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Top 10 self defense classes in Austin, TX

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Atencio Nxt Gen

Atencio Nxt Gen

New on Lessons
8+ years in business
Serves Austin, TX
Atencio is a fighting family. We are changing the game! The family name and club originated in Denver, but as many generations do, we have branched off. We are establishing a presence in Austin, TX. Our Austin location offers both boxing and golf instruction. Boxing and golf are very similar with weight transfer. We can swing both fists and clubs! Your lead instructor is Jeremiah. He was an amateur boxer for eight years, with State and Regional titles in Colorado. Jeremiah turned professional at 21 and was 2-0 as a professional with one KO. He retired at age 23 to focus on family and expanding the family business of coaching young boxers. J
White Rock Kenshinkan Karate Dojo

White Rock Kenshinkan Karate Dojo

Offers online services
1 hire on Lessons
17+ years in business
Serves Austin, TX
Bridget C. says, "This is a great group of hard working, fun loving martial artists! You get a great workout, learn tradition, meet people from all over the world AND have a great time while you're at it. The tradition of Okinawan karate paired with the skills of the instructor and assistants makes for an all-around amazing experience. Very highly recommend this school to anyone looking for karate classes!!" Read more
Boxing Fit Boss

Boxing Fit Boss

2 hires on Lessons
5+ years in business
Serves Austin, TX
Louis R. says, "Brian is very personable and easy to work with. Ton of boxing and fitness knowledge. Makes personalized programs ,routines and tons of other ways to get you solid results. I would choose to train with Brian over all the rest hands down." Read more


8 hires on Lessons
Serves Austin, TX
Jamalle R. says, "Ira was a great trainer . I was just getting started before covid started. I never got back ahold of him after the gyms opened back up. Anyone looking for a great trainer check out Ira!" Read more
Boxing Tutorial

Boxing Tutorial

New on Lessons
14+ years in business
Serves Austin, TX
Personal boxing and fitness classes at home! Learn the techniques of boxing and get yourself in perfect shape with the right fitness workouts! You will also receive new boxing gloves or other necessary equipment as a gift! For each person, I create a special program that will be perfectly matched just for you! Text: 512 412-9506

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 Austin self defense classes

Recent success stories from people in the Austin area.
Drew K.
White Rock Kenshinkan teaches traditional karate in a relaxed, Austin style. The classes are fairly small so there are many opportunities to dive deep into the techniques and history that is taught and to really study the art of karate. There are several black belts of varying skill levels to give a good mix of instruction, and there is a good amount of time to work on the various techniques at each skill level. Many students also have experience with, or even black belts in, another martial style. WRKK incorporates traditional karate, self-defense (tuite), and weaponry (kobudo) into a complete package. Tradition is observed and taught (including using proper Okinawan terminology and etiquette) without it becoming onerous and simply a method to enforce uniformity. WRKK enjoys a rich connection to the Honbu dojo in Okinawa, with many opportunities to train with and learn from our Grandmaster Fusei Kise, his son Isao Kise (the current president of our federation), and other high-ranking experts in this style of karate on a wide variety of subjects. WRKK is not a "McDojo" - the instructors strive to ensure that all students not only know how to perform the techniques but also truly understand them at their current level before moving on to the next. At WRKK, you don't just "learn" karate moves or techniques - you study them. We have fun, we train hard, we ask questions, and we seek to train the best martial artists that we can at any skill level. Stop on by and observe a class or two, or better yet: jump on in and join us! You'll be glad you did!
White Rock Kenshinkan Karate Dojo
Wayne S.
My daughter just started about 3 weeks ago and she loves working with him, she is comfortable around him and says that he is fun to train with.
Boxing Fit Boss
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