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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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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.

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.


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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Recent reviews

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!

Advanced Renewal

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.

Direct Connections Personal Martial ArtsTraining

Stephan was fantastic. Very knowledgeable in self-defense and martial arts. He was personable, good with children and his fee was very reasonable. He offered a lot of extras like statistical information, training equipment and real-type scenarios. Would definitely recommend him to others and will have him back for part Ii of the Self-defense class.