Women’s Self Defense Program

Members of Brock University’s Departments of  Recreation Services, and Campus Safety Services are pleased to offer self-defense classes.

What is self-defense?

The self-defense system we teach is a program of realistic, tactics, and techniques. It is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance while progressing to the basics of hands-on defense training.

We do not teach a martial arts program. The courses are taught by certified instructors from the Campus Safety Services and the Department of Recreation Services and provide you with a workbook/reference manual as well as hands-on tactics and techniques.

The manual outlines the entire physical defense program for reference and continuous personal growth. This system of self-defense is currently being taught at many Colleges and Universities across Canada and the United States.  The main reason this program is so widely accepted is primarily due to the ease, simplicity, and effectiveness of our tactics, solid research, and unique teaching methodology.

This system is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault, by utilizing easy, effective, and proven self-defense tactics. The system of realistic defense will provide a woman with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance.

Why teach self-defense?

  • FACT – Approximately 85%+ of sexual assault victims knew their assailant.
  • With over 3,500 instructors certified and nearly 160,000 women trained internationally, this system is one of the largest and fastest-growing self-defense programs for women and children taught in the Secondary & Post Secondary Environment.
  • The curriculum is taught at over 400 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada and is the only self-defense program ever to be endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).

Course Description

The Brock self-defense course is a minimum of 9 hours or (12 hours with simulation) in length. Classes are FREE of charge to female Brock students, staff, and faculty. Registration is done through Brock Sports, there will be a $25 refundable charge to hold your spot, this will be returned upon completion of the course. 

  • Part-1 of the course deals with preventive strategies you can apply in your daily routine (traveling, coming to school or work, going out, being at home, etc.).
  • Part-2 of the course consists of learning the techniques and releasing your inner badger strength, gaining confidence in your ability as you demonstrate the techniques on Impact Targets and shields.
  • Part-3 Releasing stress and anger never felt so good!  In the afternoon, after a review of the techniques taught in the morning, one instructor puts on the “aggressor suit” and becomes the “attacker.” Only if you are comfortable and are willing/able, you also put on protective gear and experience simulated encounters to practice your newly acquired self-defense techniques under more realistic conditions. You can again hit hard because the suit protects the “attacker”.

Registration fees

FREE for Brock University students, staff and faculty members.

Stay tuned for Spring 2024 Class dates.