Self Defense Madison, WI:

Reality Based Self-Defense Classes Combined With
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To those who want to be ALWAYS Prepared, NEVER Intimidated:

My name’s Alex, and I’m the Owner of Journey Jiu Jitsu in Madison, WI. Our Self Defense Madison Classes have two goals:

If you’re like so many of the people who have come through our modern self defense program, there’s a good chance that…

Don’t be Fooled by FAKE

While most schools claim to teach “Reality-Based” techniques, they only focus at most 5-10% of their curriculum around ground techniques. This is hazardous considering 9/10 fights end up on the ground and stay there.

Journey Self Defense Madison teaches classes with no illusions about this. You’ll learn the TESTED standing and the ground techniques that ACTUALLY prepare you for the reality and chaos of a real fight.

Supreme Confidence, Focus, and Discipline

When you know how to handle yourself in any situation, you develop the kind of confidence and body language that tells people: DON’T MESS WITH ME. Plus, you’ll feel great knowing you can stand up for yourself and your family no matter what happens. You’ll get exactly that with our self defense classes in Madison, WI

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Burn Fat & Build Strength While Having FUN

Are you training hard but finding it impossible to build muscle and burn fat?  Some people come to our Self-Defense Madison classes just for the fitness results.

Why? Because your entire body gets fit and athletic while burning hundreds of calories per session. 

That’s because our combatives program leaves no muscle on your body behind. Your abs, arms, and legs all get stronger, leaner, and more sculpted – and the best part is… you’re having a blast the whole time!

Beginners are our

Never thrown a kick or a punch in your life? No martial arts background whatsoever? Perfect, you’ll fit right in. In fact, 90% of our members were total beginners when they first came to our self defense madison classes. Madison, WI is a great community and our instructors will give you support, kindness, and help through every step of your training.

Beginner & Family Friendly Environment

Journey BJJ is NOT a macho MMA school of athletes trying to crush each other. We are community Moms, Dads, Professionals, and Tradesmen in the Madison Area who are trying to achieve their self-defense and fitness goals. Students will always be encouraged to go at your own pace and comfort level, with online videos and resources to compliment your training.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Business professionals looking to take things up a notch
  • Adults who want a FUN way to get back in shape or learn self-defense
  • Those looking to relieve stress after work
  • Military or Law Enforcement officers looking to add new skills and upgrade their training
  • Non-Madison Area residents (commute > 30 minutes to the gym)
  • College students with a heavy class loads and changing priorities
  • Professionals with heavy/frequent travel
  • Individuals unable to attend at least 2 classes a per week (on average) Here's the schedule.

Our drop in per class fee for self defense madison classes is $25, however, we often run an online-only special for our introductory program. If you decide to sign up after the intro program, you can decide if you want to jump into a longer-term program. We have several different programs and multiple ways to fit every budget, and we go over those in detail when we meet you for the orientation.

  • Krav Maga borrows techniques from other martial arts like Karate, Judo, Jiu Jitsu, and Kickboxing, but the problem with Krav Maga and any similar self defense system is that there is only a handful few ground techniques/escapes taught.

    This is not realistic as 9/10 fights end up on the ground. Our combatives self-defense program based in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu without the uniform. We focus heavily on ground grappling and will make sure you can defend yourself both on your feet and on the ground.

  • Our self defense classes are a full-body work out. The exercise involved may challenge you at first, but we’ll always encourage you to go at your own pace 🙂 So you may get a little bit sore at first, but the exercise should never cause injury or health issues.

Not at all! Many of our current combatives self defense students NEVER did any kind of sports or martial arts prior to joining. Now, they’re in better shape than most of their friends. So if you’re not in shape or athletic, don’t worry – we’ll get you there in no time.

Although any physical activity carries risk of injury…
We almost NEVER see any injuries in our self defense madison classes. We guide you through the perfect way to do each technique and provide special instruction to help students avoid injury.

Plus, you go at your own pace. That way you don’t force your body to do anything that promotes risk of injury.  

  • We’ve got a small staff and we like to stay organized 🙂 In order to insure that there’s someone to answer your questions when you show up, please let us know when you’re coming by calling 608-416-1140. Otherwise, we cannot ensure you’ll be helped and you may not be able to get into a class that day.

Who’s Teaching your Self Defense Madison Classes?

Are Self Defense Madison Classes Held Near Me?

Our classes for combatives self defense are located on the west side of Madison, WI. Only a short driving distance from Fitchburg, Middleton, and Verona, WI. Our address is:
3214 Kinglsey Way, Madison, WI 53713, USA 
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Alex Andreev

Owner, Journey BJJ

“My promise: If within 30 days of signing up for one of our programs you decide Journey Jiu Jitsu Madison Academy classes are NOT the right fit for you, just shoot us an e-mail and I’ll personally refund 100% of your money.”

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