services.

  • Some of our classes are online via an online platform like Zoom.

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(571) 517-2684


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