Best Self-Defense Classes in San Francisco, CA

The highest-rated Self-Defense Training companies out of 144 vetted & reviewed in the San Francisco area.

10th Planet Jiu Jitsu San Mateo

10th Planet Jiu Jitsu San Mateo

(28)
Martial Arts, Kickboxing, Self Defense
“The instructors teach their little students BJJ techniques, and also lessons important for life: focus, determination and hard work, though, the latter feels like playing games with Adam and crew!”
In Business Since 2018
Licensed, BBB Rating: A+
Accepts All Major Credit Cards
910 S Amphlett Blvd, San Mateo, CA
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AB Mixed Martial Arts Academy

AB Mixed Martial Arts Academy

(17)
  • Learn
“The Best gym in San Francisco 🔥🔥”
In Business Since 2008
Licensed, BBB Rating: A
Accepts All Major Credit Cards
2975 San Bruno Ave, San Francisco, CA
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Caio Terra Academy

Caio Terra Academy

(29)
  • Jiu Jitsu
  • Professor
  • Students
“The incredible skill & detail of instruction in both the adults and kids classes, the cleanliness of the facility, the inclusive "One Team" environment and the commitment to working through the pandemic with members to ensure they had the support, tr...”
In Business Since 2011
Transparent Fees & Pricing
Coupons & Offers
855 Park Ave, San Jose, CA
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Evolve Training Center

Evolve Training Center

(28)
  • Coach
  • Community
  • Muay Thai
“As much as I miss the in-person training sessions, they've done a superb job adapting with online classes and continuing to find ways to foster the sense of community with frequent communications and updates to the FB group.”
In Business Since 2012
Transparent Fees & Pricing
647 El Camino Real, South San Francisco, CA
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Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu Martial Arts Academy

Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu Martial Arts Academy

(28)
  • Train
  • Students
  • Learn
“Whether you're seeking a family-centric environment (inclusive of young children), looking to learn a practical form of self defense, compete more seriously in the sport, or just generally stay in shape and have fun, Guerrilla will help.”
In Business Since 2015
Transparent Fees & Pricing
478 W San Carlos St, San Jose, CA
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San Lorenzo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

San Lorenzo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

(30)
  • Train
  • Submission Wrestling
  • Women
“When looking for a gym I was brand new to Brazilian Jujitsu and found this gym around the corner of where I grew up, Coach Manny was very welcoming and so was the entire gym who helped me take my first steps into the sport.”
In Business Since 2021
Transparent Fees & Pricing
Serving San Francisco Area
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Romulo Melo Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Romulo Melo Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

(26)
  • Train
  • Mat
  • Self-Defense
“What I love most is that Romulo still teaches the self-defense aspect of jiu-jitsu, while keeping a playful environment allowing all practitioners to incorporate the newer and innovative styles that have been sparking up in the competition scene.”
In Business Since 2016
Accepts All Major Credit Cards
1313 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
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San Francisco Jiu Jitsu Academy (Sfbjj)

San Francisco Jiu Jitsu Academy (Sfbjj)

(18)
  • Train
  • 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gi
“Denny has created a welcoming, friendly, and attentive space that is (A) ideal for beginners to learn from veterans while also being (B) ideal for veterans to learn, experiment and refine combat techniques that are revolutionary and effective for bot...”
In Business Since 2008
IBJJF, IBJJF Certified
Transparent Fees & Pricing
3391 Mission St, San Francisco, CA
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Ralph Gracie Jiu Jitsu

Ralph Gracie Jiu Jitsu

(19)
  • Learn
  • Respectful
  • Skilled
“Learned a couple of excellent techniques I'll be taking home with me and the place is full of purple, brown and black belts so I got some very productive rolls in.”
In Business Since 2007
1166 Howard St, San Francisco, CA
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Empire Jiu Jitsu

Empire Jiu Jitsu

(17)
  • Instructors
  • BJJ
  • Train
“There's a bunch of fundamentals classes throughout the week where you learn the basic movements and concepts needed for the sport, then hop into the evenings/ nogi/ wrestling classes when you feel ready.”
In Business Since 2018
2356 Mission St, San Francisco, CA
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Peace of Mind

Peace of Mind

(12)
  • Martial Arts
  • Community
  • Boxing
“He noticed my previous experiences with Shaolin and Wing Chun by briefly watching my moves, and has been teaching me how to add what I had learnt before, which is one of the main principles of Jeet Kune Do.”
In Business Since 2004
Transparent Fees & Pricing
727 Leavenworth St, San Francisco, CA
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Bay Jiu-Jitsu

Bay Jiu-Jitsu

(14)
  • Learn
  • Train
“In addition, you don't realize how good Stephan is at explaining positions until you train with other black belts and realize high level belts don't always equal great teachers.”
In Business Since 2009
1628 Post St, San Francisco, CA
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Team Santos Jiu Jitsu

Team Santos Jiu Jitsu

(17)
  • BJJ
  • MMA
  • Family
“The instructors are the best and everyones goal is to make each other better to be able to dominate attackers on the streets or win competitions and sport fights.”
In Business Since 2001
Accepts All Major Credit Cards
Coupons & Offers
2001 Omega Rd Suite 100, San Ramon, CA
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Charles Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy

Charles Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy

(10)
  • Learn
  • Coach
“If you live in San Mateo or are staying in the area for a while and you are interested in BJJ, I would strongly recommend you to at least make a visit to the gym, say hello and try a class.”
In Business Since 2013
Accepts All Major Credit Cards
174 W 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA
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Marco Nascimento Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Marco Nascimento Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

(15)
  • Family
  • Belt
  • Learn
“There are lots of ways it can be bad fit: one who injures training partners consistently, who is not considerate, who doesn't listen to Marco's instruction or advice, or who doesn't follow the rules and guidelines of the gym - these rules are there f...”
In Business Since 2004
1717 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA
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Albany Jiu Jitsu Academy

Albany Jiu Jitsu Academy

(15)
  • Learn
  • Jiu-Jitsu
  • Professor
“The self-defense classes are among my favorite since students learn to apply Jiu-Jitsu techniques in self-defense scenarios and the program nicely complements the Gi and No-Gi curriculum.”
In Business Since 2021
Serving San Francisco Area
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Charles Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy

Charles Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy

(4)
“They did a really good job easing me into the basics of jiu jitsu and I'd recommend to check it out for anyone looking to stay in shape, looking to switch up their exercise routine or if you have a general interest in martial arts.”
In Business Since 2017
6300 California St, San Francisco, CA
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FTK Martial Arts

FTK Martial Arts

(2)
“Surprised me: all instructor remember names of All students from seniors to first time show up!”
In Business Since 1986
461 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA
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Martial Arts America

Martial Arts America

(10)
“The discipline and conditioning my kids receive from martial arts (Taekwondo, Jujitsu, Eskrima, and Krav Maga) have helped them do well in school, sports, and community service.”
In Business Since 2021
2432 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, CA
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SBG Norcal Jiu Jitsu & Mixed Martial Arts

SBG Norcal Jiu Jitsu & Mixed Martial Arts

(6)
“Full disclosure, growing up in the area I have known some of the staff forty years and completely trust them with my kids and health.”
In Business Since 2016
Remote Consultations Available
1450 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA
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El Cerrito Martial Arts

El Cerrito Martial Arts

(5)
  • Learn
“Their boxing coach is this grizzled old badass boxer that will turn you into a killer, their kickboxing coach has actual competition fight experience, and their Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt instructor is right out of Sergio Silva's camp.”
In Business Since 2011
Serving San Francisco Area
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Open Door Jujitsu

Open Door Jujitsu

(1)
“She has wondrous ability to break down the skills into learnable bites that are specific to each student's needs.”
In Business Since 2015
Serving San Francisco Area
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Five Animals Kung Fu Academy

Five Animals Kung Fu Academy

(4)
“Our son would not be the adolescent he is today without the love and instruction he has received since starting at 4 years old.”
In Business Since 2013
2408 19th Ave, San Francisco, CA
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Zen Budokai Aikijujitsu

Zen Budokai Aikijujitsu

(1)
“Superior instruction based upon highest levels of knowledge with decades of teaching”
In Business Since 1978
2830 Baker St, San Francisco, CA
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Self Defense Training Services in San Francisco, CA Cost Estimates

Minimum cost
$187
Maximum cost
$561
National Average
$287
Avg Per Hour Rates
$75
$250
$387
Fair price range is based on 484 cost profiles
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Average Cost $287
Minimum cost $187
Maximum cost $561
Avg Per Hour Rates $75

Fair range $250 to $387 is based on 484 cost profiles.

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