Think self-defense is kicking and punching? Think again. Self-Defense is not the same as taking classes in martial arts. (Although as a martial artist, I’m a big fan of keeping healthy with martial arts.) Self-Defense is really about learning the skills you need to take care of yourself in a difficult situation. Those skills might be staying aware, or speaking up for yourself, or using a big loud voice, or running away. In fact, physical "fighting" is only a last resort.
All of my Self-defense classes and workshops are designed using the Empowerment Model, which includes the 5 Fingers of Self-Defense:
- Think--use your mind and awareness before a situation begins
- Yell--use your voice--speak up for yourself, or defuse a situation
- Run--find the avenues of escape
- Fight--only as a last resort, and only if you have to
- Tell--get help, tell your story, start the healing process
Self-Defense and empowerment is for everyone!
I teach basic verbal and physical skills that most people can do--even when you are stressed out or afraid. You don't have to be an athlete either.
I’ve taught self-defense skills to
- senior citizens
- people with special needs
- people with intellectual disabilities
- deaf teens
- trauma survivors and those with PTSD
People of all ages, shapes and physical condition have the right to live, work and play in safety.
Upcoming Self-Defense Workshops
Personal Safety and Self-Defense
Check back here for the next workshop
This will be a short, intro to the basic principles of Safety. With fun activities as well as simple physical skills that anyone can use with strangers as well as people they know.
Cost: $45 per person
Location: Wadsworth Village, Putnam Barn, in the Energy Inspired Fitness Studio
Class size is limited so pre-registration is required
Schedule a class for you and your group
Want to create a class for you or your group? Let me know what you want. I can design a workshop from 3 - 16 hours that is sure to meet your needs.
Workshops start at $75 per person for a 3 hour class—minimum of 6 students.
Contact me for more information.
"I attended 6 self defense classes. During these I was extremely impressed by her skills. All classes were well prepared and there was a good balance between talking, practice and evaluation." — Class Participant
"Jo taught us self-defense moves, but also made us aware of how to protect our personal space, which I thought was very important, because the boundaries can be a grey area. She also taught us to be aware of potentially threatening situations and how you could detect danger by following your instinct, meanwhile keeping your eyes and ears open." — Class Participant
"Jo taught the class with a lot of enthusiasm, she has the gift of grabbing and keeping a class' attention and teaching the subject in a way that won't let you forget easily what you learned." — Class Participant