Self Defence Courses for Schools, Colleges & Universities

Knowledge is power thus proactive schools and colleges are taking a keen interest in the safety of their students. In today’s world being aware of and practising good general personal safety awareness, coupled with simple, effective and easy to remember physical self-defence techniques is essential. Our courses therefore focus on both the physical techniques as well as fine-tuning students’ overall general personal safety awareness knowledge.

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

Youngsters 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. Avoidance of dangerous situations is hugely important in ones overall safety, with physical self-defence being a last option but an important final element for your overall personal safety capability.

Research shows that a large percentage 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 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.

Should you be interested in reading press articles and testimonials from colleges and schools we have taught at please go the “Press” section of our web site.

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 08917 789308 (Dina) or 07950 337648 (Debi)

Q: What does the course cover?

A: Our self-defence courses are designed for the everyday person. Dependent on the age group being taught, we modify the course accordingly in terms of general content. However, all our courses cover personal safety awareness in ones daily life as well as focusing on easy to remember and effective physical self-defence techniques. Our courses are ideal for teaching not only young adults at college but also the teaching of child self protection and child personal safety awareness skills.

The 4-hour workshop focuses on AVOIDANCE – ESCAPE- VERBAL DIFFUSION then on practical and highly effective self-defence technique training.

The Level One course covers the following:

Personal safety talk & safety in students daily life
Verbal Diffusion
Drug Rape Awareness (this is modified for the younger groups)
Identification of risk situations and avoidance (adapted depending on age group being taught)
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 students own capabilities

Information on & the avoidance of the alarming rise of drinks being drugged to rob or sexually assault individuals (this applies to both men & women 11% of drug rape reports are made by men)

Q: How many workshop levels are there?

A: There are three levels. Each level is 4-hours in duration and is a separate independent module. Each module is a building block. Students can proceed to the next building block as and when they wish. It is not essential to do all the blocks but obviously 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.

Level One is focussed 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 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. Ground techniques are also introduced in this level. Level Two also focuses on building greater confidence in the participants in the use of all the techniques and their ability to deal with verbal and physical aggression. Verbal diffusion is discussed in depth on this workshop and the participants practice their skills in scenarios. We also introduce awareness and skills on knife defence.

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, and parks etc. where technique application is put to a more realistic test. We also introduce knife attack scenarios.

Q: Is the course a martial arts course?

A: No, we have 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. A Martial Art is a sport and a 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: Each workshop level is 4 hours. Ideally this should be taught in one session or in two 2-hour sessions. Premier Self-Defence is flexible as to when the course can be offered at the school or college. We can come in during the school or college day, in the afternoons or even on weekends.

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 instruction approach.

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

A: Yes, we teach both girls/ women and boys/men. However, we teach these 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 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.

Q: What age group do you teach?

A: We run workshops for different age groups: 10-14 years & 15 years and 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, life style of the different age groups and maturity of the students.

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

We have taught at many schools & colleges. The following is a list of some of the schools/colleges where we have recently conducted self-defence courses for their students:

Caterham School
Godolphin and Latymer 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
Croyden High School – Croyden
Milbourne Lodge School – Esher

You can also read what these schools/colleges have to say about us in the press section of our website.

Q: What is the cost of a workshop?

A: The cost is £35 + VAT(20% = £7.00) £42.00 per student. We have a minimum fee of £700 +VAT (20% £140) £840.00

Q: What is your cancellation policy?

A: 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.

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.

Q: Where are the workshops held?

A: Premier Self-Defence will come in and teach at your school/college. Some schools/colleges run the workshops during school time as a life skills programme, whilst others have them in the afternoon or after school or on a weekend. We will be happy to discuss what the most suitable times would be for your school or college.

Q: How much space do you need?

A: As space no larger than the size of a classroom.

Q: Do we need to provide any equipment?

A: No, Premier Self-Defence provides all 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 postal address and we will gladly send out a detailed proposal or please telephone us on 07917 789308 (Dina) or 07950 337648 (Debi).

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 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 is available on request.