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Top 10 self defense classes in Long Beach, CA

Students agree: these instructors are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Borboa Boxing Club

Borboa Boxing Club

2 hires on Lessons
17+ years in business
Serves Long Beach, CA
Giselle A. says, "Loved training with him, very friendly, teaches you all the basics of boxing in just one lesson!" Read more
Edgar Araiza (Gary Lam) Kung Fu Lessons

Edgar Araiza (Gary Lam) Kung Fu Lessons

New on Lessons
2 hires on Lessons
Serves Long Beach, CA
Good Its fun and functional
Wall Team

Wall Team

New on Lessons
7+ years in business
Serves Long Beach, CA
I teach Muay Thai, kickboxing, MMA and capoeira Master, teacher I teach in English, Spanish and Portuguese
Private Cardio Kickboxing And Kickboxing Training By Bobby

Private Cardio Kickboxing And Kickboxing Training By Bobby

Serves Long Beach, CA
Olga L. says, "Bobby has been one of my two steady kickboxing instructors since 2002. I’m currently training privately with him. He’s an expert in this field. He will teach you proper form and technique (and much more) so you can advance as a kickboxer in addition to getting an amazing cardio workout. He has a medical background from the military so he knows the function of every muscle in the body. I highly recommend Bobby. He will not disappoint. Give him a try. " Read more
The Art Of Tai Chi

The Art Of Tai Chi

New on Lessons
Serves Long Beach, CA
Hi Tai Chi friends , Certified associate Taichi instructor of the "Taichi healthway and associates" taught by Master Jessie Tsao other teachers Master Daniel Hoover Master Tom Tran. I'm a student. Of Eastern thought studying the Toa and the I Ching Come join me and discover this ancient and graceful martial art. I will begin with a breathing meditation. Then we will do. The 8 brcades known as Qi Gong a gentle stretch exercise which improves the circulation of the fluids and energy in the body. Then beginning with the first five basic movements of the 24 Tai Chi form.


New on Lessons
18+ years in business
Serves Long Beach, CA
I teach out of my garage.

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 Long Beach self defense classes

Recent success stories from people in the Long Beach area.
Jonathan T.
My experience with Oscar was amazing, I learned a lot more than I expected in a one hour session. He definitely pushed me past my limits, especially with my conditioning, since it’s been a while since I’ve trained. Overall had a blast training with Oscar.
Borboa Boxing Club
Stephanie S.
Bobby is extremely knowledgeable about Kickboxing and strength training. He never lets me “slack” or give up because he knows I’m capable of everything he tells me to do. I may not like what I have to do, and I may whine and complain...but because of Bobby’s belief in me...I NEVER GIVE UP! And in the end I’m smiling from ear to ear!
Private cardio kickboxing and kickboxing training by Bobby
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