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Top 10 self defense classes in Raleigh, NC

Students agree: these instructors are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Kempo And Fitness

Kempo And Fitness

5.0(1)
6+ years in business
Serves Raleigh, NC
Jim B. says, "Precise Pragmatic and Patient. They tailor make training to your particular needs...., " Read more
Lion Of Judah Academy

Lion Of Judah Academy

5.0(1)
2 hires on Lessons
5+ years in business
Serves Raleigh, NC
Trey M. says, "First session was great, learned a lot and will definitely go back" Read more
Chuva Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Chuva Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

New on Lessons
2 hires on Lessons
11+ years in business
Serves Raleigh, NC
The only Soul Fighters black belt in the Triangle area with 15 years of training. I have experience in the biggest tournaments as well as Fight 2 Win professional super fights. I work with ages 3 and up and I am also open to opportunities for self defense instruction and MMA consultation. Gracie-Mansur-Mendes-Flores-Me BJJ made a big impact on who I am. The thing I enjoy most about it is the relationship building and family environment. Even though it is an individual sport, one person’s success is the success of the group....
Coach P Sports

Coach P Sports

5.0Exceptional(10)
Offers online services
23 hires on Lessons
Serves Raleigh, NC
Linda W. says, "Punctual and works my child in soccer exercises. " Read more
Barbelt Warriors Academy

Barbelt Warriors Academy

5.0(1)
Top Pro
5+ years in business
Serves Raleigh, NC
Charity M. says, " Positive: Communication, Professionalism, Quality, Value My child attends the Warrior Karate class and I must say that these instructors are phenomenal! My kid has gained so much confidence along with being able to concentrate and focus so much better since she’s been with them! The Instructors are so great with the children and my daughter adores them both." Read more
Lifestyle Solutions

Lifestyle Solutions

5.0(4)
Offers online services
5 hires on Lessons
14+ years in business
Serves Raleigh, NC
Gloria B. says, "An awesome teacher! " Read more
Jackson's Black Belt Academy

Jackson's Black Belt Academy

New on Lessons
Serves Raleigh, NC
in this era of widespread, marketing of mega size martial arts schools the core essence of the art is often obscured amid lalyers of "flashy" gimmicks and half- truths that betray the character of martial arts. It's about dedicated training of mind and body to harness our God -given abilities that enable us to protect and defend, using the precise,fluid motions of the martial arts. The other benefits of martial arts are merely wonderful by-products of dedicated training. It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Though flattered, JBBA is above all, thankful to the Creator for His grace and blessings of talents, The existen...
Pitbull Martial Arts Center-USA (PMAC-USA)

Pitbull Martial Arts Center-USA (PMAC-USA)

5.0(1)
8+ years in business
Serves Raleigh, NC
Chris B. says, "I enjoy training at PMAC-USA with Coach Harold" Read more
Andrew Hodges Tennis

Andrew Hodges Tennis

New on Lessons
2 hires on Lessons
6+ years in business
Serves Raleigh, NC
I am an experienced tennis professional with 14 years in the business. I played Division 1 at Elon University and was a USTPA P1 (highest reating) for 12 years and truly love to teach. I have a passion for teaching and helping others reach their goals! I make learning fun and easy and love seeing people grown and develop!
Kickboxing 101 Thai Boxing 101

Kickboxing 101 Thai Boxing 101

New on Lessons
4+ years in business
Serves Raleigh, NC
Professional Stunt Performer who trains I’m combat sports! I have been boxing for well over a decade and in the film industry for over 6 years. Specializing in gamification workouts and hand to hand combat as well as weapons fighting! Thai boxing for beginners is my favorite class however basic boxing is a prerequisite.

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 Raleigh self defense classes

Recent success stories from people in the Raleigh area.
Rebe D.
Coach P is patient and knowledgeable. I especially appreciated his ability to tailer the lesson to fit exactly where I am, while also challenging me. He'll get you in shape!
Coach P Sports
Ciera R.
Karla is an amazing teacher! She really makes sure you are learning and is dedicated to you achieving your goals. Perfect fit for me and highly reccomended! 🤗
Lifestyle Solutions
Frank
Adaptive instruction. Tim keeps things interesting, incorporating new elements week to week while building on your practice.
TW Smith Training Center
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