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Top 10 self defense classes in San Jose, CA

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Todd Duffee

Todd Duffee

5.0Exceptional(12)
15+ years in business
Serves San Jose, CA
Cat G. says, "He's brutally honest, and knows what he's talking about. He practices what he preaches. You won't get bored. " Read more
Lopez Boxing

Lopez Boxing

New on Lessons
6+ years in business
Serves San Jose, CA
Hello my name is coach lopez, working with me you will boost whole body strength and will gain self confidence, i specialize in boxing I been teaching for over 9 years
OneOfOne Boxing

OneOfOne Boxing

New on Lessons
4+ years in business
Serves San Jose, CA
I enjoy and have a passion for helping people with their physical along with the mental aspect of attaining their best version. Understanding the metaphysical is just as or maybe even more important than the physical itself and i have over 10 years of boxing experience along with years of training and helping my teamates with these key aspects. Boxing and fitness has been instilled in me since a young age and i enjoy the confidence and disaplyn it brings. At the end of the day you are who you think of yourself to be....
ClimacoMMAtraining

ClimacoMMAtraining

New on Lessons
4+ years in business
Serves San Jose, CA
Mark Climaco is a martial arts trainer who combines offering private training for martial arts and overall health and fitness. He is based out of Fremont, CA and San Jose, CA and serves the Bay Area. Mark has 16 years of experience and competition with 10 years of group training and personal training experience in all areas of martial arts: mixed martial arts, boxing, Muay Thai, Jiu jitsu, wrestling, and grappling. As an active professional fighter and top prospect in MMA, as well as coached by Javier Mendez at American Kickboxing Academy, Mark has trained and learned along side top UFC champions such as: Khabib Nurmogamedov, Daniel Cormier,
Abc Jiu Jitsu

Abc Jiu Jitsu

New on Lessons
Serves San Jose, CA
1 st Degree Black Belt in Jiu jitsu. Fundamental exercises in form. Beginer friendly. Group lessons. One on one lessons. No striking Joint locks Flexibility Fitness Balance Cardio
Santa Clara Kenpo Academy

Santa Clara Kenpo Academy

New on Lessons
Serves San Jose, CA
Our school lineage has been in Santa Clara since 1977. Our staff are instructors who despite have reached different levels of black belt ranks continue to learn and share with our students. We have a family setting but we are serious about self-defense. We teach to the individual so they can apply this great practical method of self-defense. My instructors and I all teach at the school after our day career. We teach because we want to share the gift of American Kenpo that we have been given. American Kenpo is practical, it makes sense and a martial art’s concept and principle allows it to be performed by any individual....

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 Jose self defense classes

Recent success stories from people in the San Jose area.
Rachel T.
Todd is both knowledgable & extremely fun to work with. The energy and passion he exudes is incredibly motivating!
Todd Duffee
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