Corporate Self Defence Courses

There is a growing trend in companies providing their employees with personal safety training in the workplace as part of their corporate well-being initiatives for their staff. What a fantastic way for a company to show that it appreciates its staff and cares for their welfare. The course also provides a great opportunity for team building and boosting company morale.

We have conducted personal safety/self defence training at many blue chip corporate companies as well as courses for smaller businesses. A few of our clients are:

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

Please have a look at our “client” list and “testimonials” for further information

Did you know?

According to a report published by the Liberal Democrats: 1 in 4 crimes committed in London is a violent crime i.e. 25%
350 knife crimes are committed every day in England and Wales (British Crime Survey 2008)
The Public Accounts Committee found the number of 16-17 year olds carrying a knife has doubled sincr 1998
According to a Sky News report (Oct 2008) murders in England and Wales between April and June 2008, involving a knife, were up 28% on last year.
Assaults by grevious bodily harm with intent rose by 29% in the same period
Londoners stand a 1 in 10 chance of being robbed or attacked – the highest risk in the country
1 out of 4 women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime.
The increase of drug rape/robbery is alarming in London this effects both men & women.
Statistically 4 out of 5 women who fight back get out of a situation!
Men feel equally insecure about their safety as it is a myth men know how to fight back
Do your staff know how to fight back to prevent a serious assault, a rape or possibly save their own life if attacked?
Are they confident in their capabilities?
Would they not be hugely appreciative if their employer arranged a self-defence course in house?

People around the world are often heard to say: “I wouldn’t know what to do, I am not a fighter. If someone attacked me I will give in and pray I come out with as little harm as possible to myself and hopefully I am still alive.” The reality is that most people have this view not because they cannot defend themselves but because they do not know how to defend themselves or they have poor safety awareness habits.

Research shows that 80% of people who fight back get out of a situation! The courses we offer are therefore very realistic. Consequently, our courses are unlike many other self-defence courses offered as we focus on the practical empowerment of providing participants with general personal safety awareness as well as the tools to deal with a violent or an abusive situation. Individuals leave our courses feeling they have grown in confidence and their capability to protect themselves.

We have set out, below, an easy to use Frequently Asked Question list which we hope will answer all your questions such as: What does a course cost? What does the course cover? How much space do we need? Etc. 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 is covered in 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 & safety in your daily life
Drug Rape Awareness- information on and avoidance of the alarming rise of drinks being spiked to rob or sexually assault individuals (this applies to both men and women, 11% of drug rape reports are made by men)
Identification of risk situations and avoidance
Weeble® information (our exciting new multifunctional personal safety aid)
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, we teach both women and men together. However, when requested we can teach these groups separately and this is done for a couple of reasons. Firstly the patterns of attack tend to be different for males and females: Generally when a male is attacked the attack is usually from the front and invariably does not have a sexual motive compared to an attack on a female by a man which is often from behind and often has a sexual motive. Thus the types of defence techniques taught vary in order to deal with the different attack patterns. Secondly, women tend to feel more comfortable in a group with just women when subjects such as rape and sexual abuse are discussed.

Our general public workshops in Kew Gardens are normally a nice mix of men and women

However, if a group of men has a small group of women who wish to join the course and vice versa we can can discuss tailoring the course. Ideally though the groups should be taught separately.

Q: Is this a martial arts course?

A: No, Premier Self-Defence has designed their courses specifically with the everyday person in mind. We base our course content on real life safety awareness concerns and real life attack patterns that 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 will come in and teach at your company. The workshops are usually run during office hours starting first thing in the morning and finishing by lunchtime or starting at lunchtime and ending at around 5:00 o’clock. In some instances we have started workshops in the afternoon and ended them in the early evening. Thus we are flexible so as to accommodate the most suitable time for your company.

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. We will be happy to help you find such a venue close to your offices should this be necessary.

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 for a course?

A: There is no minimum number but we have a maximum of 40 per session. Two instructors wil be present at each course.

Q: How much do the workshops cost?

Please email dinachristy@ 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 have still offered the course in company time but have subsidised the cost. In some cases companies, where the numbers are small, have even provided their staff with vouchers to attend our general public courses at our training venue in Kew Gardens where we hold courses on weekends.

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.

It is not possible to refund any cancellation made less than 7 days made prior to course start date.

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 and if this is not possible, we will do our best to notify you as soon as possible and 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 three levels. Each level is 3½ hours in duration and in modular format. Each module is a separate and independent building block. Only one level needs to be booked at a time. Introduce Level One first, after which you can decide whether to introduce Level Two & Three.

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. Thus the workshops are very scenario based rather than in lecture format.

Level One is focussed on the introduction and application of practical self-defence techniques and tools which most participants will have had no previous knowledge of prior to taking the Level One course. Each tool is introduced with participants learning their application by working together with partners. After a set of tools is taught, the tools are then put together and applied in “real life” attack situations, as each participant must access the tools they have learnt in order to get out of a given situation.

Level Two reinforces the foundation tools & techniques learnt in Level One. Level Two then goes further with participants learning to apply the techniques with quicker response times and effectiveness. Most people are concerned about the number of teenagers and adults that carry knives, we introduce awareness and physical skills on knife defence 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.

Level Three will refresh and reinforce all the tools & techniques learnt so far in Levels One & Two as well as build further on the increased confidence gained in the previous Levels. However, the difference with Level Three is that participants are taken out into open environments as well as common places of attack such as lifts, alleyways, parks etc. where technique us and application is put to a more realistic test. We also introduce knife attack scenarios in Level Three, If the above is not practical for the clients we then adjust the Level Three course to a “weapons workshop” which covers all aspects of weapon defence

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 is 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 web site 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 web site or click “press” 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 school name, appropriate contact person, contact telephone number and postal address and we will gladly send out a detailed proposal or please telephone us on 07917 789308 (Dina) or 07950 337648 (Debi)