Self-Defense Training for Women

AZ Defensive Arts offers one of the "Top Rated" Women's Self-Defense programs in Arizona. We have been teaching female specific self-defense since 2003. In 2006 we added our Combatives training programs and in 2010 we expanded into Arizona serving Phoenix and the East Valley. Our programs are practical, realistic and specifically designed for women regardless of age, size, strength, or level of fitness. Classes are designed to give you the knowledge, confidence and ability to defend yourself against some of the worst possible situations that you could ever face.

Let's face it, most martial arts styles have been designed from a male’s perspective of combat and more often than not, fail to properly address the kinds of attacks women are commonly exposed to. Bottom line, a man will attack a woman differently than he would attack another man. Make sure that you're getting the right training.

Here is an Example to Help Illustrate the Difference:

When a Man attacks a Man, he wants his Money, or his Life.

When a Man attacks a Woman, he wants her Money, her Life, or her Body.

When it comes to women’s self-defense courses, most traditional schools lack the research and specialized training in how women are victimized. The courses fail to deal with space and boundary concepts in a realistic manner or the dynamics that often occur in sexual assaults.

You can see from the example above that women face the added threat of sexual assault when it comes to criminal violence. Because of that added threat, AZ Defensive Arts offers self-defense programs that are specifically designed for women. In fact, this is what sets us apart from other martial arts schools, or self-defense providers. Our programs are designed for women, and proven successful by women in real assault situations.

About Our Classes

Our self-defense classes are designed to provide a realistic scenario-based training environment that few can match. Instructors give you the most effective tactics and modern techniques presented in a controlled and safe environment. All of our classes are based on and use our "Adrenaline Response Training" system for self-defense training.

This training environment allows the student to feel the effects that adrenaline and stress can have on the mind and body. Once students have gone through their training, they can test just how effective they can be when using proper technique with full contact training against a padded assailant. This will also allow them to see what can happen when mistakes are made in a real life threatening situation. Overall, our is goal is to engrain the techniques into muscle memory, which enables the body to respond in an effective manner, even if the mind fails to recall the information.

Women's Self-Defense Classes We Offer

Total Control - Ground Defense

This is our most popular class and provides the best and most effective self-defense techniques that have been specifically designed for women in realistic sexual assault situations. Emphasis is on learning sexual assault defense techniques from the ground by defending your space to keep an attacker from gaining ultimate control. This class will also focus on escapes from Grabs, Holds, Chokes, Strangles, attacks from behind, Social distance awareness ... and much more.
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Class Cost: $125.00 for up to 4 people. $40.00 each additional person
Class Length: Typically 2 to 2-1/2 hours depending on class size.

Total Control - Standing Defense

This class is based on standing techniques required to defend holds, hugs, grabs, hair holds, chokes, punches and other related attacks that occur while standing. The defense strategy used in this class covers a very effective and easy to remember set of tactics to defend an attack. Topics also include distance awareness, avoidance and escapes with a focus on strikes, kicks and breakaway techniques. We also introduce you to the offensive tactics that can greatly increase your survival from an attack.

Class Cost: $125.00 for up to 4 people. $40.00 each additional person
Class Length: Typically 2 to 2-1/2 hours depending on class size.

Total Control - Weapons Defense

Defending Against weapons, or using impromptu weapons as part of your defense strategy can be overwhelming. In this course you will be exposed to strategies for defending yourself when an attacker is armed with a knife or a gun. What are your options when the bad guy is using a weapon as a tool of violence or intimidation? What options do you have to use an object that is around you to defend against a weapon? In this course you will learn strategies and options for both of these situations.

Class Cost: $95.00 for up to 4 people. $30.00 each additional person
Class Length: Typically 1 to 1-1/2 hours depending on class size.

Ultimate Control - Ground, Standing and Weapons Defense

This is our advanced class where we combine the BEST elements of our 3 Total Control classes and mix them into one amazing self-defense course. We cover defenses and escapes from the ground, standing and cover impact weapons, knives and handguns. Not only do we teach you to defend against a weapon, we teach you how to turn everyday items into an improvised weapon of defense. It stresses a strategy to enable you to end an attack or stop an attack long enough for help to arrive.

Class Cost: $195.00 for up to 4 people. $60.00 each additional person
Class Length: Typically 4 to 4-1/2 hours depending on class size.

Ultimate Control - College Prep 101

This is a great class for any girl who is getting ready to go off to college and also combines the BEST elements of our 3 Total Control classes. The main difference is that the strategies and techniques focus on the issues, problems and attacks that occur on our college campuses. Techniques are designed to help combat one of the most critical times on campus called the Red Zone. The Red Zone refers to the time when sexual assaults are most likely to occur on campuses nationwide. The Red Zone begins at the start of a school year and continues to approximately the first semester break. First-year female students are particularly vulnerable to sexual assault during the Red Zone because of the follow reasons;

 1. Unfamiliarity with the culture and geography of campus.
 2. Curiosity to test their new level of independence without parental constraints.
 3. Drinking as a way to be socially accepted and/or cope with feelings of insecurity and loneliness.
 4. Establishing new relationships with strangers and wondering whom to trust.
 5. Experiencing more peer pressure.

Class Cost: $195.00 for up to 4 people. $60.00 each additional person
Class Length: Typically 4 to 4-1/2 hours depending on class size.


1) A typical class runs 2 to 2-1/2 hours depending on the size of the class.

2) Wear comfortable workout clothing - something that allows you to move around freely.

3) Rate shown above is good for up to 4 people. Bring a couple friends and share the cost.

4) We provide mats and all the safety equipment to hold the class.

5) We can provide your class in a space as small as 4 foot by 8 foot.

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