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Top 10 self defense classes in Charlotte, NC

Students agree: these teachers are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Center Of The Heart Karate

Center Of The Heart Karate

5.0(1)
1 hire on Lessons
9+ years in business
Serves Charlotte, NC
Bridget S. says, "Terry Helse is kind, patient, an excellent trainer, and reasonably priced. I could not be more pleased with your suggestion and my choice. Thank you!" Read more
Suuz Moves

Suuz Moves

New on Lessons
16+ years in business
Serves Charlotte, NC
I've been practicing the beautiful Eight Treasures Qigong for 19 years and have a style of linking movements for ease in learning. My cueing and love of the practice allows enjoyment for even very green grasshoppers (beginners). Tai Chi for Arthritis is so beneficial in learning balance and shifting weight - and this carries over to everyday life. I also teach Essentrics, a rebalancing full body workout for lengthening and strengthening the body....
EDGE Performance Training

EDGE Performance Training

New on Lessons
1 hire on Lessons
13+ years in business
Serves Charlotte, NC
Experience one of Charlotte’s best functional training studios within minutes of Uptown. Our personalized approach to fitness and constantly evolving workouts keep your body challenged, your heart rate up and those last five pounds running for the hills. We help our members improve their lives through fitness and healthy eating habits. Without fail if we are able to help our members become healthier, their quality of life improves.
Ntense Fitness And Boxing

Ntense Fitness And Boxing

5.0(1)
Offers online services
1 hire on Lessons
Serves Charlotte, NC
Lynne L. says, "Working out with DC is a great experience. He focuses on mind and body for a well rounded training session that brings positive results " Read more
Live Humbly Confident

Live Humbly Confident

New on Lessons
4+ years in business
Serves Charlotte, NC
Action Certified personal trainer and experienced active professional boxer, Offering boxing training lessons self defense, weight loss, strength and conditioning. My passion is to help as many people as possible learn self defense and reach their fitness and weight loss goals. I not only train my clients i work out with them and speak positivity to help inspire and motivate them. I enjoy seeing posiitive results for all of my clients.
Mint Hill Kung Fu

Mint Hill Kung Fu

New on Lessons
31+ years in business
Serves Charlotte, NC
We are a traditional Chinese Martial Arts School. The art is still around because it is effective and allows for someone to study the art in Martial art. We have very close ties to our Grandmaster. I want the art to live and the only way is to pass it down.
Self Defense And Martial Arts Instruction

Self Defense And Martial Arts Instruction

New on Lessons
12+ years in business
Serves Charlotte, NC
I specialize in one on one training and tailor each lesson to the student and their individual goals
New Era Youth Fitness LLC

New Era Youth Fitness LLC

5.0(3)
1 hire on Lessons
7+ years in business
Serves Charlotte, NC
Jenna W. says, "My experience with Junior was great, he was a great teacher, got straight to work and Helped me have better technique and lose weight." Read more
Taekwondo And Fitness Lessons

Taekwondo And Fitness Lessons

5.0Exceptional(8)
1 hire on Lessons
11+ years in business
Serves Charlotte, NC
Dareke C. says, "The class is very informative and is a very good workout. Very enjoyable." Read more
Evermore Thai Boxing Club

Evermore Thai Boxing Club

New on Lessons
Serves Charlotte, NC
Evermore Thai Boxing Club, located in Charlotte, NC, and servicing the surrounding areas, is dedicated to offering the highest level of training and fitness solutions. The club's passionate professionals are committed to providing a supportive environment where members can improve their physical fitness and mental strength through Thai boxing. Join Evermore Thai Boxing Club to experience a challenging yet rewarding journey towards personal growth and improved health.

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 Charlotte self defense classes

Recent success stories from people in the Charlotte area.
Prince H.
Did? Still at NEYF! It started off as, “we gone check him out & if not we’ll try to find a gym”. It turned into, “son I believe we’ve found a “hidden gem”! You know that trainer that finds pleasure in seeing his training “work”? That’s Junior! AND he’s inexpensive! Kinda too good to be true! We love it!
New Era Youth Fitness LLC
Faye T.
Great Instructor, knowledgeable with the ability to teach youth as well as adults. Very professional. Highly recommend.
Taekwondo and Fitness Lessons
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