First Nations Self Defense Classes

SAFE International™ intends to change the statistics you are about to read below.  We want to ensure that all Aboriginal people are free from harm and get home to their families daily, safe and sound. We have implemented a self defense certification to help make this possible. SAFE International™ has certified some members from the Timiskaming First Nations and Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg communities so that they can instruct members of their community how to better protect themselves. Our SAFE International™ philosophy of self-protection is unlike any other.

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Aboriginal people are two times more likely than non-Aboriginal people to experience violent victimization such as an assault, sexual assault, or robbery.

           Those aged 15 to 34 are nearly two and a half times more likely to experience violent victimization than those 35 years and older.

      Aboriginal people are almost twice as likely to be the victim of spousal violence than non-Aboriginals. 


How Will Your Community Benefit From You Becoming SAFE™ Certified?

You can give the residents of your community the skills to feel and be safer.

You will be able to teach participants how to recognize and avoid violence before it begins.

You will have the knowledge to teach others how to verbally de-escalate violence.  

You will be qualified to teach our basic, but highly effective self defense concepts. 


 What Can You Expect With A SAFE International™ Self Defense Certification

Over your 4 to 5 days of training, you will quickly realize that this is not a martial arts program, nor is it designed with complicated techniques that require hours and hours of practice. The main focus is not even on the physical component of self defense, but rather on the awareness, alertness, and avoidance aspects of self defense in regards to violence. It is thought to most in self defense that the physical component is the most important so it makes sense that most self defense companies focus on this. But we understand that an appropriate physical response is strongly linked to the right state of mind at the time of the threat. This is why we focus on every aspect from physical response, to survival mindset, to the psychology of violence from all sides. We understand that avoiding a threat is as vital as neutralizing one. This is why we train on ways to both avoid and neutralize threats using every tool at your disposal, be it your vocabulary or your mental shrewdness.

An often skipped but extremely important area of self defense is how to avoid confrontation through verbal de-escalation and choice speech.  Not only can your choice of words prevent violence from happening, but it also provides you the best opportunity to defend yourself in the event that things do escalate.  Real verbal de-escalation is much more than just yelling at someone to "Back Off!" We explore the options that give you the best chance of survival.  Included in what we teach are the 6 Rules of Verbal Diffusion:  

  • Always Be Nice
  • Don’t Challenge
  • Don’t Threaten
  • Don’t Tell Someone They Are Wrong
  • Don’t Tell Someone What To Do
  • Always Make It About Them

When violence is unavoidable we teach physical self defense in accordance with the human body's physiological changes when threat is perceived, maintaining simple and gross motor applications which are natural and instinctive with the goal of "Stun & Run" as quickly as possible.  Also taught are the consequences of using these strikes and how one must understand the legal implications to using self defense.  As we teach, the goal of self defense is not to hurt or punish the attacker but to stop them from hurting you. 

In addition, we will cover the most common attacks and how to address them through easy to grasp concepts and principles rather than teaching a memorized set of techniques that are just not practical during the chaos of real violence. There are only a few primary attacks, which include chokes, punches, tackles, grabs, holds, and how to handle things in the event that they go to the ground.  Participants engage in scenario-based drills under controlled conditions. This gives the attendees the opportunity to experience the emotion and aggression of an assault in a safe, controlled environment so they feel comfortable and knowledgeable when sharing this in your community.  

Another thing that distinguishes our program from so many others is the approach we take. All of our seminars are taught by incorporating a great deal of humour. Yes, humour. Without a doubt, self defense is a very serious topic. However, the instruction of it doesn’t have to be intimidating or frightening.

If you think back to some of the previous lessons you learned, I bet you would find that the ones you recall and retained the most knowledge from were the ones taught in an entertaining and memorable way. Don’t take our word for it. Here are a few comments from those who attended the certification training recently in Timiskaming:


I took the facilitator training with Safe International for many different reasons.

Personally it has given me a lot of very essential prevention education and the simulated training was very eye opening in the way that any previous training I had taken proved to not work!!! Ha ha, I didn’t need to try to recall the fancy ineffective techniques. The way that Safe International trains you is “natural” it is easily recalled in situations where your personal safety is on the line.

Professionally this training keeps me aware when going out on home visits in clients home and now our team can spread the awareness and training to the community members to keep even more people safe.

Thank you Safe International!”
Bobbie Jo Gregorcic, Clinical Supervisor for First Line Services/Mental Wellness Programs

“SAFE International provided us with both effective, and highly memorable, personal protection instruction through their unique ability to reach people in a way that enables them to retain and utilize the skills if necessary. What distinguishes SAFE International from all other programs is how they present; with real-life simulated scenarios, with hands-on techniques and humour. While the subject is a very serious one, Chris understands that learning in a safe, fun and enthusiastic environment is the best way to retain what is being presented.”
Dan Lavigne, Social Programs Supervisor

“SAFE International is my first ever self defense training. From what I’ve heard from my co-workers, it is the best self training they’ve received. I enjoyed the fact that the verbal part was the component that was stressed upon most. I absolutely loved how the course was taught, and Chris had my full attention at all times. I would definitely recommend this specific defense training to all of my family members!”
Candace Polson, Social Activities Coordinator

“Self defense training with Safe International was an awesome and pleasant experience. I really appreciate that the program they teach includes awareness and techniques to diffuse a potential attack, but if I were unsuccessful at diffusing the situation I’m confident that the self defense techniques I learned are effective, easy to remember, easy to execute and could potentially save my life. Thank You!”
Jennifer Bourdon, FLS Social Worker

Helping to ensure the safety of your residents is easy. Give us a call or send us an email and we’ll be happy to discuss how we can certify members of your First Nations community. Certification isn’t the only option available to you. Some communities may prefer having instructors from SAFE International™ come and provide the instruction/training to those interested.

Give us a call or reach us by email so we can help you determine what is best for you!

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