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Women’s Self-Defence Classes – What You Need to Know

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Women’s self-defence classes in Brisbane can come from a variety of different sources- but if you truly want to learn self-defence the right way, martial arts is a no-brainer! There’s so much more to our self-defence program than what you see in the movies, including psychology lessons on danger awareness and hidden mental benefits that you may have never thought of. Read on to learn some basic self-defence tips and to learn more about our self-defence program in Brisbane!


Women’s Self-Defence Classes- The Basics

Women's Self Defence Classes

Self-defence itself is a phrase with many different connotations. Some people associate self-defence with guns or violence. Others will hear those words and think of legal justifications (“I did it out of self-defence!”). But at Focus Martial Arts, our definition of self-defence is actually really powerful- it’s about using your words and your actions to protect yourself and others from harm.

This is what makes martial arts self-defence training so different from any others. It’s not just about the physical moves that can protect you, like the punches, kicks, and locks. It’s about stopping conflict dead in its tracks with your confidence and your assertiveness before things even have a chance to go sideways- and learning how to stay out of trouble in the first place. It’s about building confidence and bravery in order to look someone in the eye and loudly say, “Get your hand off of me” or ”Stop harassing me.” And ultimately, it’s about protecting yourself and your loved ones with as minimal damage as possible.

Self-Defence for Women

Women's Self-Defence ClassesWhile martial arts is for everybody looking to get fit and learn self-defence, we would be remiss not to dedicate some time to discussing the positive effects for women, who are unfortunately more likely to use self-defence in their lifetimes.

According to one 2013 study from the University of Oregon, when women took self-defence training they were 3x less likely to be raped and 2x less likely to receive unwanted sexual contact than those who did not take Women’s self-defence classes.

Let’s be crystal clear- if you’ve experienced sexual assault, it’s not your fault. But this study shows that there are ways to teach ourselves, our daughters, nieces, neighbors, and the women we care about how to use their voices to be heard and de-escalate conflict before it even begins. Girl power!

Self-Defence Tip #1- Keys Between Your Fingers

Our first self-defence tip is to keep your car keys between your fingers. A common time of attack is when you’re walking to your car at night after work.

Luckily, most people know to hold their keys between their fingers on the way to their car in case of an attack- but if someone actually came at you, where would you strike? The answer- go for the leg to wound your attacker enough to then get yourself to safety.


How We Teach Self-Defence

Women's Self-Defence Classes

So if you’re interested in Women’s self-defence classes, it’s helpful to know how we teach it. Unlike other self-defence training, the physical act of self-defence is just one piece of our martial arts classes in Brisbane. Our classes are centered on different activities and moves that our students work on throughout the week. They practice consistently in order to make the moves muscle memory so that they know exactly what to do in an emergency situation, pretty much without thinking.

A few of the techniques that we work on in our martial arts school are kick techniques, punch techniques, and striking techniques. These can be at a distance or up close to the attacker to prevent assault from any distance. So we get you into fantastic shape through toning your entire body, and then we work on your mental strength.

We also teach the “soft skills” that are 100% necessary for success in any area of your life, including perseverance, discipline, and confidence, through lots of positive reinforcement, encouragement, celebration, and pushing our students just beyond their comfort zones every single week to build resilience. These mental benefits positively impact your work, relationships, and hobbies… everything improves with martial arts classes, not just your knowledge of self-defence!


Self-Defence Tip #2- Don’t Park In The Dark

This may seem like a no-brainer, but we’ve all got squirrels running around in our heads (read: we’re a bit scatterbrained). Often we’re just not thinking when we’re running post-work errands or pulling into the parking ramp first thing in the morning. So this is your reminder- stay diligent. Park where it’s well-lit and stay sharp when you’re walking to your car (see tip #1).


Don’t Just Learn It- Use It: Staying Calm with Self -Defence

Women's Self-Defence Classes

Self-defence is important to defend yourself against an attacker- no duh. But what may be just as important is knowing how to keep calm in an emergency situation so that you can actually use the self-defence training that you’ve busted your butt to learn.

Since you’re reading this article, we can assume that you’ve picked up a few things from YouTube or training here or there. But without consistent practice (or a professional to show you the way), it’s just not going to stick. Plus (and this is super important), without practice, you’re way more likely to panic. If you’re out at a bar or just in the wrong place at the wrong time, how can you effectively use self-defence without proper practice? If you haven’t been trained by professionals who have dedicated their lives to helping make the world a safer place, the answer is probably no.

Mastering the moves every week until they’re muscle memory gives our martial arts students a huge advantage over any other sport (and killer self-discipline). After years of martial arts classes, our students sniff out “bad situations” and avoid them, protecting themselves and their loved ones from harm in the first place. Long story short, knowing martial arts will give you a huge advantage in protecting yourself. But knowing how to use martial arts properly and stay calm in the face of danger, which is what we teach every single class? Priceless.


Self-defence Tip #3- Broom Handle

What better tool can you have around the house than a weapon that doesn’t even look like a weapon? Using a broom handle like a staff or breaking it into two, like kali sticks, can be hugely advantageous in a pinch. Our advice- keep a broom near your door or under your bed -just in case.


Confidence – Your Secret WeaponWomen's Self-Defence Classes

Something really special about martial arts is that while you’re crushing it in your workouts and building up physical strength, your mental strength is skyrocketing. Our classes are as much about becoming unshakably confident and mastering self-discipline as they are about mastering punches and kicks. Through positive reinforcement and a “one step better each day” attitude, we push our students to be the absolute best they can be. We do this not only because it makes them better athletes, but because we want them to see in themselves all of the amazing things we already see. In this way, our students can speak up and stand up for themselves when they need it most.

That confidence and sense of accomplishment don’t just stay in the studio either. If you could walk down the street and know you can physically handle anything that comes your way- that’s an unbelievable feeling! And it breeds this great cycle of respecting yourself, and then doing things that demonstrate that self-respect. You may start to stick up for yourself in other ways, like asking for a promotion at work when you’ve been busting your butt for years, or skipping the donuts and heading straight to the salad bar. That’s what martial arts does- it creates the best version of you. And that best version is a badass that knows how to defend themselves in any situation. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!


Self-Defence Tip #4- Self-Defence Classes

So these tips are great and all, and you can probably find a ton more online- but what’s not online is an in-person instructor to help you learn the psychological aspects of self-defence that complement the physical.

In an emergency situation, your adrenaline will kick in and if you haven’t attended formal women’s self-defence classes, you may panic and not know what to do. women’s self-defence classes are the number one way for you to learn how to protect yourself and the people you love.



Self-defence classes at Brisbane can help you create an incredible physique, but they can also help you build mental strength, stamina, and confidence you never knew you had. Come see for yourself how Focus Martial Arts Women’s self-defence classes can change your life the way it’s changed all of our students’ lives … our risk-free trial is the way to go! You’ll love it! Trial Offers