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Top 10 self defense classes in Ann Arbor, MI

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K9BOXING

K9BOXING

5.0(1)
Offers online services
5 hires on Lessons
25+ years in business
Serves Ann Arbor, MI
LaToya B. says, "He’s very good with youth training. Mg son loves going to his sessions. " Read more
Close Quarters Combat Academy

Close Quarters Combat Academy

5.0Exceptional(19)
Top Pro
Offers online services
11 hires on Lessons
10+ years in business
Serves Ann Arbor, MI
Amy S. says, "Taqqee helped me to be much more confident in my self-defense abilities and motivated to be in the world feeling more safe. He is a great mentor and someone I'd recommend anyone work with that are looking to improve their self-defense and martial art skills. Very professional and skilled. " Read more
Teacher Tom

Teacher Tom

5.0(3)
Offers online services
3 hires on Lessons
21+ years in business
Serves Ann Arbor, MI
Gretchen M. says, "Teacher Tom was great!! I have a Freshman and a Junior and he worked with them both, accommodating to their level! Thank you so much Tom!! I will definitely be using him as much as I can in the future!!!" Read more
Counter Punch Boxing And Fitness

Counter Punch Boxing And Fitness

New on Lessons
2 hires on Lessons
5+ years in business
Serves Ann Arbor, MI
In December of 2007, when I was 17 years old I decided I wanted to learn how to defend myself and joined a local Mixed Martial Arts gym in my community. It was taught by a Tae Kwon Do black belt who was also a National champion. After some time I decided I enjoyed it enough to try competing in the amateur MMA circuit and had my first fight when I was 18 years old. From there my passion grew and I took several other MMA fights and earned two amateur championships along the way. Eventually I turned professional and currently hold a record of 2-1. I've slowed down in recent years to keep in good health but continued to grow my knowledge of marti...
Counter Punch Gym

Counter Punch Gym

New on Lessons
6 hires on Lessons
5+ years in business
Serves Ann Arbor, MI
Professional Muay Thai fighter, 1996-2002. Former champion of Russia (2001), World Professional Kickboxing Association in Muay Thai. Developed unique programs on functional training and boxing skills. Designed programs to improve techniques, endurance, body shape. COACHING Boxing - Kickboxing - Kids’ Classes - Mitt Techniques - Circuit Boxing - Training Camp - Running Technique - High Intensity Interval Training - Kettle Bell and Free Weights - Nutrition - Training Plans at All Levels - Foundation Training - Professional Fighter Training...
Threat Management Center

Threat Management Center

New on Lessons
Serves Ann Arbor, MI
We teach tactical psychology tactical law tactical skills
RDMF JONES LLC

RDMF JONES LLC

5.0(1)
4+ years in business
Serves Ann Arbor, MI
Lori says, "Excellent courses from a real world experienced person with violence. His courses are information packed and will make you think! " Read more
Capoeira Training

Capoeira Training

New on Lessons
9+ years in business
Serves Ann Arbor, MI
“Mestre Lobinho” began training in 1998 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Lobinho has been teaching in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area of Michigan for 4 years. Lobinho has taught kids programs from ages 2 to 18, adults, and specializes in persons with disabilities. Capoeira is a great way to stay active and creative at home. It will give your body physical strength, flexibility and empower you to be creative. We have heard many people say that Capoeira is one of the best things that happened in their life. Capoeira provides cardiovascular strength, and flexibility training, all of which are essential for overall health. When training capoeira you will
Yellow Tigers Karate School

Yellow Tigers Karate School

New on Lessons
34+ years in business
Serves Ann Arbor, MI
Actual style is Kwon Bop Do. Unique fighting system developed by Grandmaster Joe Onopa, a 10th degree black belt. I'm the highest ranking instructor in Michigan who teaches this art. I have 30 years experience and have won numerous awards and trophies form across the country and around the world. We also have an affiliate school in Australia.

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 Ann Arbor self defense classes

Recent success stories from people in the Ann Arbor area.
Madison G.
Fantastic self-defense class!
Close Quarters Combat Academy
Carrie L.
We did one introductory lesson. He related well with my daughter and had good activities for her to try out. He broke down the steps and explained what she needed to do.
Teacher Tom
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