'The session is really helpful as I’ve learned many self-defence combat skills, which are not only practical but also suitable for beginners'
'The session also enhanced my awareness towards potential dangers as I used to listen to music and check my phone while walking'
Also, the instructors are all very patient and encouraging, making me feel confident about myself!'
- UCL Workshop (2023)
'I have personal experience of an abusive relationship and unwanted attention and confrontation in the aftermath of it.
Oddly enough this wasn’t the reason I attended the “fight like a girl” workshop; a friend invited me and I thought it sounded interesting. I didn’t give it much thought at the time. However when I listened to Della I identified straight away with her experience and her views and I couldn’t believe the possibility of learning skills to protect myself had never occurred to me before.
I am not sporty or particularly fit, and I shy away from a lot of physical activities as I don’t think I’m much good! But none of this mattered - Della and Jon and their team created a safe, comfortable environment where I felt very relaxed and keen to give it a go. We listened, watched, practiced and enjoyed ourselves. There was plenty of help and encouragement on hand and I was amazed how much we fit into the 3 hours.
We came away feeling accomplished, happy and a bit more confident, and looking forward to the next session.
I would wholeheartedly encourage any woman to try this. It turned out to be a very healthy and positive step on a journey of recovery for me and I’m very grateful to have been introduced to it.'
- Wolverhampton Workshop (2021)
'My goal in attending self-defence class was to learn new skills that I could not learn elsewhere, that would get me out of the basic 'freeze/fight/flight' options, which were very limiting. This course achieved this in bucket-loads and then some. I have never done any contact sports or learnt any fitness skills that would give me the confidence to physically protect myself. I have learnt so much on this course and the trainers ensured that we learnt skills in a way that was comfortable for us and so easy to take in the information. It is a practical course, where you learn mind strategies and physical moves to protect yourself. I found the women on the course eager to learn but respectful of each other's space. The trainers were also very good at encouraging us but also giving us the space to practice slowly and build up if needed. I have a whole tool kit of skills now that will give me a lot more confidence if I every need to use them. It is really energising to learn a new skill and to physically move your body in a new way. This is the only course I have come across that gives women a realistic set of self-defence tools that energises and increases your confidence. It also doubles up as a fun workout - my abs are glowing after the mat work session! This is a great course, on several levels - get to know how resourceful your body can be by doing this course'
- Helen - Dulwich July 2023 5 week self defence class
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