Class Overview

Personal Safety and Self Defense for Seniors - Continuing Education at Seattle Central CollegeWould you like to feel more confident and safe walking around the city or going places at night?

As an older person, you can increase your sense of security and maintain your independence by learning a few tips, tricks, and skills to keep at bay those who might mean you harm.

Learn to recognize when someone is looking at you like a victim, how to evade and thwart their plans, and a few simple yet highly effective physical moves to surprise and stun your attacker.

EmPOWERment has never been more fun!

This is a great class to take with your friends and is designed for seniors, both men and women, though people of all ages are welcome.

Athletic prowess is not required!

Come prepared to challenge yourself and enjoy the self confidence you will gain.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will gain a basic understanding of personal safety and self-defense in order to:

  • Recognize “red flags” that someone may mean harm
  • Use their “exit strategy” skills to thwart intended harm
  • Use physical skills to disable an attacker and escape, if necessary
  • Seek support and appropriate self-care after an intended assault

Who Should Take this Class?

  • This class is for seniors who would like to continue having an engaged and active lifestyle

Video of Instructor Joanne Factor on King 5

Joanne discusses basic self-defense strategies such as establishing boundaries and being aware of your surroundings (begins around 50 seconds if you want to skip ahead) .

Student Testimonials

Our instructor Joanne Factor is a real expert in her field. It is obvious she has years and years of training, teaching and sharing her skills with the community. I found her to be very tactful and progressive in her teaching about rape. Her curriculum was well developed and the teaching materials she provided were clear and uncomplicated. It was also nice to be able to practice our skills/knowledge in each class (the repetition was helpful). I wish every female I know could take this class!


[I enjoyed] learning how to use physical defense skills, as well as learning how to avoid needing to do so. -- Julia Y


[I enjoyed the] multimedia engagement, combination of listening and active participation, very practical and real. -- Katrina Peterson


I really enjoyed the Mingle exercise and being able to practice with other classmates of different sizes and heights. -- Carolyn Maher

Session Details