Corporate Self Defence Courses

“The team really found it useful. They came back very pumped for action ? They wanted to say thank you for doing this for them as this is a great life skill to have. Thank you”

“it was very good, and it was actually a great team activity and very energising”

“It was a resounding success. Stefan was brilliant and we all found it very useful. We also really appreciated him doing two sessions in one morning so we could all go”

Staff at Kew Botanical Gardens


There’s a growing trend for companies to provide their employees with personal safety training in the workplace as part of their corporate well-being initiatives for their staff.

These courses are an excellent way for a company to demonstrate that it places the safety of its staff of the utmost importance and appreciates that success is only achieved through collective efforts. The courses also provide a great opportunity for team building and boosting company morale.

Premier Self Defence has a wealth of experience conducting workplace safety courses in London. Our extensive client list of blue-chip and SME clients includes:

Nomura International
ExxonMobil International
BP International
The Bank of England
British Petroleum
Southwark Council
British Airways London Eye
McArthur Glen

To learn of our success, please our school testimonials here and our corporate testimonials here.

Statistics to Take Notice Of

  • According to a report published by the Liberal Democrats,25% of all crimes committed in London is classified as a violent crime. 350 knife crimes are committed every day in England and Wales (source:British Crime Survey 2008).
  • The Public Accounts Committee found the number of 16-17-year olds carrying a knife has doubled in the last twenty years. A Sky News report (Oct 2008) reported that murders in England and Wales between April and June 2008, involving a knife, were up 28% from the year before. Assaults by grievous bodily harm with intent rose by 29% in the same period.
  • Londoners stand a 10% chance of being robbed or attacked – the highest risk factor anywhere in the country. 25% of women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime.The increase of drug rape/robbery is alarming in London. Thisaffects both men and women, though statistically four of five attackers will flee is faced with a victim who’ll fight back.

Uncommon Knowledge

Most men do not know how to defend themselves in the face of an assault and would benefit from taking part in corporate self-defence courses in London. Do your staff know how to fight back to prevent a serious assault, a rape or possibly save their own life if attacked?

In the face of alarming statistics, it seems logical to partake in a personal or corporate self-defence course. Not only will this course boost your confidence and self-esteem, knowing self-defence techniques may help you avoid serious injury – or save your life.

Public Perception

Knowing how to defend yourself is a vital skill that everyone should know.

Practicing sound safety habits and knowing how to fend off an assailant is, not just sensible, it’s integral to our personal safety. Research shows that 80% of people who fight back get out of a situation.

Our personal safety training for companies in London and personal safety courses are realistic with attendee ambitions. We focus on practical empowerment whilst promoting personal safety awareness and teaching participants the skills they need to manage a violent or dangerous situation. This instils attendee confidence in their capability of protecting themselves.

Below is a list of frequently asked questions. These have been gathered from general enquiries that have been asked of our workplace safety courses in London over the years.

If you have any other questions that are not answered below, please feel free to e-mail us on or telephone us on 07917 789308 (Dina) or 07950 337648 (Debi)


Q: What’s Covered during the Course?

A: Our self-defence courses are designed for the everyday person. All our courses cover personal safety awareness in your daily life as well as focusing on easy to remember and effective physical self-defence techniques.

The 3½ Hour Workshop Covers:

  • Personal safety talk and how to be safe in your daily life
  • Drug rape awareness: information on and avoidance of the alarming rise of drinks being spiked (this applies to both men and women – 11% of drug rape reports are made by men)
  • Identification of risk situations and avoidance
  • Teaching participants practical & highly effective self-defence skills
  • Identifying target areas on an attacker’s body
  • Victim mentality
  • Educate participants that they have choices when they are faced with an attack situation
  • Understanding the violent mind
  • Breakdown misconceptions of rape/violence
  • Build confidence in your own capabilities
  • Why verbal diffusion is so important


Q: Do you train men and women?

A: Yes, our workshops are open to both men and women. However, we prefer to teach these groups separately. This is done for a handful of reasons.

The patterns of attack tend to be different for males and females. Generally, any male attack is front-facing and invariably does not have a sexual motive. A female attack perpetrated by a man typically has a sexual motive and is from behind. Therefore, the types of defence techniques taught vary to deal with the different attack patterns.

In addition, women tend to feel more comfortable in a group with just women when subjects such as rape and sexual abuse are discussed.

Our self-defence workshops focus on inclusion. We have cultivated and open environment and encourage openness and participation. Our general public workshops in Kew Gardens normally have a nice mix of men, women and young adults.

Q: Is this a martial arts course?

A: No. Premier Self-Defence has designed their courses specifically with the everyday person in mind. We have grounded our courses in real life safety awareness concerns and real-life attack patterns. These we have studied over many years. Martial Arts is a sport and a way of life and thus is not always practical when it comes to realistic, effective, and easy to remember ‘street’ self-defence techniques.

Q: Is the training held in house?

A: Premier Self-Defence corporate self-defence courses in London will visit your place of work. Premier Self-Defence corporate self-defence courses in London are run in-house at times most suitable to your working environment. This flexible approach means our clients can book self-defence courses at a time to suit them.

Q: How much space is needed to train?

A: A space no bigger than an average sized meeting room. Some of our clients clear a small area in the office canteen. If your company does not have a small space like this then a local gym is often prepared to rent a small studio at reasonable prices.

Q: Does the company need any equipment?

A: Premier Self-Defence will provide all the necessary training equipment.

Q: Is there a min & max number of participants for a course?

A: We require a number of 20 participants at one of our corporate self-defence courses in London, and no higher than 40. This gives us ample opportunity to provide comprehensive teaching. Two instructors will be present if the numbers exceed 20.

Q: How much do the workshops cost?

A: Please email for information on costs.

Some of our corporate clients cover the entire cost for their staff. However, where companies do not have a large enough training budget they are entitled to a subsidised rate. In some cases, companies have even provided their staff with vouchers to attend our general public courses at our training venue in Kew Gardens where we hold weekend courses. This is typically done when attendee numbers are small.

Q: What is the duration of the course?

A: The workshop duration is 3 – 3.5 hours, depending on numbers attending. The workshop can be held in one session of 3 – 3.5 hours duration, or three sessions of 1.5 hours on consecutive weeks. This provides you with flexibility. However, where a course is not held in a one-off session there is a small cost added to cover multiple travels by trainers.

Q: What is your cancellation policy?

If you cancel a course more than 4 weeks before the workshop start date, we will refund the amount you have paid.

If you cancel within four weeks of the workshop start date, we will refund 50% of your payment.

If you cancel within 2 weeks of the workshop, we will refund 25% of your payment.

If you cancel less than 7 days before the date of your course, we do not offer a refund.

If we have to cancel a course:

Premier Self Defence reserves the right to cancel at any time prior to commencement due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient numbers. However, we will endeavour to ensure workshops are held on the committed dates.

If it’s entirely unfeasible for one of our corporate or workplace safety courses in London to go-ahead, we will notify you as soon as possible. Any fees received from you will be refunded. Alternatively, you have the option of transferring to the same workshop on an alternative date.

Q: How many workshop levels are there?

A: There are two levels. Each level is 3½ hours in duration and in a modular format. Each module is a separate and independent building block. Only one level needs to be booked at a time. The first is the introductory Level One. Upon completion, you can decide whether to introduce Level Two.

All Levels focus on general safety awareness and the reinforcement of good personal safety habits. The participants are encouraged to share their views, experiences and concerns. Therefore, the workshops are very scenario-based rather than run in the format of a lecture.

Level One is focused on the introduction and application of practical self-defence techniques and tools. Most participants will have had no previous knowledge or self-defence or safety awareness prior to taking the Level One course. Every participant will have the chance to practice all the techniques, often more than once.

Level Two reinforces the foundation techniques learnt in Level One. Level Two evolves the techniques acquired in Level One, with participants learning to apply the techniques with quicker response times and effectiveness.

Throughout the time we have run our corporate and personal safety training for companies in London, we have found that attendees are mostly concerned about the number of teenagers and adults that carry knives.

We introduce awareness and physical skills on knife defence and how to defend yourself should you have fallen to the ground in the Level Two Course. Level Two also focuses on building further confidence in the participants in the use of all the techniques and their ability to deal with verbal and physical aggression.

Q: Do you have to be fit to do the course?

A: You do not have to be fit or sporty. Self-defence training is a life skill and not a fitness or martial arts class.

Q: Are the instructors insured?

A: All our instructors are insured and have been police-checked. There will also be at least one instructor on the course that has a current First Aid certificate. Insurance details and police check information are available on request.

Q: Are you a member of an official body?

A: Yes, all our trainers are registered self-defence instructors with The Self-Defence Federation, a leading governing body of self-defence Instructors in the UK. Please go to our Press section on the website if you would to read what the head of the Self-Defence Federation Intl has to say about our Chief instructor and founder Debi Steven or click press to go there.

Q: Do you have any testimonials or press articles?

A: Yes, please go to our press section on the website or click here to go there.

Q: What are Premier Self-Defence’s contact details?

A: Our full contact details are on the contact section of the website or for ease of reference please e-mail us at, providing us with your company’s name, appropriate contact person, contact telephone number. We will gladly email a detailed proposal or please telephone us on 07917 789308 (Dina) or 07950 337648 (Debi).