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Top 10 self defense classes in Gaithersburg, MD

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Maryland Systema

Maryland Systema

New on Lessons
7+ years in business
Serves Gaithersburg, MD
If you're reading this, chances are you're interested in self-defense, not just as a skill but as a transformative experience. Look no further, because at Maryland Systema, we offer a training regimen that goes beyond the mere execution of moves. We provide an immersive, holistic experience that enriches your mind, body, and spirit. Why Maryland Systema? Personalized Learning: We believe every individual is unique. You don't just get a cookie-cutter program; you get personalized training tailored to your physique, capabilities, and objectives. Expertise: As the Founder of Maryland Systema, I bring years of practical and instructional expe...
Bartman MMA And Self-Defense

Bartman MMA And Self-Defense

5.0(2)
24+ years in business
Serves Gaithersburg, MD
Adam M. says, "Thank you very much for the excellent classes- Lynne is enjoying and benefiting." Read more
Cerberus Combat MMA

Cerberus Combat MMA

5.0Exceptional(9)
1 hire on Lessons
4+ years in business
Serves Gaithersburg, MD
Nymera T. says, "Working with Christian is not just receiving quality training, it's making a friend and building a connection. Christian carries his passion for MMA and it's lessons through everything he does and you walk away feeling motivated. Even if you're just a beginner, he breaks down everything in a fun and easy to understand way. He's patient, has fun with what he's doing and pushes you to believe in yourself. He's great with kids, and knows how to make a strong bond with any adult taking those first steps. As someone who's been active his whole life, it's easy to see that he cares about helping people reach their goals too. I trust he'll help you reach yours and have fun along the way! 5 stars for sure." Read more
Montgomery County Kung Fu

Montgomery County Kung Fu

New on Lessons
Serves Gaithersburg, MD
We teach authentic Ving Tsun (Yip Man Wing Chun) Kung Fu. Training is a great way to stay fit and develop effective self defense skills.
Pahlawan Personal Security

Pahlawan Personal Security

5.0(1)
9+ years in business
Serves Gaithersburg, MD
Norman F. says, "Attention to detail Clarity of instruction Immidiate applicability " Read more
#BestLessons

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New on Lessons
Offers online services
Serves Gaithersburg, MD
"The Harder You Work, The Luckier You'll Get" Enjoy Helping & Giving Back
Onekick Martial Arts

Onekick Martial Arts

New on Lessons
11+ years in business
Serves Gaithersburg, MD
Founded in 2013, One Kick Martial Arts is a reputable martial arts training center located in Germantown & Clarksburg, MD, extending its services to the surrounding areas. Onekick provides a comprehensive Martial Arts program rooted in Traditional Taekwondo suitable for ages 4 and up. In addition, We offer engaging after-school programs promoting gross motor skill development, fitness, intellectual, and social growth. One Kick Martial Arts also hosts youth camps throughout the summer and organizes martial arts-themed birthday parties. Our training is designed to instill focus, respect, discipline, and anti-bullying education among students.
Swinger Wrestles

Swinger Wrestles

New on Lessons
7+ years in business
Serves Gaithersburg, MD
I am multi-skilled in wrestling, Jujitsu, and kickboxing. I love to spar with opponents and fight. I love battling another equally strong opponent in combat and seeing who is alpha male. It is about skill, endurance, and speed.
All Around Acoustics

All Around Acoustics

New on Lessons
Offers online services
18+ years in business
Serves Gaithersburg, MD
I can do just about anything from a to z and if I cant do it, I know someone who can. I always get the job done.
Tiger Masters Tae Kwon Do

Tiger Masters Tae Kwon Do

New on Lessons
Serves Gaithersburg, MD
Tiger Masters Tae Kwon Do, based in Germantown, Maryland, has been fostering martial art skills and confidence for over 33 years. Serving all age groups and skill levels, they offer diverse classes such as Tiny Tigers for ages 3-5, traditional programs, Olympic style Tae Kwon Do, and a special class for ladies. They have a dedicated and passionate team that nurtures a love for the art in their students, ensuring their commitment over the years.

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 Gaithersburg self defense classes

Recent success stories from people in the Gaithersburg area.
Olivia C.
Have a great time in your class! Thanks again for providing a safe, fun, educational space
Bartman MMA and Self-Defense
Tristan M.
Makes me feel comfortable pushing my limits in a self defense setting. Doesn’t push too hard when attacking and giving me ample time to defend and recover. Covers stretches and workouts to better set myself up for success.
Cerberus Combat MMA
Tammy
Great cardio workout, helped
Fast Fist Tactical Martial Arts
Lynn H.
Adina was very knowledgeable about Tai Chi and she made the class very enjoyable. She was the best Tai Chi instructor I have ever had.
Adina @ Satya Sattva Studio
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