If you ever find yourself in a dark alley with actor James Van Der Beek, don't worry. He's not really a martial arts expert.

The Beek recently shared the adorable photo above, in which he reveals that the black belt he's proudly showing off to his grandparents was merely a gift from Santa. But the swagger? Totally homegrown.

Besides, what really matters here is that he looks like he knows what he's doing. Perception being reality and all. (Dawson Leery, we will always defend you.)

He tweeted the photo with this caption:

We'd be remiss if we didn't also give props to his grandpa, seen on the right. Hey, YOU try rocking lederhosen with a matching gold Christmas bow.