6 Metro Detroit Self-Defense Classes that Pack a Punch

Improve confidence, build strength, and recognize threats
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Students at Krav Maga Great Detroit learn how to protect themselves in any self-defense situation. // Photograph by Jean Baugher

These metro Detroit self-defense classes all offer different training tactics and techniques, instilling confidence in students while showing them how to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Krav Maga Detroit

Located in Troy, this Krav Maga studio is devoted to teaching students to protect themselves in any self-defense situation. Known as the most battle-tested martial arts system in the world, Krav Maga is the preferred protection method of the U.S. military and law enforcement agencies. This studio offers specialized adult classes, youth classes, and group fitness classes. The Krav Maga Detroit website also showcases an in-depth curriculum so students can get a clear view of the training that they will receive. Training is done in three levels, each focusing on new skills sets at different levels of intensity. Krav Maga Detroit, 950 W. Maple Road, Suite D, Troy; 248-688-9501; kravmagadetroit.com.

My Tactical Advantage

Based in Detroit and owned by a veteran, My Tactical Advantage trains its students to combat a number of threats. From escape tactics and defensive strikes to joint manipulation and pressure point control tactics, the studio set its students up for safety and success by covering all the bases. Students can sign up for monthly memberships, and My Tactical Advantage offers classes at various times to meet most scheduling needs. The studio also offers personal training and youth programs. My Tactical Advantage, 13305 W. Seven Mile Road, Detroit; 313-544-8229; mytacticaladvantageonline.com.

Fighting Spirit Personal Safety

This self-defense school offers progressive and comprehensive training to people of all ages, even kids. Working to combat outside danger as well as abuse within homes and relationships, Fighting Spirit hopes its training can contribute to the greater good. Classes include Girls-R-Pearls, which focuses on empowerment and safety for young girls; Basecamp Empowerment Education for Boys, an anti-bullying, esteem building course for young boys; and Women’s Night Out, an introduction to self-defense for women. With several different programs for all different needs and skill levels, Fighting Spirit makes safety simple. Fighting Spirit Personal Safety, 584 W. Ann Arbor Trail, Plymouth; 734-904-1864; fightingspiritsafety.com.

Quest Martial Arts

Teaching martial arts for over 20 years, Quest Martial Arts academy provides self-defense training, while working to improve the focus and discipline of its students. The martial arts school’s self-defense classes center on situational awareness and threat recognition. No athletic background is required, and the courses cater to anyone who is looking to improve their ability to protect themselves. The instructors at Quest Martial Arts are trained in positive reinforcement, effective communication, and goal setting to make the entire experience comfortable for new and returning students. Quest Martial Arts, 2111 Packard St., Ann Arbor; 734-332-1800; quest-martialarts.com.

Krav Maga Great Lakes

Krav Maga, known as one of the most effective self-defense tactics in the world, is all about finishing the fight as quickly as possible. This Wixom-based facility offers self-defense courses as well as full studies of Krav Maga, where students move up the belt system through continuous training. While prices for membership and classes vary, the studio is extremely accessible, offering classes five days a week and studio tours for prospective students. The facility’s philosophy focuses on the ability to defend against a threat while working to build strength. Krav Maga Great Lakes, 49100 Wixom Tech Drive, Wixom; 248-953-4180; kravmagagreatlakes.com.

Detroit Urban Survival Training

Known as DUST, Detroit Urban Survival Training’s motto is “learn to be your own bodyguard.” The self-defense school combines psychological and physical training to assess threats and prevent tragedy. Whether they are evaluating body language, practicing tactical defense moves, or learning the laws and restrictions surrounding self-defense, students of DUST are sure to be prepared in every way, for any scenario. They offer a free introductory class and memberships. Detroit Urban Survival Training, 23440 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 866-231-1375; detroit-dust.com.

This post has been updated for 2024.