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Top 10 self defense classes in Kirkland, WA

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Warrior Strength Martial Arts

Warrior Strength Martial Arts

Offers online services
12+ years in business
Serves Kirkland, WA
Sue B. says, "Belton expansive expertise about strength training, fitness and health. He will modify workouts if necessary to address injuries yet knows when to push you because he believes you can do better before you believe it yourself. I will always highly recommend Warrior Strength Martial Arts. " Read more
Ishi Yama Battojutsu

Ishi Yama Battojutsu

New on Lessons
Offers online services
1 hire on Lessons
35+ years in business
Serves Kirkland, WA
Students in these classes learn personal protection techniques and gain insight into the modern application of the ancient way of Japanese style swordsmanship.


9 hires on Lessons
19+ years in business
Serves Kirkland, WA
Sandra W. says, "My grandson is really enjoying the classes. " Read more
Flow Pro Fitness

Flow Pro Fitness

New on Lessons
Offers online services
3+ years in business
Serves Kirkland, WA
5 years MMA training experience 7 years weightlifting experience ISSA certified PT During the summer of 2017, Flow Pro Fitness founder, Kyler Krueger found himself on a journey of self-discovery. Sick of monotony and yearning to explore the world outside of his hometown, the journey of a lifetime began with a brief Google search. That search, which started with “mixed martial arts camps” led him to Facebook, a new connection, and eventually; a plane ticket to Thailand where he settled briefly and was immersed in the world of mixed martial arts. It was in Thailand, where Kyler studied, connected, and watered the seeds planted within him whi
"Mighty" Mathias' Boxing & Kickboxing

"Mighty" Mathias' Boxing & Kickboxing

New on Lessons
2 hires on Lessons
6+ years in business
Serves Kirkland, WA
I am a fun and energetic individual with a passion for the skill of striking. I possess a decade of training between kickboxing and boxing and have competed on the local circuit. I have 5+ years of coaching/teaching experience and in that time, have taught many people who not only range in skill level, but age as well. Beginner to advanced, young or old, short and tall - I have worked with all. Here's some things I can pretty much guarantee, as long as you apply yourself: You will break a sweat, you will learn something and you will have a good time! You don't need to work towards stepping into a ring either. Boxing and kickboxing, in general...
Carter's Taekwondo

Carter's Taekwondo

New on Lessons
11+ years in business
Serves Kirkland, WA
We practice both the HTF, similar to ITF and we also train in WTF Taekwondo styles. We also train in Shaolin Kung Fu, Balintiwak and more. Our school is dedicated to teaching each student to their fullest capabilities, and my goal is to train every student to be better than myself. We teach all ages, includuding students with special needs of any sort Some of my favorite students vary on the autism spectrum and they have trained since 2017. The most important key in this is the parents. Sometimes children AND adults want to skip out of chores, class... but the parents who bring their kids to class are the reason why the kid succeeds in what...

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 Kirkland self defense classes

Recent success stories from people in the Kirkland area.
Jon W.
I've been training with Belton for over 8 years - and study strength training, and martial arts during our private training sessions. He is incredibly knowledgeable and always strives to improve his skills so that he can help his students to continue to improve. He is truly a teacher who listens to his students, and helps them to realize their potential both physically and mentally. His background and experience is immense, and he brings together many disciplines as well as physical movement, physical health, nutrition, proper strength training techniques, Z-Health, NSI, Balintawak, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Would highly recommend Belton!
Warrior Strength Martial Arts
Sandra W.
Just starting but first impression he has a way with kids. My grandson is a little shy but Carl had him relaxed and laughing.
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