Yes, everyone complains that the world is an unsafe place. And yes, we quite agree. But while the revolution bubbles and change takes its own course, we suggest you take matters into your own hands when it comes to self-preservation. From good old karate and kickboxing to the more intense Israeli Krav Maga and Brazilian Capoeira, here’s where LBB reckons you should get fighting fit, quite literally.

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BadAzz Krav Maga

If you want to kick some serious butt, BadAzz Krav Maga is where you should sign-up. Following the scientific, effective, no-rules system of self-defence originally developed by the Israeli Defence Forces. At Badazz, your guru will be Franklin Joseph who is the CEO Of Indian Institute of Special Tactics And Combat Science, so you’re really training with the best. Learn brutal counter-attacks, understand how psychology plays a role in gaining advantage and overcome your fears. It’s all about threat neutralisation and controlling aggression, this one.

Price: INR 1,399 upwards per month

Indian Combat Sports Academy

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Not the session for you to faff about at, the guys at the Indian Combat Sports Academy take things quite seriously. Touted to be the first mixed martial arts gym in South India, they are the pioneers of teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in India. The focus in on MMA, kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu and wrestling, and you can rest assured you’ll get fit in addition to learning a host of skills to use as self-defence. Bring it on!

Where: Studio 55, 2nd Floor, UCO Bank Building, Opposite Bilal Masjid / Beside Total Gas Station, Bannerghatta Main Road and B9, GEF Block, 1st Main, West of Chord Road, Rajajinagar – Basaweshwarnagar.

Price: INR 3,000 per month

Fitness Fight Club

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Remember Chumbawamba’s Tubthumping, we’re convinced the Fitness Fight Club commissioned that song. They really knock you down, and teach you to get back up again. Be it Muay Thai, boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, MMA or unarmed combat, led by Austin Prakash the entire team is all about technique, mind games and just getting you to focus on developing your own style based on your reflexes and strengths.

Price: Depends on your fitness levels, post an evaluation session


Expect intense karate sessions which will ensure you improve your fitness while learning some stellar self-defence moves too. You’ll become faster, stronger and will learn to tap into your reflexes when needed the most. Plus, your endurance will reach levels you didn’t think it could.

Where: #633, 3rd/4th floor 4th Cross, 100 ft Road, 3rd Block Koramangala

Price: INR 2,000 per month

Royal Kickboxing Academy

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Designed for kids and adults, this one really focuses on getting you out of a sticky situation. Blending Jui Jitsu and Krav Maga, you’re also conditioned mentally to take on potential threats or assaults. There’s even karate, kickboxing, Muay Thai, Taekwondo and Jiu Jitsu on offer in their MMA session. So up your game when it comes to punching, defending, attacking and knocking out your opponent, be it in the ring or on the streets.

Price: INR 3,000 upwards

Cult – The Workout Station

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From MMA and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to Muay Thai and boxing, you’ll turn into a machine at Cult – The Workout Station. Trained to push limits, to understand your own flaws and work to eliminate them, you really get into the spirit of controlled fighting here.

Price: INR 4,000 upwards per month

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Not quite a self-defence class but rather one inspired by it, the Les Mills BodyCombat classes here will teach you’re the techniques of fighting. Be it strikes, punches, kicks or katas the sessions weave in techniques from karate, taekwondo, boxing, Muay Thai, Capoeira and Kung Fu. So while you have a really good cardiovascular workout, you really will be quite ready to throw a punch, if needed.

Price: INR 5,000 upwards per month

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