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Big Daddy Boxing 🥊

Big Daddy Boxing 🥊

New on Lessons
5+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, 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.
Threat Scenarios

Threat Scenarios

New on Lessons
1 hire on Lessons
8+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
We provide realistic, affordable, safe firearms and self defense training. Empowering students with knowledge and skills to protect and defend themselves.
VWC Muay Thai & Fitness

VWC Muay Thai & Fitness

New on Lessons
Offers online services
1 hire on Lessons
3+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
The #1 Mobile Muay Thai Kickboxing and Martial Arts Coach currently in the SF Bay Area. My speciality is creating the MARTIAL ARTS EDUCATION PLATFORM for total beginner children and adults. If you have always dreamed of starting martial arts training and/or just want to get motivated to be in better health, then I can be the solution. Meeting honest people who want to truly change their lifestyle. The best experience is seeing the mindset change which leads into physical changes for better health. What I do will change your life. It's either stay unhealthy and face health concerns or take the step and become better. All media content ...
Dynasty 88 Chambers Of Movements

Dynasty 88 Chambers Of Movements

1 hire on Lessons
20+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Matthew says, "He is a very experienced breakdancer and martial artist with a great attitude." Read more
Danilo Jacob

Danilo Jacob

New on Lessons
1 hire on Lessons
6+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, 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 San Francisco self defense classes

Recent success stories from people in the San Francisco area.
Bboy B.
Are you kidding?! Hella Hung is a legend in Bboying! Hung B is jolly and pure hearted like a Buddha, crazy like Evil Knievel, and wise like a martial arts master. He and his crew Dynasty Rockers have been crushin’ shows and breaking jams since the 90’s and still holding it down.
Dynasty 88 Chambers of Movements
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