Personal Self-Defense for Women (Non-Lethal, Non-Shooting)

Taught by Jim Waydula, Peace Officer


Questions?  Call Bill at 763-458-3722.

If you’re looking for non-lethal ways of protecting yourself, then this class is for you.  The course objective is simple: Teach basic things you can do to protect yourself.


During the course of the day, a majority of people are unaware of the things going on around them. This “isolation” puts one at risk of becoming a victim. When an encounter happens, most have no training or knowledge of what they can do to help themselves. This course will give some ideas, and with practice you can become more confident.

Course Outline

Situational Awareness
  • Who is around you?
  • What is going on around you?
  • Can you describe anyone around you?
  • Do you have an escape route if something happens?
Color of Condition
  • White (no clue)
  • Yellow (aware and watching. Not paranoid)
  • Orange (hair on neck standing. Prepared to fight/flight)
  • Red (Combat/fight)
  • Black (sheer terror. Not acting at all)
Clothing and Hair
  • Is your purse secure?
  • Is your money/cards in one place?
  • Where are your keys?
  • Long hair- loose or up?
  • Hoodie?
  • Clothing easy to grab?
  • Clothing easy to cut off?
In Your Car
  • Watch when you approach.
  • Awareness when stopped at light
  • Anyone following?
  • Descriptions and plate numbers
  • Road rage

Blocks and Blows

Defensive Blocking
  • Protecting the head
  • Protecting the body
  • Protecting the hands from edge weapons
  • Twist away, leg lift, breaking free.
Pressure Points
  • Sternum rub
  • Sternum “hook”
  • Shoulder
  • Elbow
  • Jaw
Striking Back
  • Jaw
  • Eyes
  • Nose
  • Carotid
  • Xiphoid
  • Peroneal nerve
  • Breaking forearm


Personal Tools
  • Pepper spray use
  • Kubaton
 Defense Against Edged Weapons
  • Blocks
  • Disarm
  • Secure
  • Disarm
  • Turn against attacker

Post Attack

What Happens Now?
  • Personal counseling
  • Police reports and court
  • Legal defense
  • Talk with friends
  • Additional training
  • Tools for protection


Recommended reading:

“Surviving a School Shooting” by Loren Christiansen

“Innocent Targets” by Michael Dorn and Chris Dorn

“Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill” by LTC Dave Grossman

“Self: The Womanly Art of Self-Care, Intuition, and Choice” by Debbie Leung

“Self Defense for Women” by Wille Cahill


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