Trauma-Informed Self-Defense in Stillwater, Minnesota

Self-defense for every day life

Gain self-confidence through self-defense and fitness training in a trauma-informed environment
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Self-defense can be intimidating. We are here to empower you along the way.

Judgment free

You deserve safety, no matter your age, gender identity, or fitness level.

Everyone is welcome

Our staff and members believe in creating a friendly environment for people at all fitness levels.

Every person deserves to feel safe.
We can help you gain the confidence you need.

Krav Maga

Krav Maga is self-defense developed to help people of all fitness levels learn how to defend themselves from common attacks on the street using their natural reactions.
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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu emphasizes getting an opponent to the ground in order to utilize ground fighting techniques and submission holds involving joint-locks and chokeholds.
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Firearms Training

Anxious around guns? Our firearms instructor is prepared to help you work through your fear and make you feel as comfortable as possible.
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Whether you're looking for cardio kickboxing that uses self-defense moves, you want to take part in a musically-inspired drumstick workout, or you want to stretch out with yoga, we have a class available for you.
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Trauma-Informed Self Defense

We understand that certain moves and techniques can sometimes be empowering and sometimes be traumatic, depending on where you are in your journey of healing. At Valley Self-Defense, all of our instructors have been trained in trauma-informed care by a local educator.

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What Is Adaptive Self-Defense?

What is adaptive self-defense? Here's how we can teach you to defend yourself, no matter your ability or how you move through the world.

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Come meet our community! Not ready yet? You're also welcome to message our instructors for a meeting so that you're comfortable if and when you step on the mat.

Find a plan that works for you:

Whether that's in-person group classes or individual private lessons, we can accommodate your needs.

Gain confidence to live your life

Getting fit is hard; staying fit is harder. We're here to ensure you build healthy habits and systems that keep you on the right track.

Trusted and Loved By Hundreds of Self-Defense Students

Every person shows up in different ways and we have options for learning, no matter your comfort level

Weekend Classes

Women Only Classes

LGBTQ+ Only Classes

Private Lessons

Valley Self-Defense

Our community is what makes us special. And it's what will keep you going

You are welcome. No matter your age, your gender identity, your physical fitness your mobility, or what you've experienced - there is a place for you at Valley Self-Defense.

Our community is more than just our students, but also our neighbors. From holiday events to blood drives, movie nights to narcan training, from virtual happy hours to trunk or treat, our goal is to be more than just a gym, but a place where people can come together.

Located next to Stillwater Auto Clinic

Working out at the gym isn't easy. But getting there shouldn't be hard. Valley Self-Defense is located and and is easily accessible from 36 and 94 in Stillwater, Minnesota.

12430 55th Street, Oak Park Heights, MN 55082
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We're here to help you walk in peace. Empower yourself today!

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