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Competitive Boxing Drills

Competitive Boxing Drills

1 hire on Lessons
24+ years in business
Serves Alexandria, VA
Jay P. says, "Had the privilege of meeting Richard a few years ago. I was looking to get in shape and also learn a little bit of boxing and self defense. I was contacted by Richard and we set up a day and time. He made me feel really comfortable and was very thorough in what we would be working on. My first class was absolutely amazing! I learned so much and developed a new respect for the craft. He is very knowledgeable about the art of boxing. If you want to learn the correct way Richard is DEFINITELY they way to go!!! Aside from boxing and training Richard is also a person who cares and incorporates valuable life lessons along with teaching his craft. I am thankful to have met and trained with Richard and will continue to use the knowledge gained from him for the rest of my life!!! Thanks Richard, 🙏 Jay." Read more
STB Training Center

STB Training Center

New on Lessons
11+ years in business
Serves Alexandria, VA
Always maintaing a positive energy and motivating others to push past their limits. Very animated so I apologize in advance if you catch some soul being around me! Focused on teaching others the art as I continue to grow within it. Helping develope STB youth program and serves as an assistant teacher and pillar that will guide our fututre.


Offers online services
3 hires on Lessons
12+ years in business
Serves Alexandria, VA
Brett B. says, "Class act and professional! Great coach!" Read more
Perry Inc

Perry Inc

New on Lessons
4+ years in business
Serves Alexandria, VA
Hello my name is Bobby Perry I have 30 plus years of martial arts experience with twenty students that I trained to blackbelt. Some of the martial arts I have studied include Combat Kuntao, Aikido, Balintawok, Boxing and Ju Jitsu. When you join the team we’ll have a talk about how far you want to go on your martial journey. We be have a specialized program that’s designed to get you your desired martial in the most efficient and effective way. Along the way we will sweat, have fun and good conversation.

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?

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