American Women’s Self Defense Association

About Self-Defense


AWSDA's four-hour beginning self-defense class is designed to introduce students to the strategies, tactics, and techniques needed to win a possible life and death confrontation against a bigger, stronger, and committed attacker.  

A good self-defense program should teach you about situational awareness, assertiveness, powerful communication skills, and physical techniques that are easy to remember and easy to perform. A woman who is properly trained and has the mindset of a survivor can protect herself quite effectively.  Women who fight back against an attacker are actually able to successfully get away four times out of five.

Considering the high prevalence of sexual assault and domestic violence in our world today, many women don't seek out a self-defense program until after having been victimized, having a close call, or knowing someone who was assaulted.  Our classes are designed to help women increase not just their knowledge base, but their confidence in their own ability to keep themselves safe.  

Self-defense is an important priority for women; when a woman's safety is in jeopardy, defending herself physically is an ethically-sound choice.  We want women to know that they are worth defending, that they deserve to live a life free from violence, and that they have the skills to keep themselves safe.