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Top 10 self defense classes in Renton, WA

Students agree: these teachers are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Warrior Strength Martial Arts

Warrior Strength Martial Arts

5.0Exceptional(5)
Offers online services
12+ years in business
Serves Renton, 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
NW School Of Karate

NW School Of Karate

5.0(4)
26+ years in business
Serves Renton, WA
Sam M. says, "Sensei Greg Sommers-Herivel has taught our son since 2015. His patience and outstanding ways of teaching have been key to keep our son attending and growing at NW School of Karate. The new location is great!!" Read more
Ishi Yama Battojutsu

Ishi Yama Battojutsu

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

LionHeart Kickboxing

5.0(1)
25+ years in business
Serves Renton, WA
Emre G. says, "Scott has a lot of experience in Kickboxing, and strength & conditioning. He helped me with my fights, and I could tell the difference in between working with a good coach vs an OK coach. I’d strongly recommend Scott’s training curriculum, it’ll get you where you want to be if not beyond that. " Read more
Sensei Gregory C Lewis' Modern Karate

Sensei Gregory C Lewis' Modern Karate

New on Lessons
18+ years in business
Serves Renton, WA
Modern Karate is comprehensive, real-world self-defense instruction and more. THIS karate employs a broad range of techniques including powerful strikes, kicks, throws, chokes, joint locks, ground-fighting, and improvised weaponry; brought together with up-to-date strategy and tactics for self-preservation from a variety of carefully selected, credible, peer-reviewed sources. Sensei Gregory C. Lewis has been involved in the martial arts since 1978. His studies have included Boxing, Taekwondo, Wing Chun Kung-Fu, Thai Kickboxing, Traditional Japanese Bare-Knuckle/Full-Contact Karate, and Brazilian Jujitsu. In 2006, he began to spread his ...
Garage Chung Do Kwan

Garage Chung Do Kwan

New on Lessons
1 hire on Lessons
8+ years in business
Serves Renton, WA
I teach martial arts/self defense privately, keeping classes very small, no more than 4 students at a time.
808 MMA

808 MMA

5.0(3)
25+ years in business
Serves Renton, WA
Winlove M. says, "Awesome trainer and I've trained with a few but his way of teaching is very technical and conditioning is top knotch, I've trained with coach Ed for years back in Honolulu and when I visit Nevada I continue my training with him." Read more
Master. KD

Master. KD

New on Lessons
1 hire on Lessons
48+ years in business
Serves Renton, WA
watching. people. develop
Step One Boxing

Step One Boxing

New on Lessons
Offers online services
1 hire on Lessons
24+ years in business
Serves Renton, WA
I have been a professional trainer for two decades. I have students who are professionals from executives, blue collar workers, industrial workers, law enforcement and security officers, Housewives, teenagers and children. I teach a thorough method of boxing and calisthenics that would get you into the best shape of your life.. 100% Improvement
COBRA Northwest

COBRA Northwest

New on Lessons
9+ years in business
Serves Renton, WA
We teach law enforcement based self-defense.

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 Renton self defense classes

Recent success stories from people in the Renton 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
Josh R.
Sensei Greg is a knowledgeable teacher who gives fantastic examples. He works really well with any age group. I had 2 - 9 year olds in the program and he constantly found ways to engage them and make them interested in learning more. The students advance without feeling like they're on a conveyor belt. Progress is made through earning the knowledge not just putting in time as opposed to other dojos I've seen. Fantastic dojo!!!
NW School of Karate
Bryan M.
I've been a student in Honolulu for over 10yrs when coach Ed was still living on Oahu, unfortunately he moved to Nevada but can't say enough about his method of teaching, he does techniques over and over till each student understands what he/she is doing and I've been in the best shape of my life since meeting him! 🤙
808 MMA
LAURA VERONICA M.
Shes very good and patient with my daughter
Resilient Body Fitness
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