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Krav maga is one of the fastest growing self-defense training programs in the world, and for good reason. The official martial-arts system of the Israeli Defense Forces is based on the idea that anyone—no matter the size or physical build—can successfully defend their own life.

The certified instructors at Beach Cities Krav Maga are serious about helping students learn effective self-defense techniques. Aside from standard classes for adults and children, they teach specialized courses in women's self-defense and police and military defense. There are even fitness classes that use disciplines such as kickboxing as a jumping-off point for a punishing workout. At the spacious and functional facility, bags hang from the ceiling and mirrors line the walls, helping to keep students in proper form as they learn to punch, jab, and steal their opponents' noses.

16889 Beach Blvd
Huntington Beach,
CA
US

Over the years, sensei Todd Aimer and his instructors have earned belts in Kempo karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Having reached the upper echelons of their discipline, they now pass on their passion for martial arts with classes for adults and children alike. Adults can also take advantage of the center's fitness-themed martial-arts classes, punching and kicking their way to slimmer waistlines in Fight it Off fitness classes or getting special attention during one-on-one personal-training sessions. Aiming to help clients not only improve fitness, but also mind-body connections, instructors teach with the motto, "In order to be someone you've never been before, you need to do something you've never done before."

15751 Graham Street
Huntington Beach,
CA
US

The instructors at KBK Kickboxing guide groups through calorie-burning cardio workouts while teaching them to defend themselves with techniques such as knee strikes. Students hone skills using hanging punching bags, weights, and even realistic dummies mounted on stands. The lessons, along with boot-camp classes that are also offered at KBK Kickboxing, can improve mental well-being as well as physical fitness.

18291 Gothard St
Huntington Beach,
CA
US

Signature service: Dance classes and workshops
Established: 2010
Reservations/Appointments: Required
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2–5 hours
Pro Tip: We are beginner-friendly and have great instructors that will make your learning experience fun.

7667 Center Ave
Huntington Beach,
CA
US

The instructors at Waterworks Aquatics believe anyone can learn to swim, no matter their age. This belief drives each instructor-led session, accommodating everyone from babies as young as 3 months old who are just getting acquainted with the water, to older children learning more advanced strokes and adults learning to swim for the first time. The instructors focus on teaching stroke techniques that utilize muscle memory and rhythms that are easy to grasp, while cultivating a fun, relaxed environment to help reduce students' anxiety. They lead private, semiprivate, group, and Parent and Me lessons, all of which move at the pace of the swimmers' abilities. Beyond bestowing swimmers with efficient form, the lessons also help them stay safe in the water by teaching them how to control their breathing, reduce unnecessary movement, and stay completely still in the presence of pool krakens to avoid begin seen.

14401 Willow Ln
Huntington Beach,
CA
US

Having honed his kitesurfing skills off the beaches of Hawaii and Southern California, both places known for gusty winds and big waves, Daniel Andersson knows all of the ins and outs of the sport. He draws on nearly a decade of teaching experience as the head instructor of Zen Athletics, which also specializes in functional fitness and jeet kune do—Bruce Lee’s combat system. Before he even got into kitesurfing, Daniel mastered several martial arts, studying muay thai and Thai-style boxing at a very early age in Thailand. He brings all of this athletic expertise to bear in his lessons, which are kept private or semiprivate with four people or less to ensure each student gets individual attention.

Intersection of Pacific Coast Hwy. and Warner
Huntington Beach,
CA
US