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Top 10 self defense classes in Phoenix, AZ

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Practical Self Defense

Practical Self Defense

New on Lessons
6+ years in business
Serves Phoenix, AZ
Hi everyone. I teach self-defense techniques. My background is in Karate Shotokan, Aikido, and WuShu. I have been doing martial arts for nearly 30 years, on and off. I can also teach you how to fight with a knife and how to defend against a knife. You are welcome to contact me if you are interested. I don't have a dojo because this is not my full-time job, so the lesson can take place at a local park of your choosing or in your own backyard, or at a private fitness center if you live in an apartment complex that has one.
Mybootcamp (Bootcamp Inspired Personal Training & Kuoshu Sanda Kickboxing

Mybootcamp (Bootcamp Inspired Personal Training & Kuoshu Sanda Kickboxing

5.0(1)
Offers online services
15+ years in business
Serves Phoenix, AZ
Elizabeth T. says, "MyBootcamp has been amazing! It is a great value for the personal training and tools provided to help me reach my fitness goals. Coach Lawrence holds me accountable and makes sure to keep me in line with my workouts and food. I would highly recommend MyBootcamp for anyone looking to have a personalized program and wanting to achieve results." Read more
Coach Kofi Boxing

Coach Kofi Boxing

5.0(1)
Offers online services
8 hires on Lessons
7+ years in business
Serves Phoenix, AZ
Noree V. says, "My first lesson was excellent! Kofi is a professional who really knows his stuff and instructs at your level. I love the park setting, and I met another student when I arrived who was just wrapping up her lesson who's been training with Kofi for two years. I'm going to buy a package from here and build my skills. " Read more
Mystic Energy Arts

Mystic Energy Arts

5.0Exceptional(5)
4 hires on Lessons
7+ years in business
Serves Phoenix, AZ
Torri L. says, "John is a great teacher. He is patient with explaining each action, he teaches the name of each move, and he is flexible with pacing. I requested to speed up some moves pretty early once I felt comfortable and he was receptive. He is full of knowledge and explained some of the history and meaning behind the teaching which I enjoyed and did not expect. I am doing Chi Gung to manage stress, back pain, and retrain my breathing. It's working and I'm happy with the teachings." Read more
Musubi Martial Arts

Musubi Martial Arts

5.0Exceptional(5)
6 hires on Lessons
Serves Phoenix, AZ
Jennifer C. says, "Competent practitioner and teacher, and flexible schedule." Read more
Bboy Boxing Academy

Bboy Boxing Academy

5.0Exceptional(10)
12+ years in business
Serves Phoenix, AZ
Craig S. says, "He’s a great coach a great mentor and when you’re failing he will pick you up and tell you to keep going I really suggest him as a coach " Read more

Your self defense questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Lessons.

How much are self-defense classes?

Self-defense classes cost $150 to $400 on average for a 6- to 10-week program at a martial arts studio or dedicated self-defense school. Classes held at community centers typically cost less than those offered by professional marital arts studios, and some local police departments and offer free classes.

Some martial arts studios offer single-session self-defense classes for $30 to $80 each, depending on the studio, class size, length, and location. Most one-time classes last 2 to 3 hours.

Are self-defense classes worth it?

Self-defense classes are worth it for individuals who want to be prepared for a life-threatening situation. A self-defense class teaches you how to recognize and avoid dangerous situations, and how to survive situations that can't be avoided. Many people consider the added peace of mind worth the investment.

Self-defense training can be especially helpful if you find yourself in any of these common circumstances:

  • Walking alone at night
  • Jogging in a secluded area, such as a wooded park or trail
  • In a crowded bar or club where alcohol is served
  • During a home invasion

Are self-defense classes effective, and what are the benefits?

Self-defense classes are an effective way to learn how to avoid dangerous confrontations and how to deescalate or escape the confrontations you can't avoid.

Self-defense classes provide a wide range of benefits:

  • Builds your confidence
  • Improves your physical fitness
  • Increases your awareness of your surroundings
  • Improves your balance
  • Provides a sense of personal empowerment

In addition to teaching you how to defend yourself against a human attacker, self-defense training can also be useful when defending yourself from an animal attack.

What do self-defense classes teach?

Self-defense classes teach you these skills to defend yourself from an attacker:

  • Situational awareness and how to detect danger where you might not expect it
  • Verbal skills to prevent or deescalate a confrontation
  • Strikes, including punches, kicks, knees, and elbows
  • How to avoid being dragged to the ground
  • Grappling techniques that are useful if you find yourself on the ground
  • How to defend yourself with improvised weapons or objects in your environment

During a self-defense class, you will practice physical skills alone and with a partner. Practicing with a partner provides a sense of what real physical contact with an attacker may feel like.

Many self-defense schools teach Krav Maga. Developed by the Israeli Defense Forces, Krav Maga remains one of the most popular defense systems among military personnel and law enforcement agencies.

What to wear to self-defense classes?

Wear comfortable athletic clothing that allows you to move freely, such as a T-shirt or tank top and leggings, yoga pants, sweatpants, or shorts. Opt for breathable moisture-wicking fabric to minimize sweating.

Where to take self-defense classes near me?

Follow these tips to find the best self-defense classes near you:

  • Decide whether you want to attend women-only classes or co-ed classes.
  • Compare costs from at least three local schools or martial arts studios.
  • Read school and studio reviews on Lessons and Google.
  • Avoid schools that include pre-rehearsed self-defense demos, as these demos typically don't reflect real-world circumstances or outcomes.
  • Visit the class location to confirm it's well-maintained and the staff is professional.
  • Ask about special offers for new students. Some schools offer a free trial class.
  • Take one class to ensure the studio is a good fit for you before enrolling in a multi-week or ongoing program.
  • Get a copy of the membership contract in writing before making a payment.

What questions should I ask self-defense teachers?

Before signing up for a self-defense class, ask the instructor these important questions:

  • How much do your classes cost?
  • Do you require a membership contract, and if so, what does it entail?
  • What is your class schedule?
  • Do you offer any specials for new students?
  • How many people are in a typical class?
  • Are your classes women-only or co-ed?
  • How long does a class last?
  • What should I wear to the class?

Reviews for Phoenix self defense classes

Recent success stories from people in the Phoenix area.
Dana W.
The ability to practice Tai Chi 24, John is very patient and has a lot of knowledge in the martial arts.
Mystic Energy Arts
Robert W.
Sensei Lee Koechig is the owner of Musubi Martial Arts and is a very experienced Martial Arts Instructor with more than thirty years experience in Aikido. He uses and practices his art on a daily basis as a professional bouncer and security guard and is able to share his real life experience of what does and what does not work. I am Sensei Lee’s senior Aikido student with five to six years experience of his instruction. Sensei Lee is also proficient in Judo and Jiu Jitsu and incorporates aspects of these Martial Arts into his Aikido training.
Musubi Martial Arts
Brandon
Clarity of instructions ad exercises
Bboy Boxing Academy
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