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Top 10 self defense classes in San Diego, CA

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San Diego 1 On 1 Personal Training

San Diego 1 On 1 Personal Training

5.0(4)
9+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Mingzhu C. says, "I just did several sessions with Daniel, and I think he knows a lot of boxing and Muay Thai knowledge, so I can learn a lot from him. After the first session, he helped me to find my weakness and give me some suggestions how to overcome it and I think after few sessions, I will have a big improvement. Besides, he had a lot of actual combat experiences, so I got more useful techniques which I ever had before. You definitely need to choose Daniel to be your personal trainer if you want to have a big improvement and have an impressive experience." Read more
San Diego Fit

San Diego Fit

5.0Exceptional(11)
Offers online services
4 hires on Lessons
24+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Bob H. says, "I am very glad to have Todd Coburn in my corner in my journey back to better health and consistent exercise. He is doing an excellent job of helping me work through recovering from adhesive capsulitis of my left shoulder with exercising productively and safely. I’m sure that as I follow his comprehensive nutrition and exercise program, I will continue to improve. I very highly recommend Todd. Oh, and I am a physical therapist of 24 years. I highly endorse him from this perspective as well." Read more
Boxing Training

Boxing Training

5.0(1)
1 hire on Lessons
Serves San Diego, CA
Mariah T. says, "He was very positive and kept me motivated through out the entire workout. He was willing to work with my schedule and his communication was consistent. I will definitely recommend him to friends. Great trainer!" Read more
Boxercise Academy

Boxercise Academy

5.0(1)
2 hires on Lessons
Serves San Diego, CA
Diandra J. says, "I am learning so much about the sport, being challenged, working up a sweat every session! Rick is very respectful and professional, & knowledgeable on health and fitness. " Read more
Mobile Martial Arts

Mobile Martial Arts

New on Lessons
17+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
I am an expert with children ages 4-6 But do well for any age in general. Attention deficit and autistic individuals are welcome too. Plus there’s no need for you to travel, to your location
Raul A.Diaz

Raul A.Diaz

New on Lessons
Offers online services
28+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Real World Training delivered with a train like you fight mentality. Extreme Fitness. Love to teach life experience-based saving techniques for those who need it.
Dao-Dharma-Dorje Publications Ltd

Dao-Dharma-Dorje Publications Ltd

4.0(1)
Offers online services
1 hire on Lessons
2+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Martial M. says, "The teacher, Mr. Michael is a very opened and humble man. The teachings are very explicit and easy to understand and put into practice. The teachings are well structured and organized. I highly recommend the school to anybody who want to learn." Read more
SyQ Jiu Jitsu

SyQ Jiu Jitsu

New on Lessons
4+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Black belt In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu close to 18yrs of training, competing and teaching, professionally since 2014.
Bass Knuckles Fight Training

Bass Knuckles Fight Training

5.0(1)
Offers online services
4+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Paul says, "Levi bass is an extremely knowledgeable instructor. He is really good with breaking techniques down so that i can understand them better. Hes very flexible. Makes it easier to schedule appointments. He also does video chat lesson. That way you can be at home. Given the current virus outbrake. I highly recommend Levi!" Read more
Gm Irving Soto/USA Atemi Ki Do /Dojo

Gm Irving Soto/USA Atemi Ki Do /Dojo

New on Lessons
Serves San Diego, CA
Irving Soto is a Hall of Famer, 10th degree black belt cover red belt. Grandmaster Irving Soto is a winner of numerous world championships And the last person to be taught Atemi Aiki jujitsu waza, he has been studying , teaching the martial arts of jujitsu, Atemi waza for the last 50 years; he has traveled all over the world to demonstrating his Techniques and been teaching the military arm forces like the army. Grandmaster Irving Soto has been in numerous commercials such as MTV, NBC, Phil Donahue Show Live TV, Inside Edition, New York, Newsday, Barbra Sang live TVM network show. Aaron Banks Show of World Oriental Show and Hong Kong...

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 San Diego self defense classes

Recent success stories from people in the San Diego area.
Kerry F.
Dan is incredibly knowledgeable, motivating and encouraging. His Muay Thai expertise continuously exceeds expectations. He will push you past your limits to reach your full potential. He has an uncanny eye for precision in each move and has the ability to train each person to use their individual skills to become a successful fighter. Dan is the man!
San Diego 1 on 1 Personal Training
Brandon R.
Todd is super professional and gives you the toolkit to train and think outside of the box. I highly recommend doing a session with him which will most likely lead to many more.
San Diego Fit
EFRAIN P.
It feels like been part of a very large family.
Tang Soo Do Karate Institute
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