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Self-Defense for Women Richmond BC/Vancouver

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Not all women have the time to take up a martial art to learn self-defense (though many women keep telling themselves that they really should!). So we've put together this 2.5-hour 'Self-Defense for Busy Women' course held in Richmond BC in the Vancouver area to give you personal safety and awareness skills, as well as basic self-defense tools and concepts that you can learn and master quickly (and may even save your life!).

Not all courses teach the most important aspects of women's self-defense. Read 4 Common Problems with Women's Self-Defense Classes for more info. We teach using awareness & intuition, predator identification, and verbal strategies as being the first line of defense, while also teaching practical physical women's self-defense moves that use gross motor skills, making them easy to learn and use while under the adrenaline-filled, high stress context of an attack.

Self-Defense for Busy Women will teach you:
  • To use awareness, listen to your intuition and identify predatory behaviour.
  • How to perform verbal de-escalation
  • 6 practical strikes for self-defense, each of which can be learned in under 3 minutes
  • Fundamentals of the "Simple Hold Escape System"
  • Self-defense from the ground
  • How to react to an attack
  • How items in your personal surroundings can be used as "weapons of opportunity"
We offer our women's self-defense classes around once every 1-2 months, but may offer additional classes if there is enough demand. If our schedule doesn't work for you, you can also request to have this class run for a private group (minimum 6 students). Contact us for details.

This class is led by Lori O'Connell Sensei (5th degree black belt in Can-Ryu Jiu-Jitsu) with Chris Olson Sensei (3rd degree black belt in Can-ryu Jiu-jitsu, 1st degree in Shorinj Kan Jiu-jitsu.), assisting in the instruction. Women's self-defense students should wear clothes they feel comfortable moving in. Please arrive 10 minutes early to fill out a liability waiver.

Participation is limited to 16 women, ages 13 and up. Pre-registration for our women's self-defense class is required. Please note that girls under 19 will need to have a parent or guardian come in to sign a waiver. Sign up and pay online. If you wish to pay in person, contact us to arrange drop-off of your cash or cheque payment.

If you're looking for ongoing development in self-defense and fitness, check out our Adult Jiu-jitsu classes, which build on the practical physical skills taught in this class. Self-Defense for Busy Women participants have the new student admin fee waived (Value: $40) if they sign up for any ongoing training program offered at our dojo within 1 month.

Our Next Women's Self-Defense Classes

At this time, we are conducting group classes on request. Contact us for details.
*Come with friends and save!: You can now sign up with friends and family and automatically receive a discount when you register online. See the store for more details.
*50% OFF for former participants: Women who have taken this class can take it again within 1 year for extra practice or to join other friends and family members for 1/2 the original price. Please email us for details.

Women's Self-Defense in Richmond BC Near Vancouver

Our location is in Richmond, BC, close to the Knight Street bridge. It is easily commutable from Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Surrey, Delta, Ladner, and White Rock.