Self Defence Courses for Schools, Colleges & Universities

Why is self-defence so important?

The safety of your students is the number one priority for all schools and colleges. Today, knowledge is very much power and with this in mind, being accustomed to good personal safety awareness, coupled with simple yet effective and easy to remember physical self-defence technique is essential.  Our self-defence course for schools in London does exactly this, focusing on both the physical techniques as well as fine-tuning students’ overall general personal safety awareness.

The reality of self-defence is that you do not need to be either a martial arts expert or sporty but simply learn the basics. Our self-defence courses available for schools in London, are well structured and teach simple but extremely effective techniques that can reduce the risk of serious injury from an attacker, greatly increasing the odds of preventing a rape, abduction and even possibly save your life.

Do enough people know how to defend themselves properly?

It is fair to say; these days a vast proportion of the population would not know how to defend themselves. That is not to say that they couldn’t defend themselves but rather, they have poor safety awareness habits in an attacker situation. Unless you have been taught the basic self-defence techniques, it is more than likely a victim will react to a situation instantaneously either freeze in fear or panic. Avoidance of dangerous situations is hugely important for one’s overall safety, with physical self-defence being the last option but, an important final element for your overall personal safety capability. It is lessons such as these that are vital and why we are trying to encourage as many people as possible to sign up for our self-defence course for schools in London.

How our course differs from other self-defence courses?

Research shows that a large percentage of people who fight back get out of a situation! Our self-defence courses for schools in London are very realistic. Consequently, our courses are different to most courses out there as we focus more on the practical empowerment of youngsters and adults providing them 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.

Press articles and testimonials

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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? How does the school or college arrange a course? 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 does the course cover?

A: Our self-defence courses for schools in London are designed for the everyday person. Dependent on the age group being taught, we modify the course accordingly in terms of the general content. However, all courses cover personal safety awareness in one’s daily life, as well as focusing on easy to remember and effective physical self-defence techniques.

The self-defence courses are ideal for schools in London to explain to young adults at college or school, the importance of child self-protection and child personal safety awareness skills.

Q.What is the level one course?

A. Level one is a four-hour workshop that focuses on:

  • Avoidance
  • Escape
  • Verbal diffusion
  • Highly effective self-defence technique training


Q.What does the level one course cover?

A. The level one self-defence course taught to schools in London will include:

  • Personal safety talk and safety in students daily life
  • Verbal Diffusions
  • Drug Rape Awareness (this will be modified for the younger groups)
  • Identification of risk situations and avoidance
  • Information on our new multifunctional personal safety aid (Weeble)
  • Teaching participants practical and highly effective self-defence skills
  • Identifying target areas on an attacker’s body
  • Victim Mentality
  • Educate participants that they have a choice in attack situations
  • Understanding the violent mind
  • Breakdown misconceptions of rape/violence
  • Build confidence in students own capabilities
  • Information and avoidance of drinks being spiked with the motive to rob or sexually assault individuals

Level one essentially focuses on the introduction and application of practical self-defence techniques or tools which most participants will have had no previous knowledge of prior to taking our self-defence 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.

Q.How many workshop levels are there?

A. There are three levels in total. Each level of the self-defence course will take four hours to complete. It is not compulsory for students to complete all three levels but we recommend that they do, as the more one trains ones physical self-defence techniques and the more ones personal safety awareness is reinforced, the better.

All levels focus on general safety awareness and the reinforcement of good personal safety habits. This information cannot be repeated and reinforced enough. This part of the course is tailor-made for each age group as although there are commonalities between the groups in terms of personal safety awareness there are certainly differences as influenced by the lifestyle, maturity and vulnerability of the different age groups. The participants are encouraged to share their views, experiences and concerns. Thus the workshops are very scenario based rather than in lecture format.

Q.What do level 2 & 3 cover more specifically?

A. Level two: Reinforces the techniques learnt during level one but goes a step further with participants learning to apply the techniques with quicker response times and effectiveness.

Our self-defence courses for London schools are very effective. It is evident as the student’s progress through the levels, that they gain more confidence in their ability to defend themselves. Level two will work on increasing the student’s confidence in using the techniques they have learnt and their ability to deal with verbal and physical aggression. Verbal diffusion is discussed in depth in this workshop and the participants practice their skills in various scenarios. Level two will also see an introduction to awareness and skills on knife defence.

Level three: Level three is offered as a refresher course. As time goes by, skills taught can fade because of lack of usage. The Refresher course allows students the opportunity to practice the physical self defence skills taught in the Level One and Two course.

Q.Is the self-defence course a martial arts course?

A. No – we designed our courses specifically with the everyday student in mind basing course content on real-life safety awareness concerns and real-life attack patterns that we have studied over many years. Martial Arts, on the contrary, is a sport and way of life. It is therefore not always practical when it comes to realistic, effective and easy to remember self-defence techniques for the average everyday student.

Q. How long is a workshop?

A. Our self-defence classes taught in schools in London are made up on three levels. Each level takes 4 hours to complete. Ideally, this should be taught in one session or two 2-hour sessions, however, we can be flexible and classes can take place in the day, afternoon or even weekends depending on when it is more convenient for the school or college.

Q.How many students are in a workshop?

A. We require a minimum of 20 students per session. The course is partially designed around role-play between partners thus this minimum number is set in order to facilitate this approach.

Q.Do you train both girls/women and boys/men?

A. Yes, however, we teach the groups separately when possible 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 invariantly does not have a sexual motive. In comparison to an attack on a female by a man which is often from behind and often does involve a sexual motive. Thus, the types of defence techniques taught do vary in order to deal with different attack patterns. Secondly, keeping male and female group separate can make people feel more comfortable when talking about the more distressing issues such as rape and sexual abuse.

Q.What age group do you teach?

A. We teach self-defence to schools in London and therefore our workshops are for pupil’s ages 10-14 years and 15 upwards. The age groups are split in this way as the course content varies slightly between the different age groups as we take into account the independence levels, the lifestyle of the different age groups and maturity of the students.

Q. Where has Premier Self-Defence taught at before?

A. We have taught self-defence to a number of schools in London, including:

  • Caterham School
  • Godolphin and Latymer School
  • St Alban’s High School – Hertfordshire
  • Queen’s Gate School – Knightsbridge
  • More House School – – South Kensington
  • Harrodian School
  • Hampton Community College
  • Harrow College
  • The Queen’s School (Kew)
  • Richmond College
  • Royal College of Music
  • St David’s School
  • Sir William Perkins’s School
  • Vineyard School
  • West Thames College
  • Woldingham School
  • Latymer Upper
  • Michael Faraday School – Southwark
  • St Peters School – Southwark
  • The Lady Eleanor Holles School – Hampton
  • Goodenough College – London
  • The German School – Richmond
  • Croydon High School – Croydon
  • Milbourne Lodge School – Esher


Q. What is the cost of a workshop?

A.The cost is £42.00 per student. We have a minimum fee of £840.00

Q. What is the cancellation policy?

  • If you wish to cancel or reschedule a workshop for which you are registered, please let us know as soon as possible so we can attempt to fill your vacancy. We are unable to offer refunds for late cancellations or non-attendance.
  • If you have booked and paid for a workshop and are unable to attend on the day, you will have the option of transferring your payment to the same workshop on an alternative date.
  • 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.


Q.What happens if you cancel a course?

A. 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.

Q.Where are the workshops held?

A. We teach self-defence to schools in London, and therefore we will come and teach the class at your school/college. Premier Self-Defence will provide all of the necessary training equipment.

Q.How do we contact Premier Self-Defence?

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 email address and we will gladly email out a detailed proposal or please telephone us on 07917 789308 (Dina) or 07950 337648 (Debi).

Q.Are we a member of an official body?

A. All our trainers that teach the self-defence lessons in London schools 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 like to read what the head of the Self-Defence Federation has to say about our Chief instructor and founder Debi Steven.

Q.Are the instructors insured & police checked?

A. All our instructors are insured and police checked. Insurance details and police check information are available upon request.

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 happily email a detailed proposal or please call us on 07917 789308 (Dina) or 07950 337648 (Debi).