Academy of Self Defense in Santa Clara offers top-notch self-defense training for all ages and fitness levels. The instructors are engaging, friendly, and genuine experts in their field. The gym provides a variety of classes, from Krav Maga to Muay Thai, all in a welcoming and clean environment. It's a place where everyone feels included, and the sense of community shines through every session.

The facility is well-maintained with a good air flow and quality equipment. Students not only gain physical and mental strength but also build confidence and camaraderie. Although parking can be tricky, the overall experience and the opportunity to learn practical self-defense make it well worth it.


  • Friendly and expert instructors
  • Variety of classes offered
  • Clean and well-maintained facility
  • Welcoming and community-oriented atmosphere
  • Suitable for all fitness levels and ages
  • Flexible class schedule and membership options
  • Encouraging and motivating environment
  • High-quality equipment
  • Good air flow in gym
  • Supportive staff and pro-shop with rental options


  • Tricky parking
  • Limited time slots for some classes
  • Inconsistent behavior from a few members

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This is a great program to learn each level with each segment explained in a manner that’s easy to follow. And Ev and James are fantastic in the way everything is explained.


Great people, environment and class choices. It's a Fully loaded gym and i love it!


Very good gym. Instructors are all invested in improving the students abilities.


I recently took a couple months off because of an injury (not sustained at ASD 😁) and upon my return Amit was accommodating and made me feel at home again instantly. I love this place! …


Hands down one of the best places to sweat! Friendly, clean, and very supportive coaches. Good for all levels


Everything about the gym makes it works-class. The coaches are positive, inspiring and encouraging for all students to build their confidence in self-defense. It's as if their goal is to train warriors! The staff. Is like family, the facility is very well-maintained and students are just so friendly!


I’ve been coming to ASD on/off for nearly a decade. I first would pop in for a month here or there whenever I was back home from traveling and didn’t want to get roped into a contract. I actually found the instructor then and some of the students to be a bit aggressive and rude. That was a decade ago and that guy is long gone.After I moved back to CA, I started at ASD and came for several years, including through my first pregnancy. I liked how easy going and friendly folks were— Gemma managed the office; she’s nice and easy going. Ev is the main Krav instructor; he’s super friendly, very funny and incredibly knowledgeable. Jivoni is hard on you, but he and James keep things light with their dancing :)I stopped 3yrs ago and just returned this month. I used to do the Pit, and some of the Fit classes, but I’ve most recently been enjoying Krav.Honestly, great gym, encouraging instructors and good vibes. Occasionally you run into another member or two who are not so kind or easy going, but there are far more awesome folks than not so awesome folks…


Practical training for self defense. Wonderful instructors that are really invested in helping you learn proper techniques. Everyone makes you feel welcome throughout the training. I was nervous at first since I had no background in self defense but they have created a wonderful learning environment where the teachers and students all help each other. Strongly recommend this place for self defense training and/or just a great workout!


After moving from the east bay to SJ, I was sad to have to find another Muay Thai gym. I've trialed different ones all around SJ, but decided to go with ASD. ASD has great vibes, great instructors, and a welcoming atmosphere. Cleanliness is also important to me. I like the class structure & the fact that I can get a good workout in from the Muay Thai class. All for a great membership price! Highly recommend! The only thing is the parking (tricky) and wished they had more time slots for MT


Best gym in terms of value and quality in the South Bay, if not the entire bay area. Fitness class truly targets people of all ages and fitness levels. You can get great physical and mental training while learning various self-defense techniques from great coaches. There’s also true sense of community and belonging.

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Except the peak hours, this place remains quite free or moderately crowded.

This business has a rating of 4.7-star.

This business has 12 reviews.

The address is: 3475 Woodward Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95054, United States .

The contact number is +1 408-844-8485

This service is listed under Self Defense School .

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