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Top 10 self defense classes in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

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DUB Fitness

DUB Fitness

5.0Exceptional(15)
Offers online services
2 hires on Lessons
3+ years in business
Serves Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Jenette C. says, "My 10 year old son loves training with Chris. He is a great boxing instructor and amazing with kids. I would recommend him to anyone looking for training. " Read more
2nice Elite LLC

2nice Elite LLC

5.0Exceptional(41)
9 hires on Lessons
12+ years in business
Serves Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Ame A. says, "Everything, he has an amazing heart for the game and for helping young athletes reach their full potential. His game speed training and intensity facilitates an easier transfer to a game setting. Coach E is genuine, kind and approachable. He’s professional and honest. We are very blessed that he shares his knowledge and experience with our kids. We can’t say enough positive things about him. " Read more
Aspire Martial Arts Academy

Aspire Martial Arts Academy

5.0(4)
Offers online services
5 hires on Lessons
7+ years in business
Serves Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Sophia L. says, "I’ve tried different Martial Arts coaches but Hector is the best one I’ve ever had! He is very detailed in teaching and knows what he is doing. Professional and friendly, works great with any skill levels. I love our lessons, I really feel like I have improved and will continue my lessons with Hector." Read more
Well Rounded Heroes Academy Of Martial Arts

Well Rounded Heroes Academy Of Martial Arts

New on Lessons
Offers online services
1 hire on Lessons
15+ years in business
Serves Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
WRH Academy of Martial Arts is the ONLY Registered 501c3 Non Profit School serving the South Orange County area from our San Juan Capistrano 2500 sq ft Dojo. We only charge what a student can afford as long as they TRULY want to learn! 6th Degree Senior Master Instruction in Shaolin Kempo Karate, Aikido, Jujitsu, Mixed Martial Arts and QiGong. Unlike most For-profit schools we do NOT have huge classes where students are churned through for testing fees and long term contracts to try and lock students in. We rely on tax deductible donations from the community and corporate donors and ALL employees are unpaid volunteers. www.selfdefense...
Russ Miura Jiu Jitsu - Next Generation OC

Russ Miura Jiu Jitsu - Next Generation OC

5.0(4)
8+ years in business
Serves Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Brian T. says, "I’ve trained with Russ on and off for many years, and he is an amazing instructor. There are many places to train in Orange County, but in my opinion, he is the best coach around. One of the things that is really appealing about Russ’s approach is that while he has competed successfully in wrestling, sports jiu-jitsu and MMA, he teaches a style of grappling that is designed for self-defense. And although he has been an athlete all his life, he has embraced the best aspects of the martial arts, with the benefits of discipline, respect and loyalty. All kinds of people train with Russ, including women, kids, and older people, and you can always the know the character of the instructor by the quality of people that he attracts to the school. I highly recommend his school for anyone. " Read more
Storm MMA And Training Center

Storm MMA And Training Center

5.0Exceptional(26)
1 hire on Lessons
5+ years in business
Serves Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Kristen W. says, "Coach Aldair was a wonderful beginning to getting us started joining Storm a great help. The gym has a big variety of activities It’s super clean and not very crowded " Read more
Zen Dojos Martial Arts

Zen Dojos Martial Arts

New on Lessons
30+ years in business
Serves Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
We’re here to motivate, educate, and elevate you to the next level. Providing you the training that will help you to achieve anything you set your mind to. No matter if your goal is personal defense (of yourself and loved ones), or personal perfection in the arts, we can help. Heck, even if you have no goals yet and don’t have a clue where to start, we got you!
Tajik Karate Academy

Tajik Karate Academy

5.0(1)
Serves Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Farah R. says, "Absolutely a great class and instructor. Highly recommend this. My son was a beginner and was hesitant about trying out the class. He asks to go to the class everyday. Thank you for making him feel welcome and comfortable." Read more
Green Martial Arts

Green Martial Arts

5.0(1)
1 hire on Lessons
6+ years in business
Serves Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Zdena R. says, "Very warm environment. The way they handle toddlers is totally out of this world beautiful. The best we could imagine for our grandson. " Read more
Steve Ross, Master Martial Arts Instructor, Owner OC Martial Arts Academy

Steve Ross, Master Martial Arts Instructor, Owner OC Martial Arts Academy

5.0Exceptional(13)
Offers online services
42+ years in business
Serves Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
The F. says, "Master Ross is an outstanding teacher. He teaches the art and the science behind Tang Soo Do. He is patient, kind, and really, really good at what he does! He takes a genuine interest in the growth of each student individually. Master Ross teaches fundamental Tang Soo Do, so that the house of knowledge built on that foundation is strong. I cannot speak highly enough about what a great influence he has been. If you are serious about learning this art, you need not look any further." 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 Rancho Santa Margarita self defense classes

Recent success stories from people in the Rancho Santa Margarita area.
Lindsay F.
I went to Chris to work on boxing. He is very experienced with it, any issues I had with my form he was able to point out and correct. He is very encouraging and fun to work with !
DUB Fitness
Kyky S.
Everything. My 🏀 game has improved every since I started training with him. Also, he always has encourages me to do better.
2nice elite LLC
Maya A.
I hired Hector to teach a small group of adults beginning ukelele. He was so great! Super flexible and very intuitive style of teaching. He explained things in a very simple, and easy to understand way and the entire group really enjoyed his lesson! Will hire again : )
Aspire Martial Arts Academy
Brian D.
I've been training in Jiu Jitsu for 18 years and I've been Russ Miura's student for over 10. Submissions are like Destinations on a map, and there are many Destinations on maps. Instructors are like maps. Maps have a lot of Information. It's up to you to figure out the best route for your specific Destination. Russ Miura is like GPS, he will show you the best route for you to reach all of your Destinations. If you're curious, please come in flr a free class, tell them you saw Pandas Post.
Russ Miura Jiu Jitsu - Next Generation OC
Krystal S.
Love everything about Storm! I train powerlifting with a trainer and take kickboxing classes with the coaches. They are all awesome! The owner really has high standards and it shows throughout the gym. It is CLEAN, beautiful and has the BEST equipment! My 8 year old also trains jujitsu on the kids team. They really work hard at having well rounded athletes. He has really blossomed during speed and agility classes.
Storm MMA and Training Center
Tim B.
Steve is highly experienced in martial arts and truly a subject matter expert. He is a former martial arts world champion and Hall of Fame inductee. He is also excellent in teaching kids the skill and discipline of martial arts. We are fortunate that our son and daughter are able to learn from Master Steve Ross.
Steve Ross, Master Martial Arts Instructor, Owner OC Martial Arts Academy
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