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Self-Defense Classes for Women, Men and First Responders

If you're looking for adult self-defense classes that will teach you practical skills and techniques to help you defend yourself against a stronger, larger attacker, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training is perfect for you! At Vitor Shaolin Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, professionally trained and experienced instructors will teach you correct physical and tactical self-defense techniques in a supportive environment that promotes goal setting, perseverance, and achievement. We teach only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, allowing you to focus on perfecting your skills in this useful and effective form of self-defense. The expert instructors at VSBJJA have helped hundreds of men and women, including first responders, learn self-defense skills while increasing their level of physical fitness and improving their self-confidence, focus, and critical thinking skills.

Self-Defense Training for First Responders

Officer, fire fighter, paramedic or other type of first responder, you can find yourself in need of a way to safely and effectively subdue an assailant. Learning the self-defense techniques emphasized in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will provide you with the ability to force an opponent to submit through the exclusive use of specific balance, movement and leverage techniques.

World Champion Instruction

Every self-defense class at VSBJJ Academy is led by one of our 6-degree black belt world champion instructors, all of whom stress the importance of proper self-defense technique at every skill level. Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro, a six-time world champion, teaches classes at VSBJJA daily in our clean, spacious Scotch Plains facility. Our self-defense classes are designed to allow beginners to join right in and start learning without feeling intimidated while meeting more advanced BJJ students at their current level and helping them advance their skills. Our expert martial-arts instructors teach an assortment of skill-specific classes that you're sure to enjoy:

Women's Self-Defense

Women Age 15+

Learn practical and important self-defense techniques in this class that's great for women of all ages, including teens and college-aged girls. Build self-awareness and increase your strength while developing self-defense skills that will help you feel safer. Learn from six-time world champion Vitor Shaolin, a Valente Brothers certified self-defense instructor. Shaolin teaches practical techniques that give you a chance to escape an encounter by fighting back, surprising your attacker, and giving yourself a means of escape.

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Fight Foundations

Men and Women Age 15+

Learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu self-defense techniques that can be used to overcome a stronger, larger attacker from Valente Brothers certified self-defense instructor and six-time world champion Vitor Shaolin. Become more self-aware, increase your strength, and develop self-defense skills that you can use not only in friendly competition but in real-life encounters with an attacker.

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Benefits of BJJ Self-Defense Classes for Women and Men

Vitor Shaolin has been sharing the many benefits of BJJ with men and women, including first responders, since 2013:

Feel Safer

Mastering BJJ techniques that will help you to overpower a larger and stronger attacker and becoming more self-aware will go a long way to make you feel safer. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the most practical self-defense martial art and is particularly useful when an attacker knocks you off your feet.

Have Fun While Getting a Great Workout

Learning the engaging and dynamic martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a fantastic way for women and men of all ages to get an amazing cardiovascular workout; improve their core strength, flexibility and coordination; and have a great time.

Make New Friends

Expand your network of friends and become part of a supportive community while working with your BJJ classmates to perfect new self-defense skills.

Manage Stress

Coping with everyday stressors is easier when you focus your thoughts on learning BJJ self-defense techniques and burn off pent-up energy on the mat.

Increase Focus and Self-discipline

You'll improve your ability to focus and gain self-discipline through the structure of BJJ classes and the concentration required to master self-defense techniques.

Improve Problem-Solving Skills

Your problem-solving and critical thinking skills will improve when you consistently practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu self-defense techniques and strategizing.

Increase Self-confidence

Your self-confidence will improve as you learn self-defense skills, increase your fitness level, improve your problem-solving abilities, and make new friends.

Why Choose Vitor Shaolin BJJ Academy for Self-Defense Training?

Men and women consistently recommend VSBJJA to their friends for expert self-defense training, our clean and welcoming studio, and much more:

Self-Defense Instruction from a Certified Expert

Unlike other martial arts schools, all of our self-defense classes are taught by a Valente Brothers certified self-defense instructor. Vitor Shaolin has been professionally trained to teach you self-defense techniques safely and correctly.

Focused Only on Focused Only on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

To help you become proficient in the most effective form of self-defense, we teach only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at VSBJJA.

Clean, Spacious Facility

Your health and safety are very important to us, so we keep our BJJ studio clean and ensure it meets all safety standards.

Family Atmosphere

Family-owned and operated, VSBJJA is a supportive, family-like atmosphere where students help and encourage one another.

Free Trial Class or Early Start Program

It's easy to get started in self-defense training at VSBJJA with a one commitment-free trial class, or two classes for only $29.

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Learn from the Best!

Vitor Shaolin BJJ Academy has a proven history of helping men and women in the Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Mountainside, New Providence, North Plainfield, Plainfield, Scotch Plains, Springfield, Summit, Watchung, and Westfield, NJ area feel safer and more confident through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu self-defense training. Adults of all ages and genders, including first responders, enjoy the many benefits of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!

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Sign up for a FREE CLASS or our EASY START TRIAL PROGRAM by calling us at 551-556-3338 or visiting our clean, spacious, easily accessible studio at 1985 US-22 in Scotch Plains.

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