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STM Boxing & Fitness

STM Boxing & Fitness

5.0(4)
Offers online services
5 hires on Lessons
7+ years in business
Serves Hayward, CA
Julia L. says, "Stan is great and he really knows what he is doing. He really challenges you and motivates you to get stronger and better. I would definitely recommend if you want to learn boxing in the peninsula area! " Read more
Big Daddy Boxing 🥊

Big Daddy Boxing 🥊

New on Lessons
5+ years in business
Serves Hayward, CA
Hello, my name is Malcolm. I am an Amateur Muay Thai and MMA Fighter. I am a private and group boxing trainer. I teach a very fundamentally sound style of boxing. my sessions also include Strength and conditioning.
PDT San Jose

PDT San Jose

5.0(3)
6+ years in business
Serves Hayward, CA
Alexander A. says, "Guru Jule Simms is just a cool guy. He will make you a better martial artist." Read more
U.S.A.L Self Defense

U.S.A.L Self Defense

5.0(2)
1 hire on Lessons
3+ years in business
Serves Hayward, CA
Victoria M. says, "Alex is a fantastic teacher! My 16 years old son's been taking self defence classes with him for few months and we are very happy with the results! Alex is very professional and devoted teacher and also very responsible and nice as a person. My son's really enjoying his class and sees progress each month." Read more
Rizal Fight Defense Systems

Rizal Fight Defense Systems

New on Lessons
1 hire on Lessons
18+ years in business
Serves Hayward, CA
Available for classes in Milpitas area as well as in Tri Valley (Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore) Your 1st class is always free to check out. I am also available for private lessons and may be able to come to you. My martials arts background is founded in Filipino Fighting systems, JKD, Kickboxing and Grappling. I am a Guro and and Sifu under Mark Stewart in Thailand under Boxer Rebellion International. My lineage is as follows... Kali Abtik, (Lucaylucay Lineage) Panantukan (Lucaylucay Lineage) Giron Escrima (Stockton Multistyle) Jeet Kune Do (Temujin Lucaylucay) Brazillian JiuJitsu (Pedro Sauer/Joe Moreia) I have also trained in Muay Thai K...
Aikido Of Alamo

Aikido Of Alamo

5.0(1)
1 hire on Lessons
33+ years in business
Serves Hayward, CA
Donna S. says, "Training specific to individual needs of student. Wonderful students who help each other learn the Practice. Kind and sensitive teacher who is also fun-loving. " Read more
Danilo Jacob

Danilo Jacob

New on Lessons
1 hire on Lessons
6+ years in business
Serves Hayward, CA
I have boxed since the age of 12 and I am currently a boxing coach for Team USA and King’s Boxing Gym in Oakland, CA.

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 Hayward self defense classes

Recent success stories from people in the Hayward area.
Marlo T.
He took the time to meet with me to discuss my goals and listen to the problems I was having with fitness. His workouts are interesting and appropriately challenging. I’m new to boxing but he has made it an amazing experience. He is knowledgeable and flexible with scheduling. So glad I signed up!!
STM Boxing & Fitness
2CoolJ
Guru Stan makes the hardest techniques look so easy and doable. Stan is easy-going and makes training fun and applicable to real-world situations. Always worthwhile to train with the one of the best!
PDT San Jose
Tifany A.
Very knowledgeable, straight forward! Honest and will teach you the right without leading you on.
U.S.A.L self defense
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