How to do Self Defense Training at Home

Learning martial arts at home can be super easy with all of the new videos online and DVD series. If you do not have the time or money to take classes, you can easily teach yourself at home. How do you do self-defense training at home? The easiest way is to buy a course either one that is online or buy a DVD course. You can then review the techniques over and over to master them.

If you are interested, in learning martial arts, you may have to buy some equipment including a punching bag and boxing gloves so be prepared for that.

You can successfully learn without the equipment, although, it will come in handy and make you’re overall educational and learning experience about martial arts better.

With all of this being said, it is important that you do the research to make sure that you choose the martial arts best for you to learn. If you are going to be spending your time learning something, you want it to be something that you enjoy and that works for you.

Here are some martial art styles that you can learn at home with the right online or DVD training.


Believe it or not, Jiu Jitsu is actually the easiest and best martial art to learn at home. Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art and combat sport.

Basically, the rundown of Jiu-Jitsu focuses on grappling and ground fighting.

Grappling is hand to hand combat that is used to gain an advantage when fighting.

Ground fighting is hand to hand combat that occurs when both fighters are on the ground.

Ground fighting can also be known as ground work or ground game.

When practicing Jiu Jitsu, sparring is another technique commonly used. Sparring is essentially free-form fighting.

My son took Jiu-Jitsu in a class when he was younger and after each class, the kids would grapple on the ground. The grappling helped them to try and use the technique they just learned.

Jiu-Jitsu is straightforward to learn at home because there are several techniques that when walked through step-by-step you can learn the technique.

There are several programs that were created to teach Jiu-Jitsu at home. One of them is our online program on this website does teach Jiu-Jitsu along with stand up fighting.

If the online classes are not necessarily your style, you can always purchase a DVD set that you can watch and teach yourself Jiu-Jitsu.

If you can find a partner to learn and practice with you, that could be beneficial as well. It is not needed as there are many individual techniques, but there are tons of techniques that require a partner as well.

You can also buy a Jiu-Jitsu wrestling dummy that you can find on our products page.


Another good martial art to learn at home is karate. Karate is probably what comes to your head when you hear martial arts because of its popularity in movies and on other media.

There are several other martial arts besides karate, however, karate is extremely popular here in the United States and it happens to be easily learned at home. Basically, karate is a striking and kicking martial art.

This means that it primarily uses punching, kicking, elbow and knee strikes, open hand techniques and palm heel strikes. Now in the modern days, karate also uses grappling, joint locks and other techniques.

Joint locks are when you apply pressure on your opponent’s joins to control the opponent or disarm an attacker in a self-defense situation.

Karate focuses a lot on balance and power.

It is also important to learn the basic stances before you actually learn any techniques.

The three main types of stances are walking stance, front stance, and cat stance.

Walking stance and front stance are similar and then cat stance is when you put more weight on your back leg. Look up these stances to delve deeper into the positioning and techniques.

When doing karate at home, it is important to meditate and warm up before you begin practicing. After that simply get online or put in your training DVD to learn at home.

Karate is straight forward to learn at home because most of the techniques are for individuals and easy to grasp.


Taekwondo is a martial art from Korea that focuses on very fast pace techniques like spinning, jumping, and kicking.

There is an entire movie called “Spin Kick” dedicated to this martial art.

Taekwondo became so popular and competitive that it is now an Olympic sport. It is one of the most systematic forms of martial arts and I think that is why it sparks so much interest in the people who practice it.

It is very technically difficult and almost scientific.

It is very dynamic and requires more foot skills than the other forms of martial art.

Even though it requires more footwork, it is definitely a martial art that you can learn to do at home.

Taekwondo is known for its “theory of power” which focuses on speed and agility. It is an anaerobic and aerobic workout practicing for taekwondo.

This martial art focuses on forms, sparring, and breaking. Breaking is the art of breaking boards that are used for training. Bricks, tiles, and blocks of ice can also be used.

You do not have break boards or ice when learning from home. There are many online videos and DVD sets that focus on Taekwondo kicking and punching that you can practice at home.

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

Mixed martial arts or MMA is a full contact combat sport.

It focuses on using striking and grappling, but overall it uses many mixed techniques from different forms of martial arts.

There are many different strategies that MMA uses including sprawl- and- brawl, clinch- fighting, ground- and – pound, and many more. There are also specific groups and courses for MMA that is specific to women.

If you are a woman and interested in learning MMA, I would suggest that when looking for tutorial videos online you search from women MMA.

There are professional MMA competitions everywhere as I am sure you have seen on TV or heard about.

This is a martial art that definitely involves more freedom and many different techniques. You want to make sure that if this is the one you choose, you put the time and energy in to fully be successful. You want to work on getting stronger and faster to be your best when practicing MMA.

You can also do other things like running or working out to increase your endurance before and while learning different MMA styles and techniques.

Having a strong core is a big part of most MMA techniques so you can also work on things to strengthen your core as well. Simple things like push-ups, sit-ups, planks, leg raise, and jump roping can go a long way in helping you prepare your body for martial arts.

This martial art needs a lot of warming up and preparation of the body in order for success. For the best outcome, you could look up several different videos including drills and actual techniques.


Overall there are many different martial arts that you can try to learn, and there are even several that are ones you can learn from home.

It is just very important that you put in the time, energy, and effort to succeed.

Giving yourself two hours a week is not going to cut it. If you are going to take time out of your life to learn something, you might as well do it right and give it your all.

You want to take the time to research different martial arts that way you pick the one that best suits you and what you want to get out of it. Different martial arts are easier for different people and someone can’t really tell you what is going to be easiest from you. You have to figure that out by yourself.

You have to know how much time you are going to put into learning, how your body works, and what you are good at. You also really want to think about getting the equipment that will be appropriate for whatever martial arts you choose. Check out our products page for equipment you may need. You can also train with our online program and move to a school once you figure out what you like.

If you want to know what self-defense classes are like check out our article.