Self-defense Classes for Kids in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Looking for a place your child can go to learn some skills? Check out one of these spots in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor that offer self-defense classes for kids.

Teacher helping child with a self-defense pose

Are you concerned with the rise of bullying and what you can help your child do about it? Unfortunately, it has become more common recently.

“Between 1 in 4 and 1 in 3 students in the United States report being bullied at school, according to the National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics,” says Psychology Today.

It is important for parents to talk to their children about what to do in situations like this and how to handle them. Although Michigan has laws against bullying, it still happens.

Concerned parents are wondering what they should tell their kids to say or do in those types of situations. Self-defense classes are a good way to give your children the confidence they need to handle themselves.

Check out the list below for self-defense classes for kids in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor.

Birmingham Martial Arts

  • Address: 2219 Cole St., Birmingham
  • Phone: 248-646-6608
  • Hours: 4-8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 4-7:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Contact for details

Classes for kids include Tae Kwon Do (ages 6-plus) and Power Rangers (ages 4-5). Will focus on self-esteem, respect, fitness, focus and discipline.

Bushido Martial Arts

  • Address: 33801 32 Mile Road, Richmond
  • Phone: 586-727-3381
  • Hours: 1-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 1-7 p.m. Friday and 9-11 a.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Start with into program $19 for 2 private lessons and a uniform. After that, it’s $150/month per person. (2nd person added is $100, 3rd person added is $50, no change for extra people after that). Monthly price includes belt fees, private lessons, make up classes, success newsletter, more.

Kids 4-12 years old will develop confidence and the ability to defend themselves. Classes will also focus on good manners, listening skills and self-discipline.

Butoku Karate Dojo

  • Address: 52900 Garfield Road, Macomb Township
  • Phone: 586-416-3656
  • Hours: 4-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 4-7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Contact for details

“Lil Dragons” is for kids Pre-K thru Second grade and the youth karate program is for ages 7-14.

Champion Martial Arts

  • Address: 32588 Warren Road, Westland
  • Phone: 734-338-8050
  • Hours: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Friday; 9-10:45 a.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Contact for details

This family friendly Tae Kwon Do school offers classes individually (as young as 4 years old) or together with parents and/or siblings. Offers family rates, too.

Detroit Martial Arts Institute

  • Address: 13030 W. Seven Mile Road, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-416-7000
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-3 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: 3-5 year old “Little dragons” $136/month- train twice a week, above 5-years-old $165/month for the 1st month $110/month after that, $61/month for Saturday self-defense classes, after school program $100/week – martial art classes included in that (train 3 days/week).

Offers kid and adult karate instruction. Has classes for autistic and ADHD students, an after-school program with transportation, private lessons and camps.

Family Karate Academy

  • Address: 45575 Mound Road, Shelby Township
  • Phone: 586-939-1111
  • Hours: noon-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-3 p.m. Saturday (appointment only)
  • Cost: Contact for details

Children class are ages 3 1/2-11 years old and teen/adult classes are ages 12-plus. Preschool kids will learn basic skills such as perseverance, self-control, high-goal setting, positive mental attitude and confidence. Parents can join a class with their child for free.

Farmington Martial Arts

  • Address: 24105 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington
  • Phone: 248-474-0700
  • Hours: noon-8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, noon-9 p.m. Wednesday, noon-7 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday
  • Cost: Contact for details

Your son or daughter will have fun, while learning important skills like self-defense, character development, discipline, focus, respect and more.

Fresh Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

  • Address: 22520 Greater Mack Ave., St. Clair Shores
  • Phone: 313-307-4638
  • Hours: 6-9 p.m. Monday, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Twice a week $100/month

Classes will help kids deal with peer pressure, bullies and self-respect.

Fuse Martial Arts

  • Address: 37527 Harper Ave., Clinton Township
  • Phone: 248-508-7401
  • Hours: Noon-8:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 7-8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Contact for details

This school offers Muay Thai, all things Striking, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA. It also prepares kids to deal with bullies.

Krav Maga Detroit

  • Address: 950 W. Maple Road, Suite D, Troy
  • Phone: 248-688-9501
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 6 a.m.-8.p.m Tuesday, 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and 8-9:30 a.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $29/week for unlimited access to kids’ classes

Kids will learn how to defend themselves from bullies and conflict resolution skills. They’ll improve their strength and athleticism, too. Their classes are perfect for students of all ages and experience levels.

Macomb Martial Arts

  • Address: 50786 Romeo Plank Road, Macomb
  • Phone: 586-226-0508
  • Hours: 4-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 4-8 p.m. Friday and noon-3 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Contact for details

Offers karate for kids 4-plus. Has a fun and engaging curriculum for your child and will teach him/her effective ways to stand up for themselves. Will also improve listening skills, self-discipline and building confidence.

Mada Krav Maga & Jiu Jitsu

  • Address: 48796 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby
  • Phone: 586-838-1466
  • Hours: 5:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday, 9:30 a.m.-11:50 Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Contact for details

Kids can take Jiu Jitsu or Krav Maga classes at this establishment. They will learn courage, knowledge and discipline. First class is free.

Mejishi Martial Arts

  • Address: 247 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale
  • Phone: 248-542-5371
  • Hours: Contact for details
  • Cost: $35/month (once a week), $60/month (twice a week), $160-$165/quarter. Family rates are available.

Karate classes start here at age 4. Older kids’ classes teach them how to handle attackers and bullies. Helps them to set physical and mental goals for themselves.

New Edge Martial Arts

  • Address: 23413 Greater Mack Ave., St. Clair Shores
  • Phone: 586-204-3387
  • Hours: 5-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Saturday 9-11 a.m.
  • Cost: Contact for details

Helps students of all ages develop physically and mentally. They will learn self-respect, self-confidence, respect for others, cooperation skills and discipline.

New Way Martial Arts Academy

  • Address: 48075 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Township
  • Phone: 586-801-9991
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Kids’ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu $100/month, Kids’ Boxing & Kids’ Kudo $100/month, Kids’ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kudo & Boxing $150/month and Family Unlimited Plan $300/month

Kids’ Kudo/Karate classes start at age 4. The first class is free. Kids’ karate classes are for ages 4-10. Family karate classes are for students 10-plus.

PKSA Karate

  • Locations:
    • Allen Park: 6848 Allen Road; 313-928-0302
    • Ann Arbor: 2841 Boardwalk; 734-214-0801
    • Bloomfield: 165 E. Square Lake Road; 248-444-4836
    • Brighton: 10049 E. Grand River Ave., Suite 300A; 810-227-0064
    • Clarkston: 7137 Dixie Highway; 248-895-2619
    • Davison: 219 Main St.; 810-653-9984
    • Dearborn: 23946 Michigan Ave.; 313-673-3506
    • Detroit: 3627C Cass Ave.; 313-757-2749
    • Flat Rock: 27383 Telegraph Road; 734-931-0199
    • Garden City: 6315 Middlebelt Road; 734-522-7718
    • Livonia: 27500 W. Seven Mile Road; 313-539-4274
    • Macomb Township: 47120 Romeo Plank Road; 586-596-1556
    • Northville: 15081 Northville Road; 734-392-7575
    • Novi: 40500 Grand River; 248-987-6112
    • Oxford: 925 N. Lapeer Road, Suite 244; 248-236-0340
    • Rochester Hills: 910 S. Rochester Road; 248-326-4743
    • Royal Oak: 4304 S. Rochester Road; 248-295-4110
    • Saline: 707 W. Michigan Ave.; 734-775-4187
    • Clair Shores: 31380 Harper Ave.; 586-871-5751
    • Taylor: 24415 Eureka Road; 734-624-4409
    • Trenton: 2628 W. Jefferson Ave.; 734-675-7572
  • Hours: Vary by location
  • Cost: Contact location for prices

Classes begin for kids at the preschool age. The programs teach fine and gross motor skills, listening positions, life skills, discipline, more.

Prestige Martial Arts

  • Address: 3289 Rochester Road, Troy
  • Phone: 248-687-8641
  • Hours: 3-7 p.m. Monday, 4-7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 4-6:30 p.m. Friday and 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $49-$175/month

Their goal is to live by the Black Belt lifestyle and help kids to be stronger physically, mentally, socially and emotionally. Classes start at the age of 3 and go all the way up to teenage years.

Pro Martial Arts – Canton

  • Address: 44948 Ford Road, Canton
  • Phone: 734-459-4000
  • Hours: 4-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 4-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 9-11 a.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Contact for details

“Little Rhinos” is for preschoolers ages 3-5 and basic classes for kids ages 5-12 and for teens 13-17.

Pro Martial Arts – Lake Orion

  • Address: 201 N. Park Blvd., Lake Orion
  • Phone: 248-690-9186
  • Hours: 4-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $89-$159/month. Prices vary based on age and how often they come. Sibling discounts available, too

Kids’ martial arts classes start here at the age of 3. The classes focus on the basics and incorporate teamwork, confidence, manners and self-control through fun activities and games.

RHAMMA Krav Maga

  • Address: 1050 W. Hamlin Road, Rochester
  • Phone: 248-804-6637
  • Hours: 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 4-9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday
  • Cost: Contact for details

Krav Dragons are ages 3-5, where little ones will learn how to follow directions, discipline, self-control and physical fitness. Kids’ classes are ages 6-13 and kids will advance to the adult program when they’re ready.

Rochester School of Martial Arts

  • Address: 511 N. Main St., Rochester
  • Phone: 248-601-5600
  • Hours: Contact for details
  • Cost: Contact for details

Striking and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes are available for age 6 and up.

Sidekicks Martial Arts Studio, Inc.

  • Address: 21617 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores
  • Phone: 586-779-5425
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and 9-11:30 a.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Contact for details

Offers traditional martial arts for ages 3 and up, Krav Maga for ages 13 and up and Kickboxing for ages 13 and up. Also has mixed-ages classes for families who want to train together.

TNT Martial Arts

  • Address: 206 S. Main, Romeo
  • Phone: 586-752-7000
  • Hours: 5-8:30 p.m. Monday, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9-11 a.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $98/12 weeks

Offers Lions, Tigers & Bears karate classes for young children ages 4-8. Boys and girls will learn physical and character skills such as agility, balance, teamwork, confidence and much more.

Troy Martial Arts

  • Address: 1881 South Blvd West, Troy
  • Phone: 248-828-4360
  • Hours: 4:30-8 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • Cost: Specials always happening for the first 4 weeks ($19-$89), $100/month for unlimited classes after that

Offers self-defense and Taekwondo classes for ages 5-plus. Family classes are available, as well.

True Martial Arts 

  • Address: 6363 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield
  • Phone: 248-706-0000
  • Hours: Contact for details
  • Cost: Contact for details

Students at this Oakland County studio will learn the importance of respect and perseverance, along with self-discipline and self-defense, all while developing confidence. Find karate, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, kickboxing, Tai Chi and more for kids, teens and adults. Krav Maga, too.

School of Martial Arts

  • Address: 28927 Woodward Ave., Berkley
  • Phone: 248-542-5630
  • Hours: 1-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 1-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Cost: Contact for details

Open seven days a week. Measures their students not only by rank, but also by how their lives have improved. Reduce stress, increase concentration and raise confidence in their students.

X-Martial Arts

  • Address: 45693 Hayes Road, Shelby Township
  • Phone: 586-800-4463
  • Hours: 3:30-7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • Cost: Contact for details

Helps your child build rock solid confidence and laser sharp focus. Trainings will teach self-respect and respect of others.

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