Women's Self Defence Workshop

Saturday 25 March 2023, 14:00–18:00.

This is an indoor course at The Charteris Centre, open to all women aged 16 and up.


The Charteris Centre, Edinburgh


Saturday 25th March, 14:00–18:00


£60 / £30 concessions

Women's Self Defence Workshop - March 2023

This workshop will be a mix of physical and non-physical training, expect about 50/50 of each. We will look at sharpening our skills for spotting potential threats and taking action to avoid or prevent physical violence if possible. And we will work on how to use physical force to break away when we don't have other options. Our goal is for women to leave feeling empowered and more confident in their own strength and abilities.

Some of the topics we will cover include:

  • Situational awareness
  • Boundary setting
  • Talk about different strategies and instinctive responses, including the freeze response.
  • How to generate power and aim for vulnerable points
  • Defending against strikes
  • Dealing with grabs and holds

Teaching the workshop will be Linn Haraldsvik, KMG Expert Level 2 and Head Instructor at Rencounter, and Dan Trailescu, Black Belt in Aikido and Conflict Communication Instructor. Both are certified Women’s Self Defence Instructors with #500 Rising.

No questions asked concession. We want to make this workshop accessible to as many as possible who need these skills. We hope that if you can afford to pay the full price that you will support the work that we do.

Equipment requirements

You don’t need any equipment to take part: wear clothes that you are comfortable to move around in, and bring a bottle of water.

500 Rising logo

This workshop is taught in conjunction with 500 Rising.

Any profits from this workshop go toward the further education of Women's Self Defence instructors through the organisation 500 Rising, with the aim of reaching more women with self defence training made specifically for the realities of the kind of violence and abuse that women more commonly face.

Place and dates

The Charteris Centre, 138/140 Pleasance, Edinburgh

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