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Self Defense 101 for Women  

Research shows that women who have been successful defending themselves quickly were able to recognize a threatening situation and enforce their boundaries, using physical means if necessary. Join this comprehensive self-defense course for women to learn how to recognize potentially unsafe situations and protect yourself with confidence. In this class, you will learn and practice:

  • Assessing your risks, and planing around them
  • Recognizing the signs that will let you defuse, deescalate or evade before a physical assault ever happens
  • Understanding the connections between awareness, real threats and your media environment
  • Using your voice and body language with impact
  • Releases from common grabs and decisive strikes to vital targets
  • How to recognize assailant ploys and manipulations and how to thwart them

This is a progressive skill-building course. Learn the most basic elements early on, and practice them in later drills. In between each session, you'll have time to practice your moves and become more comfortable with them. The first sessions will focus more on physical skills: strikes to vulnerable targets, releases from grabs, body language, and using your voice. Later sessions will put your new skills in various contexts, look more at setting boundaries, and different verbal strategies to control uncomfortable situations. Finally, you will learn to recognize domestic violence, and how to get help if you (or someone you know) are in an abusive relationship. Each class is complemented by extra enrichment activities (some call it "homework") -- what you get out of your time in class will be greatly enhanced by just a small amount of time spent practicing between classes.

Come prepared to challenge yourself and enjoy the self confidence you will gain!

Learning Outcomes

Participants will gain a basic understanding of personal safety and self-defense in order to:

  • Recognize “red flags” that someone may mean harm
  • Use their “exit strategy” skills to thwart intended harm
  • Use physical skills to disable an attacker and escape, if necessary
  • Seek support and appropriate self-care after an intended assault

Who Should Take this Class?

  • This class is for women and older teen girls who want to learn everyday personal safety and self-defense skills


Self Defense 101 for Women
Item: 5815    Joanne Factor
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM   Online
Sessions: 6 Th   Room: Online, , WA
4/22/2021 - 5/27/2021   Fee: $199.00

Please visit for Online Class Participation Agreement for Self Defense 101 for Women before the start date.

This is a real-time interactive online course. You will use a real-time interactive conference tool to connect with your instructor and classmates throughout the quarter. The instruction and information about course access will be provided by the instructor. A portion of this course may be recorded for shared learning and review during this course only, and any recordings will be deleted after the end of the quarter. A personal computer with camera and microphone is required. Learn self-defense techniques from the comfort of your own home!
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