What are Self Defense Classes Like?

Many people do not attend self-defense classes because they are afraid to try new things or afraid to fail. It is really just like learning any other skill. You get out of it what you give. If you try your best and pay attention, you will be successful and learn very helpful information. What is a self-defense class like? There are two types of classes’ one is online self-defense training which has become really popular and we offer or you can go to a martial arts gym locally to train.

Training from home has its benefits like training at your own pace, no driving to the gym, you can rewind the video to see move again, the pricing is affordable, no uniform (called a GI) and you can train on what you want to learn.

Training at a martial arts gym you get instructors there to help, you follow their curriculum, the price is very expensive, you get to work out with other members to practice moves, you will need to buy a GI the uniform for the school and you have to drive to the facility.

We will walk through below what to expect when starting the training for a martial art.

Martial art training is one of those instances where you will be glad that you tried it. You will be glad that you took the chance to step out of your comfort zone and learn something that could really help you in the future. You may mess up and you may not be perfect at everything, and that’s okay! Learning new things can be fun and you have to give yourself the time to learn this new skill.

The instructor online or at a gym really just wants you to be capable of successfully defending yourself, they are not focused on the perfection of each move and technique. Learning techniques at a gym or online you can go always practice the new moves you learn on your family and friends when they start getting on your nerves. Actually, you should probably stick to just practicing it in class or in a dangerous situation, but either way, it’s still fun. Here are some things to remember about self-defense classes.

Being nervous

Ultimately once we are at the point in our lives where we have found the things, we are good at, it is nerve-racking to start up a new skill. This is completely understandable. Your instructor at a gym knows that you have never done this sort of thing before, and most likely the class you take will have people who are in the same position as you unless for some reason you sign up for a higher-level class. It is okay to be nervous as long as it doesn’t cause to decide not to do the class. Luckily, self-defense is something that can be learned by people of all different sizes, strengths, and gender. There are so many different moves and techniques that can be done successfully no matter how strong/big you or your attacker is. Even if your attacker is much bigger and stronger than you, there are still several techniques that you can easily learn to get out of the situation. It does not matter if you have any previous knowledge of fighting, karate, Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu or any other martial art you take. Overall, just know that it is okay to be nervous, just let yourself have fun, learn new things, and be better prepared to defend yourself.

Great workout

Not only are you getting to learn beneficial information and techniques on how to protect and defend yourself, but you are also getting a great workout in as well. When you are learning new moves, you are using a lot of muscles in your body. You are also trying each move multiple times, which makes for a great workout by the end of the class.

Self-defense classes or a martial arts class will give you a great work out especially if doing heavy bag training. Once again, you get out of this class what you put into it. Therefore meaning that you the more serious you take the class and the techniques, the better of a workout you will get. If you really focus on using your muscles correctly and administering the techniques correctly, you should get a great workout out of the class. So if you are nervous or having any doubts about going to a self-defense class, at least know that if it really doesn’t work out for you or you don’t like it, at least you will get a good workout in.

The other good thing if you go to a local martial arts class instead of training online you can usually try the classes for a week. It’s a trial so you can see if that martial arts school is for you. Online self-defense training is much cheaper than going to a school so we suggest trying it at home to learn the basics. If you really love it then find a local martial arts gym to go to for training.

It is Empowering to Learn to Protect Yourself

After you take one or a few self-defense classes, you will realize how empowering it is to be capable of defending and protecting yourself. From now on when you go anywhere, whether it is out with others or by yourself, you will have the tools to be able to successfully protect yourself. This means that you would have the knowledge to get yourself or others out of a dangerous situation. You no longer need to be scared when you are walking home, to your car, or in the dark. That does not mean you should not still be aware of your surroundings and what is happening around you.

It can be very scary to be in places alone, especially for women. There are so many bad things happening in the world today, and it is a great relief to know that you at least have some knowledge to deal with a bad situation if it arises. You do not have to depend on someone else to help you. It is liberating to know that you actually have the tools and the power to be able to defend yourself.

Self- Confidence

Being able to defend yourself boosts your self- confidence. Usually, the more things that you are successful at, the better that you feel about yourself. Not only that but knowing that you don’t need anyone to protect you is satisfying. It is a great feeling to know that you can defend yourself. In general, any sort of physical activity is supposed to boost your self-confidence. In this case, not only are you being physically active, you have now learned great skills that allow you to react to a bad situation.

If you are having any doubts about joining a class or returning to a class,  think about all the other good effects that being able to defend yourself may bring. You get to have a good workout and boost your confidence while learning how to protect yourself. Confidence and happiness are always key. Even if you are not perfect at all the moves and techniques, that does not take away from the satisfaction and confidence you have gained from learning this new knowledge.

Some self-defense classes are harder than others

Just like anything else, there are many different sorts of self-defense classes and martial art styles that have different difficulties. You want to choose one that best fits you including how much previous knowledge and experience you have. There are some classes that are made for beginners, which would be a good choice if you have never taken a class before. There are some classes specifically for women. These are great because men and women have different body structure and sometimes techniques can differ a little due to that. Also in this class, they would focus a lot on how to overcome attackers who may be stronger than you, saying as the most common attacker to a woman would be a man. There are some classes for people who have more experience that way you can learn more than just the basics. There are so many options, so make sure that you choose one that fits you and you should not get discouraged if the class is hard or you don’t catch on right away. It may take some time to learn and get used to. No matter what you are learning extremely beneficial information and it isn’t going to hurt to go to a few classes.

I trained the last few years at an MMA gym that everyone there but I fought amateur or pro-MMA. I am older so no way they let you fight after 35 years old unless you have serious medical clearance.

The year I joined there was a 40-year-old woman that the guys let train with them When talking to one of the instructors he said she had been coming for over a year. That takes some guts training with 20 to 25-year-old MMA fighters. The training we do here is no cake walk because most of the guys are training to get ready for a fight.

The point is if she can do it then so can any of you. To make it easy you should just try the online training we offer to see if you will like it. The cost is small and you can get the basics down for 3 to 6 months then decide if you want to go to a gym or just stay with our online training.

Train like you would need to defend yourself in real life

If you are going to take self-defense classes, you should take them seriously. It is just like when you are playing a sport. Your coach will tell you that how you practice determines how you will actually play. This is true in self-defense as well. If you don’t try and don’t take it seriously, odds are that is how you are bound to act in a real-life situation. It may feel like I keep repeating myself, but the most important aspect of self-defense classes is that you get out of it what you put into it. You want to try your best in class so that if you were to ever have to use any of these techniques in real life, you would do as well on a real attacker as you did in class. You are wasting your time if you do not put full effort in and get the most out of the class. Put the effort in and you will get so much out of self -defense classes including knowledge, a great workout, and self-confidence.


Overall, it is important to treat self-defense classes like any other sport or hobby you take classes for. You want to work just as hard and try to get the most out of your time there. If you are nervous, that is okay! It is always nerve-racking to try new things. Get out of your comfort zone and learn more about protecting yourself. There are so many bad things going on in the world right now, and it can’t hurt to know a little more about self-defense even if you aren’t great at it. Don’t get discouraged and keep trying your best. If you try hard enough at the local or online classes, you are bound to get a good workout and learn new things. Who knows, maybe you will end up being great at it.

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