The Best Defense
Where to go for empowering and practical self-defense classes
Words Nicole Jordan
Published January/February 2018 DFWThrive
Updated February 20, 2019
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Looking to learn something new? Empowering as they are practical, self-defense classes help women learn to protect themselves and others while getting a great workout and releasing stress to boot. From krav maga (the official self-defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces) to boxing and Brazilian jiujitsu, classes teach physical skills derived from mixed martial arts plus psychological tactics to mitigate potentially dangerous situations. Prices at these local studios vary, with classes ranging from weekly drop-ins to weekend workshops:

Academy of Combative Warrior Arts (ACWA)
1740 N. Greenville Ave., Richardson; 469/939-2462; womensselfdefenseclasses.com

Chamberlain Studios of Self Defense
2739 Bachman Drive, Dallas; 214/366-3916; 2114 Kidwell St., Dallas, 214/351-5367; dallaskenpo.com

Fort Worth Combatives
5512 River Oaks Blvd., River Oaks; 817/455-8387; fortworthcombatives.com 

Keller Self Defense and Krav Maga
5824 Kroger Drive, Fort Worth; 682/233-5728; kellerselfdefense.com

Krav Maga DFW
1201 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas; 2650 Midway Rd., Suite 204, Carrollton; kravmagadfw.com 

Texas Defense Academy
2911 Race St., Fort Worth; 682/558-7791; texasdefenseacademy.com