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Top 10 self defense classes in Tampa, FL

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Nikida-Kan Martial Arts Private Studio

Nikida-Kan Martial Arts Private Studio

5.0Exceptional(11)
Top Pro
14 hires on Lessons
14+ years in business
Serves Tampa, FL
Teya W. says, "The classes are made to your liking and a pace that matches your speed and learning styles. I have done to self defense class and it is fun and useful while keeping my body moving. It's a nice change of pace from my office job." Read more
Wing Chun Science

Wing Chun Science

5.0(2)
Offers online services
1 hire on Lessons
16+ years in business
Serves Tampa, FL
Tseitel C. says, "Wing Chun Science has been an incredibly valuable experience to me. The physical exercise has been wonderful and the mental grounding it has provided has been much needed recently. The instructor has been phenomenally patient, flexible and understanding. He’s always been willing to meet me where I’m at training wise, whether that’s been working faster or needing more help understanding, he’s been very willing to adapt to help me understand. The training has been safe and is balanced between traditional martial arts and real world application. Overall, it’s been a very positive experience and I’m excited to continue to learn!" Read more
SL Fitness & Martial Arts

SL Fitness & Martial Arts

5.0(4)
Offers online services
1 hire on Lessons
7+ years in business
Serves Tampa, FL
Mallorie D. says, "Sasa is a great instructor and always pushes us to do our best! The class is very diverse and you always get a great workout no matter how many times you go! " Read more
Dynasty Shaolin And San Chi Do Karate

Dynasty Shaolin And San Chi Do Karate

New on Lessons
Offers online services
36+ years in business
Serves Tampa, FL
World Renown Shaolin Kung Fu Instructor and San Chi Do Karate Instructors.
Acupuncture For Warriors Inc

Acupuncture For Warriors Inc

New on Lessons
12+ years in business
Serves Tampa, FL
What is acupuncture for warriors ? Acupuncture for warriors is non - profit organization which will offer to recovering addicts,Veterans and anyone with PTSD, stress, anxiety; an alternative through traditional chinese medicine. Yvette Padilla AP,DOM,LMT will offer thru acupuncture, acupressure , NADA protocol, battlefield protocol and other forms of exercises thru meditation with Qi Gong instructor and low pace martial arts exercises at a free, low cost or donation . With this organization we hope that we can offer an alternative to improve the lifestyle of those who seek of a change towards a better brighter and peaceful future utilizing tr...
Laping Martial Arts

Laping Martial Arts

New on Lessons
7+ years in business
Serves Tampa, FL
We are a mixed martial arts school, meaning multiple styles, that include Jiu Jitsu, Krav Maga, Muay Thai and Tae Kwon Do. We have classes every Tuesday at the Emanuel P Johnson Recreation Center in Riverview FL $5 per class. No contracts https://www.facebook.com/lapingmartialarts/ Helping students grow, work harder, and reach their goals gives me a sense of pride
Get Evolved

Get Evolved

New on Lessons
1 hire on Lessons
Serves Tampa, FL
Quality certified training techniques tailored and modified to the needs of the individual! The confidence, personal, and physical growth of the individual is the most rewarding aspect of my work!
Alpha Pak Kickboxing

Alpha Pak Kickboxing

5.0(1)
1 hire on Lessons
6+ years in business
Serves Tampa, FL
I have a 15 years of kickboxing and boxing experience in over 5 years of personal training and strength and conditioning experience
Gracie Tampa HQ

Gracie Tampa HQ

New on Lessons
20+ years in business
Serves Tampa, FL
Gracie Tampa is for everyone. Private lessons clients, Kids, getting in shape, self defense or the competitor. We have produced over 15 UFC fighters 5 ADCC competitors(Grappling world championships) as well as numerous amateur and pros. I love teaching, especially Brazilian jiu-jitsu. It is the single most effective art for self defense for the average person and I still get the same joy watching a student get better I did in 1995 when I first started teaching
Focused Passion Martial Arts And Fitness

Focused Passion Martial Arts And Fitness

New on Lessons
6+ years in business
Serves Tampa, FL
The primary focus of this service is to provide practical information and custom training plans for each individual that will insure sustainable results in a reasonable time and affordable price.

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 Tampa self defense classes

Recent success stories from people in the Tampa area.
Wendi H.
The instructor is very knowledgeable and is a great teacher.
Nikida-Kan Martial Arts Private Studio
Guillermo I.
Working within the Wing Chun Science system, has helped me understand Martial Arts from a completely different view point. Taking it one step further, and going in depth, not just with the history of the sport. But the physics and geometry behind the movement. Creating a different dimension on how to look at Martial Arts and Kung Fu entirely. I look forward to continuing my Training and learning more about the Art and myself in the process!
Wing Chun Science
Tanja M.
The best coach ever! I have been doing his kickboxing class for 7 straight years. His classes were always different, interesting, and so intensive. He is someone who pushes you to maximum limit. Simply, you will become addictive to his great classes. -Tanja
SL fitness & martial arts
Amanda
Levi is a very knowledgeable teacher. I loved my kickboxing session as well as working out on the vibration plate which is amazing, I have never felt anything like it. If you receive a response from levi go and try his program. You will not be disappointed
Great Vibrations Tampa
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