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Top 10 self defense classes in Houston, TX

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Trea Drake

Trea Drake

New on Lessons
16+ years in business
Serves Houston, TX
I am a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Krav Maga from Krav Maga Worldwide. I train Youth clients as young as 5, and advanced adult classes at Krav Maga Houston (Kirby location). I believe self-defense is an essential life skill and am passionate about the opportunity to help others acquire such an important skill.
Ricky Jackson-ELITE PERSONAL TRAINING (9X Trainer Of The Year

Ricky Jackson-ELITE PERSONAL TRAINING (9X Trainer Of The Year

5.0(1)
15 hires on Lessons
23+ years in business
Serves Houston, TX
Kimberly K. says, "Kimberly Kennedy Flight Attendant "Before I began training with Ricky, I wasn't considered overweight. I had been working out most of my adult life, so I was fairly fit, but I couldn't say I was pleased with my body. I can't remember a time when I didn't believe I could stand to lose 5 or 10 more pounds. Most women between the age of 18-65 share that common theme. It appears to be permanently etched in our minds. I'm sure there are a lot of women who were like me, from size 2 thru 22 and beyond, who wished they could find a great pair of jeans that didn't include the proverbial "MUFFIN TOP." And though I read the same articles in over 15 different magazines in the last 15 years I still couldn't seem to "flatten my abs in two weeks", "lift my butt in 5 minutes a day" or get "lean thighs with 10 NEW moves" ( I dare you to look at a magazine cover right now). I tried diets, ab machines, and I even tried to get a "Smokin' Hot Body" in 90 days. Unfortunately none of those methods really worked or had any long term effect. I was left feeling defeated and unsatisfied. I needed something different. I remember, of all days, it was Thanksgiving, and a friend of mine who is very fit and looks like a model on a magazine cover, recommended I work out with Ricky. I was mildly skeptical. I wasn't really sure how working out with a trainer was going to be any different than everything else I tried, but since nothing else bought me the success I craved, I gave it a shot. WOW! I was blown away! Ricky was able to show me all the things I needed to do to get the lasting results of my dreams. Yes, I had to work at it but believe me, MEASURABLE CHANGE is a great motivator. It's even a lot of fun, especially when I try on jeans. No more "MUFFIN TOP"! The diet and fitness industry rakes in billions of dollars a year by playing on peoples emotions. They want you to believe that this NEW and IMPROVED way of working out is the one size fits all answer. Ricky taught me a realistic approach to health and fitness and he showed me what works. If you're a world class athlete looking for an edge, a parent, if you travel on business, if you if you are sick and tired of wasting time on the new fitness"FLAVOR OF THE MONTH" craze, or even if you have never worked out before, let Ricky show you how to reach your potential and meet your goals. He is well versed in the psychology and physiology of the body. He knows what it takes to STRENGTHEN, SHAPE and FUEL your body and he teaches you how it all works in harmony, one with the other. Of all of his many qualities Ricky has the UNPARALLELED ability to evaluate each client to specifically design a program that works to help you achieve YOUR individual goals. Ricky showed me how to incorporate fitness into my life. I no longer worry that I should lose 5 or 10 more pounds. I feel strong, confident, beautiful and pleased with my body. I think he's the BEST!" " Read more
Level 6 Krav Maga (adults) / Young Warriors (kids)

Level 6 Krav Maga (adults) / Young Warriors (kids)

5.0Exceptional(17)
7+ years in business
Serves Houston, TX
Jssica F. says, "Parker is an awesome instructor! He’s very patient and always explains everything in a fun way so everyone understands it. I love his classes!!" Read more
Termite Watkins

Termite Watkins

New on Lessons
Offers online services
1 hire on Lessons
29+ years in business
Serves Houston, TX
I started boxing when I was 10 yrs old. At 16 I made one of the US Olympic Teams. I was also one of the first to win Golden Glove Nationals at 16. As an amateur my record was 128 wins and 10 loses. As a professional my record was 69 wins 42 by knockout, 5 loses, and 2 draws. I fought for the world championship in 1980. I’ve trained amateurs, professions, and coached an Olympic team. I would love to speak by phone to any potential customers. Thank you!
Women's Elite Boxing Club

Women's Elite Boxing Club

5.0Exceptional(5)
Offers online services
1 hire on Lessons
12+ years in business
Serves Houston, TX
Citlali T. says, "Nigel is an amazing group and personal trainer. I have been training with her in both settings for about two years now and am extremely happy with my results. She took the time to get to know my fitness goals and offered not only personalized workouts but also nutrition/meal plans specifically for me. I loved that she tweaked my workouts and meals over time as she got more familiar with how my body reacted to certain foods and I got stronger therefore needed more challenging workouts. As far as group classes, you will never leave one of her classes not feeling sore. Regardless of what fitness level you're at, Nigel will give you one heck of a workout every time. I really like that she mixes the workouts throughout the week to ensure you workout every muscle group and workouts are never the same and never boring. I highly recommend Nigel as a fitness trainer! " Read more
Krav Maga Houston

Krav Maga Houston

New on Lessons
4 hires on Lessons
Serves Houston, TX
I have been training in Krav Maga since 2006, which is a true Mixed Martial Art developed by the Israeli’s that not only incorporates elements of boxing, Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, and wrestling but it also addresses modern day that tests in a unique way.
Striking Performance

Striking Performance

New on Lessons
4+ years in business
Serves Houston, TX
UH Bauer Graduate NASM certified personal trainer 18 Muay Thai fights 11 wins 6 kos USA Muay Thai ranked #2 at 81kg.
Ronin Mixed Martial Arts

Ronin Mixed Martial Arts

5.0Exceptional(5)
6+ years in business
Serves Houston, TX
Jason L. says, "I really enjoy training here. It’s fun and I always learn something new each class. " Read more
Meditation Concepts & Misfits

Meditation Concepts & Misfits

New on Lessons
4+ years in business
Serves Houston, TX
I believe that it takes a village and we are the community that creates this village. Village equals family. What I enjoy about teaching is just that. I enjoy watching the student grow step by step. I enjoy Knowing that I help a person grow and develop into the best version of his or her self for life.
The Sparks Group

The Sparks Group

New on Lessons
Offers online services
19+ years in business
Serves Houston, TX
We are an elite group of fitness professionals and martial artists whose aim is to build character through persistence, and self-discipline allowing people to learn that they can achieve greatness in any aspect of life. they can

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 Houston self defense classes

Recent success stories from people in the Houston area.
T R.
Parker is a very passionate instructor and cares greatly for the rules of Krav Maga and the learning, performance and confidence level of his students. If willing to work hard, you will learn and develop a lot of skills and confidence working with him.
Level 6 Krav Maga (adults) / Young Warriors (kids)
Natalia S.
I love this women. She encoureges us but is not pushy at all. I like to follow here and believe will get the results I need while I am here.
Women's Elite Boxing Club
Robert
Ronin provides a great experience to learn and train martial arts. Franco the instructor is attentive to details and helps everyone improve in all aspects while keeping the environment fun and safe.
Ronin Mixed Martial Arts
Alejandro R.
Great experience
Gloves Up Boxing
Brad S.
Uriel is one of the hardest working and knowledgeable coaches I know. On top of being an active fighter that can help you master any standing technique (boxing, kickboxing, and my favorite, Muay Thai) he has, and could do, any workout he puts you through. Uriel is a great motivator, and always brings the jokes along with the motivation. A great dude and a great teacher, check him out, for sure.
Revolution Muay Thai
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