Frequently Asked Questions


Why should I learn self defense?

Unfortunately, violent attacks can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Even “safe” neighborhoods have crime. So no matter how safe you may feel, the chance of someone attacking you is real. Be prepared just in case it does happen to you.

Research has proven that without training, your ability to defend yourself decreases when your body goes into the “fight or flight” mode during a threatening situation. Self Defense Classes help you learn effective self defense techniques and increase your confidence in your ability to use those techniques.

What should I wear to class?

Wear casual clothing that you can move in. We recommend tennis shoes or similar close-toed shoes (no flip flops, sandals, heels, etc.). For outdoor classes, please dress for the weather.

Note: If you are scheduled for a class through your work (your workplace set up a training class for employees to be safer on the job), we recommend you wear the same type of clothing that you wear on the job. 

Do you teach martial arts in your defense classes?

No. We do not teach any martial arts.  Our defensive techniques are easy-to-learn and they work.

How "physical" are the classes?

Our intro and Level One Simply Safer Self Defense Classes involve both lecture and technique practice. Our Break and Escape classes involve technique practice. The techniques are easy to learn and do not involve any "wrestling" or floor work. You will remain on your feet. Our Aware Today - Alive Tomorrow classes do not include any techniques.

What should I bring to class?

All Classes: We recommend bringing a water bottle or other hydrating liquid (No alcohol).
Defensive Tools Classes: Knives, kubotans and/or pens that you carry for self defense.
Handgun Classes: Handgun (if applicable), ammo and possibly a lunch. Check your confirmation email for specifics on what to bring. Or contact us, if you're not sure.

Do I need any previous experience?

No previous experience is needed for our "Simply Safer" Condensed (aka First Step) and Level One classes, or for our "Just in Case" classes. We also have basic pistol classes that need no previous experience.

Can I take Level Two (advanced) Classes without taking Level One Classes?

Typically, no. However, we may make exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Contact us to see if you qualify.

How do I sign up for a class?

Click here to be taken to our class registration page. Links to register for individual classes are located there. If the class you want to take isn’t listed on our registration page, contact us and we’ll be happy to set up a class for you.

Can you hold classes at my work site,club, church, etc.?

Yes we can. Please contact us with your request. We can work with you to set this up.

Will there be any items for sale at your classes?

What is your cancellation policy?

Yes. We will have pepper spray and kubatons for sale at reasonable prices. We may also have other various defensive tools available, depending on our inventory.

For classes scheduled through Community Educations, the cancellation policy will follow the specific cancellation policies of the Community Eds. Four our own classes, we ask for at least 24 hours notice if you must cancel. You can also have someone come in your place.