Where to Find Self Defense Classes in Shanghai

Game on

by Ludovica D'Angiò | Fri, November 17, 2017

Punches, kicks, takedowns and lots of sweat will lead you to having the essential self-defense skills you need. With these self-defense classes, your confidence will definitely grow and you will eventually know how to fight back, if ever the need. Not only will martial arts classes train you physically, but also mentally! So put on those gloves and get your game faces on. 

Community Center Shanghai

Community Center

The classes the Center offers include: Taiji for adults, ladies' fit for fight, and two classes for kids: Karate and Kungfu. They all have self-defense purposes and the ladies' fit for fight class is taught by teacher Christine Moosherr who is a professional martial arts teacher with a 20 year experience in the field. 

When: Every Thursday, from 9am to 10am

Where: 1146 Biyun Rd, Tower A, 3rd Floor 

金桥 碧云路1146号A座3层 靠近黄杨路

Price: ¥900/six sessions

Minimum people per class: 2 

Maximum people per class: 12


Warzone Gym

Warzone is a Brazilian Jujitsu gym that's run by a professional Brazilian fighter with over 10 years of experience and, along with other specialized teachers, teaches various classes, including: boxing, wrestling, kickboxing, self defense, and more. They may have only been open for just under a year, but they've been ramping up the pace with many a membership already placed. What's more, Warzone will also soon be merging with Absolute MMA, Australia's biggest martial arts gym.

When: Everyday, 7pm

Where: Rm 2705, 58 Jiaozhou Lu,near Beijing Xi Lu

胶州路58弄2705号, 近北京西路

Price: Memberships start at ¥1000 for men and ¥600 for women

Rawee Martial Arts

Boxing Self Defense

This gym was named after Muay Thai fighter Manop Monkrathop (a.k.a Rawee) and was established by him here in Shanghai. They have classes of all kinds with the best equipment necessary. They offer self defense classes and workshops too.

Where: Building A, 68 Qinzhou Bei Lu, near Yishan Lu

钦州北路68号A号楼, 近宜山路

Price: You can book trial classes and they have family packages, corporate memberships and discounts for students and fighters.

Golden Gloves Boxing

Based in the heart of Jing'an district, this is a gym dedicated to boxing. They have a few professional boxers that attend the gym outside of class hours, making it a very famous boxing gym. They offer lady-only non-contact classes that are all about working out in a supportive environment. Kids classes are also available every Sunday for kids aged 7-10 and 11-14. 

Where: 4/F, Huaqi Building 969 Wuding Lu, near Jiaozhou Lu

武定路969号华棋大厦4楼, 近胶州路

Price: Memberships for: ¥8,288/12 months; ¥6,888/9 months; ¥5,588/6 months; ¥3,988/3 months

Private classes with personal trainers vary from ¥600 to ¥800 per month

Shanghai Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (SHBJJ)

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art. It teaches you how to control a resisting opponent, forcing him or her to submit. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu center in Shanghai offers Fundamental Classes, Advanced Classes, Competition Classes and Private Classes designed especially for those looking to learn or practice the major positions, attacks, and defenses of BJJ. 

When: Every day, depending on the class you chose to take.

Where: Multiple locations. 

Zhongshan Park Academy: Room 409, 201-209 Tianshan Lu, near Furongjiang Road

天山支路 201-209号409室, 近芙蓉江路

Price: Free trial available. They offer 10 different training packages. Options for three months, one year or even just a Day Pass. Discounts available for females, students or law enforcement personnel.

Shanghai Leung Sheung Wing Chun Student Organization

Karate Self Defense

Suitable for adults of all genders, sizes and athletic abilities, Wing Chun aims to use direct and simple movements in order to overcome a stronger opponent. They offer many different learning options, starting from workshops to regular classes and introductory classes. Self defense is one of their public topic workshops. Their martial arts teacher is David Davila who also does intensive seminars. 

When: Weekly regular classes

Where: 2 Yuyao Lu, near Jiaozhou Lu

余姚路2号, 近胶州路

Defence Lab China

Boxing Gloves

This is a global network of self defense and fitness facilities and has many other locations around the world. The aim to teach the scientific study of physical and mental aspects of reality combat and self defense. DLC also offers a class for kids, which is designed to teach children how to develop their physical and mental skills without the use of any violence. It helps them with their personal growth, with the motto that they can be whoever they want to.

When: Every day, you can also train online on their website. Membership options available.

Where: 1/F, Building 4, 135 Longcao Lu, near Caodong Zhi Lu

龙漕路135弄4号1楼, 近漕东支路

KO Basebody

This super colorful boxing gym is everything you can ask for. They are known for their "fight club in a nightclub" slogan, and you can also take private lessons. There's a whole load of boxers there that will keep you company on your workout journey.

Where: 1/F, 222 Xiangyang Nan Lu, near Fuxing Zhong Lu

襄阳南路222号1层, 近复兴中路

Price: Trial pass includes one KO flight class and KO circuit session for ¥160