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National average: $55


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The average cost for a self defense instructor is $55. You are likely to spend between $25 and $105 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated August 1st, 2017

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Karate lessons teach people to protect themselves, build strength, improve overall physical health, and gain confidence and discipline. A professional karate instructor—also known as a "sensei"—can teach students of all ages. Students can take one-time classes, ongoing lessons or join a karate instruction studio, known as a “dojo,” in the same way someone might join a gym. Instructors work with students at any skill level, from first-time practitioners to advanced students refining their practice for competition. Several factors affect the cost of karate lessons.

Private lessons

Private karate instruction is tailored to an individual student’s skill level and needs. Private lessons are great for people who have an injury and require special focus during recovery, who prefer one-on-one instruction, or who are training for competition. Instructors usually charge more for private lessons than for group instruction because the individual student receives the teacher’s undivided attention and expertise. The longer the private session, the higher the cost. TigerStrong NYC in New York City charges the following for private lessons:

  • Children: $65

    • +$25 for each additional child in the private class
  • Adults: $80

    • Reduced rates available for custom private lesson packages

Group classes

Group instruction is typically the most affordable way to take karate lessons, and purchasing lesson packages upfront costs less than paying for each class separately. Karate instructors offer group lessons at gyms, dojos or at a student’s location. TigerStrong NYC charges $30 for a drop-in group class. A lesson package or studio membership would cost less.

Monthly rates

Students can save on karate lessons by joining a dojo or gym. Teachers provide access to classes at varying rates, depending on membership level. TigerStrong NYC charges the following tiered pricing for monthly membership:

  • One class per week (four or five classes per month): $75

  • Two classes per week (eight to 10 classes per month): $115

  • Unlimited monthly classes: $155


Packages benefit both students and teachers financially because the students receive a discounted rate and teachers have the security of ongoing business. Typically, the more classes students purchase upfront, the lower the price per class. TigerStrong NYC charges the following for lesson packages paid for upfront:

  • One class per week for four months: $265

  • Two classes per week for four months: $405

Location and reputation

An instructor’s experience and reputation affect the cost of karate lessons. Teachers who have competed professionally or who have a well-known teaching style often charge higher rates for instruction. Geographical region also affects the cost of karate lessons, based on the local cost of living, regional competition, area studio rental costs and other factors.


Some instructors who offer private lessons in student’s homes or offices charge a travel fee. This fee covers the instructor’s additional time and transportation costs in getting to and from the location.

Pro tip:

  • Many instructors offer a free trial so that students can determine whether a studio is the right fit. Take at least one class with an instructor before purchasing a membership or package.

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Serge Self-Defense and Fitness Fight/Fit

My son, age 14, had his first lesson private lesson with Serge last week and love it! Serge is a professional and obviously well versed in Krav Maga. He is also a very good instructor, explaining the moves but kept the class fast paced and fun. We bought a 5 class private package for a great price. Would highly recommend!

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Kevin was my daughter's self defense instructor for two separate sessions. The first session involved walking through Downtown Denver one evening in which Kevin explained many techniques and strategies of being alert and aware of your environment. We also had a very memorable moment in which Kevin took us through a dark alley way and, by chance, got to actually experience a taste of the dangerous situations that Kevin spoke to us about throughout the three hour session. The initial session was an incredibly eye-opening and valuable experience on its own, and Kevin's knowledge on self-defense techniques, tools, and other information was worth more than the price of the session. At first we thought the first session would be enough, but attending the second session, in the words of my daughter, was by-far one of the best decisions that she has made. Kevin spent over an hour instructing her on the physical portion of self defense, in which she got to practice strike moves on a dummy and sandbag, as well as many strike techniques to respond and escape from different types of attacks. Kevin also went further by giving advice on exercise techniques to improve body strength to correlate with the self defense moves that he taught. Overall, it was a very valuable experience that I would recommend to anyone who would like to learn self defense. My daughter would also highly recommend this for females. Kevin is a very professional, respectful, and experienced instructor who provides a lot of valuable knowledge that could potentially save your life.

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