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Top 10 self defense classes in Aurora, IL

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Kicking Dragon’s Circle Martial Arts

Kicking Dragon’s Circle Martial Arts

New on Lessons
26+ years in business
Serves Aurora, IL
We teach Self-Defense in private instruction or we bring group training to your place of business. We can do 2 hour or 4 hour formatted classes for groups, ranging from general advice to hands-on participation. We can address specific topics as requested, from street defense to carjacking defense to advanced threats such as active shooters.
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Personal Progress

Offers online services
2 hires on Lessons
11+ years in business
Serves Aurora, IL
Ian G. says, "Improves my technique and always gets me into better shape for the season. It is also a great way for me to get an intense workout without losing much time in my schedule. " Read more
Grandmaster Pao Wang

Grandmaster Pao Wang

Serves Aurora, IL
Pao W. says, "I have over 43 years of training experience. I teach Gung Fu, Hsing I Chuan, Pa Kua Chang, Tai Chi Chuan, Dim Mak, Traditional Martial Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. And monthly training tours to China." Read more
Heru Boxing

Heru Boxing

New on Lessons
Serves Aurora, IL
Heru is a professional boxer with 20 years of experience with a record of 31-0 and 30 ko's. "Heru" is an amazing boxer, so amazing that the TV director from the "FOX" Hit TV Show "EMPIRE" ask him to feature in the first TV commercial to promote the TV show. In episode-1 he plays himself "Heru" the boxer. The TV star Terrance Howard is sitting on the stairs talking to his friend and all of a sudden "Heru" walks by and for a quick second Terrance Howard is distracted by the boxing star, but then goes back to talking to his friend. "Heru" boxing style is an art form, it is a combination of speed, power, footwork, and meditation mixed with self e...
Horizon Taekwondo

Horizon Taekwondo

New on Lessons
Serves Aurora, IL
If you are looking for an experienced martial arts instructor to help you learn the fundamentals of taekwondo im the huy for you. Have a lot of coaching experience and had worked with both children and adults. Never too late to learn a fun skill. Especially when that very same skill makes you fit, fast and furouces. 👊 Have a fun free trial class and see why learning how to kick with lightning speed just might be for you.
New Breed Krav Maga And Fitness

New Breed Krav Maga And Fitness

New on Lessons
13+ years in business
Serves Aurora, IL
I am an extremely qualified instructor, learning from my own life experience as a world champion in taekwando, Jujitsu, and kickboxing. Being one of the few female instructors, I excel in helping women learn to harness their power. I am avidly involved in helping my community better themselves and their surroundings. New breed Krav Maga and fitness offers a range of classes including, kids taekwando, adults Krav Maga, women's only workout and self defense, conceal and carry in Illinois (gun safety, shooting lessons and liscensing)...

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 Aurora self defense classes

Recent success stories from people in the Aurora area.
Becca A.
Coach Joshua has been outstanding with our family! Started with general fitness for my husband and I but ended up teaching our son boxing aswell. It's been such encouraging experience and coach has really surpassed expectations.
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