Self Defense Courses for the General Public

We hold six hour workshops every four to six weeks for the general public at our Kew Gardens venue. These courses are very popular so please book in advance to secure your place.

We have set out, below, an easy to use Frequently Asked Question list (FAQ) which we hope will answer all your questions. If you have any other questions that are not answered below, please feel free to e-mail us on

Give yourself and option! Do a self-defence course! People who have been on our courses highly recommend us – please read our press section on the website or click here

” It is humbling to see the dedication, determination and mission of your instructors as they lead their sessions.  The intelligence and integrity that goes into these workshops is evident and the immersive experience results in life changing skills.”  The Rogers Family.

Q: What is covered in the course?
A: Our self-defence classes 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 including static knife attacks.

The 6 hour workshop is an excellent all round workshop, focuses on awareness, avoidance & escape, verbal diffusion and highly effective self defence technique training. This includes participant application and practice. The course covers the following

Personal safety talk & safety in your daily life
Drug Rape Awareness: Information on and the avoidance of the alarming increase of drinks being spiked to rob or sexually assault individuals (this applies to both men and women, 11% of drug rape reports were made by men)
Identification of risk situations and avoidance
Verbal diffusion skills
Weeble® information & training (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 & the psychology of an attack
Breakdown misconceptions of rape/violence
Build confidence in your 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

Q: Is this a martial arts course?
A: No, Premier Self-Defence has designed their courses specifically with the everyday person in mind basing its course content on real life safety awareness concerns and real life attack patterns we have studied over many years. Martial Arts is a sport and is not always practical when it comes to realistic, effective and easy to remember self-defence techniques.

Q: Do you train men and women?
A: Yes, we teach both women and men together, however, when requested we can teach these groups seperately and this is done for a couple of reasons, although our public workshops are mixed part of the workshop is focused on women and part on men 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.

Q: What do people have to say about your courses?
A: Please go to the “press” section of our web site or click here to read what the press and general public have to day about our courses.

Q: How old do you have to be to do a course?
A: Our workshops are for people aged 12 years and upward with our oldest participant having been 76 years old!

Please note: All youngsters between the age of 12-14 years must be accompanied by an adult.

We are happy to discuss how we could put a workshop together for a group of under 15s either at their school or at a private training venue. Please e-mail us on or telephone us on 07917 789308 for further information.

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: How much do the workshops cost?
A: Each workshop costs £54 + VAT (20% = £10.80) £64.80 per head. Would you like a discount? Why not book with a friend or a family member and we will reduce the cost to £48 + VAT (20% = £9.60) £57.60 per person. Please note: each individual in the group must fill out a booking form and pay within seven days, otherwise your reservation will automatically be cancelled from our system. Doing the course with family or friends is a lot of fun. Click this link to open a booking form.

We only accept payment via online banking please e-mail and we will provide you with our banking details.
Please remember to put the date of the course you wish to attend on the booking form.

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.

There are no refunds for failing to cancel or not attending a booked session.

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: What are the next workshop dates?
A: The 2019 workshop dates are as follows (please note courses are for men & women aged 14 years and above unless otherwise indicated): If you have a child under 14 they may be able to attend along with a parent, please get in touch to discuss this

2020 Dates

Sunday 3rd May                       11.00am – 4.00pm  CANCELLED

Sunday 1st November            11.00am – 4.00pm

Q: How do I book on a course? 

A: Please click on this  link to open a booking form.

Q: How do I get to your venue? 

A:Click on this link for map to: Premier Self-Defence Venue: Broomfield House School, 10 Broomfield Road, Kew Gardens, Surrey TW9 3HS

The venue for the Self-Defence Workshop is in Broomfield House School, which is a 2-minute walk from the Kew Gardens Underground Station. If you are driving you will find plenty of free parking outside the school or in Kew village, which is next to the tube station. Please note: there is one long parking bay in Broomfield Road, on the same side as the school, that is restricted on a Sunday – please read the signs – all other bays on the opposite side to the school are free on Sundays. There is also free parking in Kew village on Sundays. The entrance to the training hall is in fact via Princes Road. You will see the entrance about 50 yards down Princes Road. Enter and keep left to the hall. (Broomfield School is an old house on the corner of Princes Road and Broomfield Road).
Q: Are the instructors insured?
A: All our self-defence teachers are insured and have been police checked.