How much will your private self defense lessons cost?

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Self Defense Instructors on Thumbtack cost$60 - $70

Average fixed price

  • Lowest price:$40
  • Most common low price:$60
  • Most common high price:$70
  • Highest price:$120

How much do martial arts classes cost?

Martial arts lessons are for students of all ages, from young children to seniors wanting to gain strength, confidence, discipline and improved health. Martial arts instructors work with every skill level, from beginners to advanced martial arts practitioners who want to hone their techniques. Classes focus on karate, boxing, judo, taekwondo, kickboxing, kung fu, jiu-jitsu or mixed martial arts and range from strictly defense to a mixture of martial arts and more traditional fitness moves. Costs for martial arts lessons vary depending on a number of factors

Region and trainer

Geographic location shapes the cost of martial arts lessons. The cost of living, local competition, area rents and other factors affect how martial arts instructors and studios set pricing. In addition, an instructor’s reputation and experience affect the cost—those who have competed professionally or have a well-known training style or studio command higher prices.

Individual classes

One-on-one martial arts classes can be tailored to students’ specific needs and are a great way to build skills quickly. However, because students are paying for exclusive use of the trainer’s time, private lessons typically cost more than duo or group classes.

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Session length

In general, the longer the training session, the higher the cost.Next Level Boxing & Fitness in South Amboy, New Jersey, charges the following:

  • 30-minute session purchased in a pack of 5: $50 (total cost $250)

  • 45-minute session purchased in a pack of 5: $60 (total cost $300)

  • 60-minute session purchased in a pack of 5: $70 (total cost $350)

Group classes

Fitness centers and gyms offer ongoing martial arts and self-defense lessons in a group setting. Prices vary depending on the location, trainer and the specialization of the class. Summit Physique Fitness in Mesa, Arizona charges a $15 drop-in rate for group martial arts class.

Monthly memberships

Some studios or gyms offer monthly memberships that provide unlimited access to martial arts and fitness classes. The cost of memberships are based on specific contracts, sign up fees, studio amenities and whether or not the company offers a month-to-month payment option. Summit Physique Fitness charges $80 per month for unlimited access to all classes, with a minimum enrollment of three months.

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Many instructors offer packages for their martial arts classes, which provide a savings opportunity for students. The more classes students purchase upfront, the lower price per class. Here’s an example of this tiered package pricing from Next Level Boxing & Fitness:

  • 60-minute session purchased in a pack of 5: $70 (total cost $350)

  • 60-minute session purchased in a pack of 10: $65 (total cost $650)

  • 60-minute session purchased in a pack of 20: $60 (total cost $1,200)


Trainers typically charge more when they travel to a student’s home or office for martial arts lessons. Some instructors charge variable travel fees based on travel time, distance and transportation expenses such as tolls, while others charge a set travel fee, such as $10 per lesson.

Pro tip:

  • Many group classes or studios, such as Next Level Boxing & Fitness, offer a free trial. Take advantage to make sure the trainer’s style is right for you.
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