Class Overview

Self-Defense 101 for Women | Seattle Central College - Continuing EducationResearch shows that anyone who has successfully defended themselves in an attack had a few things in common. They recognized the threatening situation quickly, clearly defended their boundaries, and used physical means when it was necessary. During this comprehensive self-defense course, learn to recognize potentially unsafe situations and protect yourself with confidence.

Discover the ploys and manipulation commonly used by attackers or people who seek to harm you. Learn and practice releases from common grabs. Discover how to use your body language and voice to deter attacks. Learn how you can assess risks to defuse, deescalate or evade before a physical assault ever happens.

This is a progressive skill-building course. 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?

  • Anyone who wishes to learn everyday personal safety and self-defense skills

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

"I really enjoyed this class. Thanks to Joanne I now feel more confident in myself. I enjoyed learning how to use physical defense skills, as well as learning how to avoid needing to do so." -- Julia Y

"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!"

"Even though our class was over zoom, the meetings with Joanne were really informative and important. I now can use my voice and body language to get out of situation I do not want to be in. I am confident because I now have plans, a ‚blueprint’, which will help me de-escalate potentially violent situations, set boundaries with family, friends and strangers and help people who are those situations."

"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

Instructor, Location & Fee

  • Instructor: Joanne Factor
  • Where: Online: Real-time and interactive through videoconferencing
  • Fee: $189
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