Building Situational Awareness & Self-Defense Skills (Women Ages 13+)

In this class participants will explore a variety of situational awareness strategies to better help boost confidence and build their safety toolbox. Those attending will be offered practical tips for avoiding and managing potential emergency situations (and are welcome to share/brainstorm specific techniques that have been proven to work based on experience).

We will also explore some fresh introductory level self-defense techniques [to accommodate and extend learning for those who have attended classes with us in the past]…always keeping in mind that there can be lots of variables involved, including context, size and experience level.

  • ALL levels welcome!
  • Guardians are encouraged to participate, but may also sit and watch instead if child is 13 years old or older and it is preferred not to simply drop them off. Teens often attend with  friends minus adults too.

To be held in Hillsdale at Southwest Portland Martial Arts. Visit our website for a detailed map; storefront faces Cheltenham Street. Please park on Cheltenham Street as possible.

Format = First hour physical drills and games (all accessible, scalable, and optional).                                                                      Final 15 minutes to half-hour = Q&A centered on debriefing, brainstorming safety solutions & sharing concerns.

*The Q&A portion is open to adult conversation.

If not comfortable having your teen in attendance for the Q&A, please be sure to communicate that this is the case! We can easily work with you to remove them from class at a set time.

Lead teacher: Sifu Wally Jones, head instructor of Southwest Portland Martial Arts

The cost is $15/20 per person, depending on your budget. Fee waivers also available by written request:

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