Our mission is to empower women with effective, relevant training in situational and physical self-defense. Relevant situational self-defense training covers awareness measures, dealing with street harassment, and tactics used by acquaintances to perpetrate assaults. Relevant physical self-defense training means a focus on defending and escaping the most common physical attacks on women.
Our strategy for empowering women with effective, relevant training in situational and physical self-defense is to provide a coherent women’s self-defense curriculum to martial arts schools, police departments, colleges, and community organizations. The Warrior Women Self-Defense curriculum has two formats, a 90-minute seminar appropriate for all women and girls age 10+, and an 8-hour comprehensive self-defense workshop appropriate for all women and girls 12+.
The curriculum for each format includes a PowerPoint presentation, an instructor guide, and a student guide. Co-branding for your organization can be added upon request at no extra charge.
The Warrior Women self-defense program was developed in response to a void of women’s self-defense training that addresses the realities of violence against women. Warrior Women self-defense classes educate women the dynamics of asocial and social violence against women, including harassment, rape, robbery, abduction, and confidant assaults.
Warrior Women self-defense classes are designed to improve women’s self-defense mentality with:
- Knowledge of predator tactics
- Threat awareness and preparedness
- Verbal confrontation and boundary management skills
- More confidence and improved self-esteem
- Physical self-defense techniques
The physical self-defense techniques included in the Warrior Women curriculum are based on the most common attacks on women. The techniques have been carefully selected from numerous martial arts disciplines for their effectiveness and their ease of learning.
Warrior Women Self-Defense classes and workshops are led by women. Strong female role models are an important aspect of instilling a healthy self-defense mentality. Each class has a male co-instructor with qualifying martial arts rank to provide realistic practice to help ensure participants can escape a real attack.
Why Every Woman Should Train in Self-Defense
Women who participate in women’s self-defense classes learn how to be more assertive and better stand up for themselves, which in and of itself makes them less likely to be victimized. When women learn to recognize and avoid risky situations and how to stop coercive behavior before it escalates, they can better avoid a physical confrontation. If there is a physical confrontation, women who have trained in self-defense are far likely to escape successfully, and escape without injury.
Numerous credible studies document the benefits of women’s self-defense training. One survey of 60,000 women who participated in self-defense classes found that attendees were less likely to be assaulted (98.3% assault-free), more likely to successfully de-escalate threatening situations to avoid a physical confrontation (78.35% of those threatened with assault), and if assaulted, are able to successfully fight off their attacker (97%).
Many studies, including those by Ullman & Knight (2007), Reekie & Wilson (1993), and Kleck & Tark (2005), show that women who respond with verbal and physical and verbal resistance to a violent attack significantly reduce the probability that a rape would be completed. German commissioner Susanne Paul examined 522 cases of sexual assaults in the 1990s and found that fighting back had an 85% success rate. Irène Zeilinger, director of the NGO Garance, found that fighting back has a 90% success rate. Furthermore, the Kleck & Tark study found that tactics that are ambiguous and not forceful such as stalling, cooperating, pleading and screaming from pain or fear actually increase the risk of injury. Fighting back actually reduces the likelihood of injury.