Self Defense Classes and Workshops

Self defense and martial arts are two different things. A short course on the basics of self defense is absolutely vital for people of all walks of life. Learn more then contact us below or call 206-789-2411 anytime.

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Self Defense Classes

Specialty Self Defense Classes For Women and Groups

If you were a regular member from the very first day at MKG Martial Arts you will be improving your ability to defend yourself. 

However, some people and organizations have a pressing self-defense need and we offer occasional workshops, seminars and classes in self defense. Our state of the art self defense techniques combine with awareness and avoidance drills to form the base of these classes.

Most workshops are focused on self defense for women but we happily conduct specialty courses that include men, for college or high school students and we are proudly supportive of our LGBTQIA friends and community.

Learn more or get details on the next scheduled workshop below.

MKG also offers corporate training

On-site and off-site specialty courses are offered to businesses, church groups, security professionals, probation officers, health care workers, apartment buildings and a wide variety of groups have brought us to their venue to teach self defense. Classes have been held for as short as 45 minutes and as long as 2 days.  

Our clients include Microsoft, Facebook, Nordstroms, and others.

Self Defense at Microsoft

Primary Focus of Self Defense Workshops

MKG Seattle’s Women's Self Defense Program strives to develop the ability for women and girls to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to A) Keep themselves out of harm’s way and B) Defend themselves during a violent encounter.

The primary focus of the workshop is to develop a woman’s ability to detect potential danger and avoid it. The secondary focus is embedding the physical skills needed to survive a physical attack.

The MKG method employs techniques that are easy to perform under stress, are not pain or repetition based and have a proven track record.


Gled D

Google Review

MKG is not a gym, it is a martial arts school. You can get a work out and hit or kick a heavy bag anywhere. But if you really want to LEARN martial arts and immerse yourself in multiple art forms, then you owe it to yourself to give MKG a try. I took my first Phase/Mixed Arts class at MKG about 8 years ago and have been enrolled at the school since. I consider the students and instructors at MKG some of my dearest friends, more like a part of my extended family. The sense of community is second to none.


Bruce S

Google Review

I have been training at MKG for 5 years now, and continue to be impressed with the quality of martial arts instruction. The instructors are awesome, your training partners are enthusiastic, and the training facilities are top notch. Plus, it's one of the few schools in the country that teaches savate. Seriously, if you want to train in martial arts, come check out MKG.


Google Review

MKG is an amazing place to train, I never felt better than when I was training there. The people are incredible, and I only felt self concious for the first few days of class, after that I felt like I belonged. Everyone is easy to talk to, and the trainers are all great people. I recommend it for anyone either trying to get into shape, or learn martial arts. It's a great place to train.

Corrine B...

Yelp Review

I've NEVER had so much fun working out. And working out was my original intention for starting martial arts classes but I didn't know I would enjoy learning about the different types of arts they teach. I started only going to two classes a week but now do 6 classes a week.


Lonnie N...

Yelp Review

I've moved around a lot in my life, and since I've been a life-long martial artist, this means I have trained in a lot of different schools. I've been at MKG since April of 2012, and have to say that I have never trained at a finer martial arts educational institution.


Tim P...

Yelp Review

There are no egos at MKG, I sense that the instructors and advanced students place the needs of the beginning and intermediate students above their own. MKG also host some of the world's foremost instructors who teach seminars on the weekends; there is so much going on its hard to keep track of it all.



Specialty Women's Self Defense Classes and Workshops

Essentially we have 5 options for self defense training for individuals, businesses, corporations and community organizations:

  1. FREE 1 & 1/2 Hour Intro to Self Defense at MKG Seattle. (15 minimum)  We do these as community service when requested and when our instructors and/or facility is available. Just inquire!
  2. 1 & 1/2 Hour Intro to Self Defense at your location (paid by host typically at hourly rate including travel time and expenses)
  3. Full 6-10 Hour Basic Self Defense Course (paid by attendee typically at MKG)
  4. Custom Course addressing topics you’re interested in and that we’re qualified to teach.
  5. Regular classes if your interest in martial art is broader than self defense

KOMO-TV Self Defense Story Featuring MKG Seattle

This KOMO 4 news story features footage of our self defense course as well as an interview with one of our students who successfully defended herself against a carjacking/abduction attempt.

Be sure to request information and we'll let you know as our next workshops are scheduled.  We do not offer seminars on a fixed schedule so it is important to request a workshop or ask to be put on the mailing list.  This can be done by using the form below, calling 206-641-9854 or emailing us at

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