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Top 10 self defense classes in Arlington Heights, IL

Students agree: these instructors are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Mikey B MMA Training.

Mikey B MMA Training.

New on Lessons
Serves Arlington Heights, IL
I can coach all ages, Adults, Children, Elderly. I can teach all skill levels from beginners, to professionals. I have 17 years of MMA/Boxing/MuayThai experience. I just enjoy helping people get better in martial arts. I teach my clients how to build confidence, self esteem, hard work, discipline, accountability, and how to overcome adversity. I really enjoy seeing them get better as we progress.
American Tiger Karate Academy

American Tiger Karate Academy

New on Lessons
Serves Arlington Heights, IL
At American Tiger Karate Academy we develop strong, confident and skilled, self defense practitioners. Over one dozen ATKA members have become National Karate and Kobudo champions. Our programs are age, rank and content specific. Our instructors are certified and dedicated to your success. We are an official branch of SKIF-USA and SKIF World. We all are truly passionate about martial arts and sharing those health benefits and life skills with our members. The positive energy in our dojo is contagious and leads to success, a sense of confidence in any situation and healthier mind and body....
Body And Beyond LLC

Body And Beyond LLC

5.0(4)
Offers online services
2 hires on Lessons
12+ years in business
Serves Arlington Heights, IL
Sharon O. says, "I joined a gym about 5 yrs. ago and I started training with a personal trainer. I was on my way to achieving my goals of losing weight and building muscle. Things were going well for a few years until I tore my rotator cuff about a year ago and my trainer moved out of state. I was in need of a new trainer and also needed direction on how to workout with a injured rotator cuff. I had met Marcus a few years ago at the gym when I took his Alpha class. I was impressed by his teaching of the class and thought he was a very knowledgeable trainer. He was attentive to everyone in the class and his workouts were tough. I thought Marcus might make an excellent trainer for me and decided to give him a try. I was so glad that I did. Marcus has been very good about tailoring an exercise program for a full body workout that always challenges me, but also protects my torn rotator cuff from further damage. He is very good with helping Clients reach their goals even when they have health or injury issues. In the short few months that I have been training with Marcus I have lost 2% body fat and gained 3 lbs. of muscle. I am impressed with his passion for working out and his knowledge of nutrition. In every workout session Marcus always encourages and motivates me to train harder and try new exercises. Marcus inspires me and has helped me so much in working out not only harder, but smarter and eating healthier. I am a much happier person inside and out as I get closer to achieving my goals and I couldn’t have done it without Marcus beside me. " Read more
Krav Maga Illinois

Krav Maga Illinois

5.0(1)
2 hires on Lessons
14+ years in business
Serves Arlington Heights, IL
Jason M. says, "The atmosphere is amazing. The facility is very clean and the students and staff very welcoming. The workout is fun, yet very serious. If you want to really learn to defend yourself, meet new people and get in great shape, you must try it out." Read more
FLO Fitness And Martial Arts

FLO Fitness And Martial Arts

New on Lessons
1 hire on Lessons
16+ years in business
Serves Arlington Heights, IL
We are a long standing gym in the NW suburbs of Chicago. Focusing on weight loss and toning through boxing, kickboxing, HIIT, etc. We pride ourselves on helping our members accomplish their goals while keeping them happy and safe during the process.
Rangers Wrestling

Rangers Wrestling

New on Lessons
2+ years in business
Serves Arlington Heights, IL
I have wrestling experience from since I was 13 years old. I offer fundamental based wrestling lessons and the ability to counter them. I am mobile and can come to you or we may go to the nearest recreational area that is open to the public. I am an amateur MMA fighter and would love to work with people to help better understand the very techniques I plan to show.

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 Arlington Heights self defense classes

Recent success stories from people in the Arlington Heights area.
Madden Z.
I started training because I was very self conscious with my fitness abilities, and overall health. I Wanted a personal approach to improving my fitness abilities, and to become better in gym class (4th grade.) I feel that I am a lot stronger since I first started. Not only stronger, but it’s built my self esteem much higher than it was when I began training. I continue to work with Marcus because I feel that I still need more improvement, and I know that this is a good way to do it.
Body and Beyond LLC
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