Self-Defense for You

 12-Hour Self-Defense Courses

12-Hour Self-Defense Course Fees

Next Course: January Intensive

Friday, January 19th, 6-9 PM

Sat & Sun, Jan 20 & 21st, 1:30 – 6:00 PM

Open to all genders ages 12+

$150 – $200, Scholarship assistance available

These in-depth courses are 12 hours, and are offered in a variety of formats, all consisting of multiple sessions of 3 or 4 hours each. Each session, students have the opportunity to practice physical skills, awareness skills, verbal skills, and social skills that will enhance their safety in a variety of situations both with strangers, and people they know.

Specific topics include:

  • Peaceful conflict resolution
  • Dealing with harassment
  • Recognizing red flags in intimate relationships
  • Defending yourself against a physical or sexual assault
  • Facing an armed assailant
  • Releases from grabs
  • Fighting from the ground
  • Intervening safely when others are the target of violence

Course Schedule


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    Self-Defense and Bystander Intervention Workshops

    Since late 2016, Thousand Waves has begun offering periodic free bystander intervention and self-defense workshops.  Though our self-defense workshops all cover bystander intervention, these 3-hour workshops place a special focus on using our self-defense skills on behalf of others.  We will continue scheduling these workshops at our Center as long as demand stays high.  To ensure continued high interest, we are scheduling them one at a time.  Check back often to see when the next Bystander Intervention and Self-Defense workshop will be scheduled, or sign up for our newsletter!

    Empowerment Self-Defense Workshops

    These short workshops are designed to provide an overview of self-defense and provide practical skills for dealing with emergency situations as well as everyday annoyances.


      Inquiries about courses and workshops please contact:

      Amy L. E. Jones, LSW – Violence Prevention and Self-Defense Program Manager

      Email: / Phone: 773-472-7663