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 5 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 (2nd 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.