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Corporate Self Defense Classes

Corporate Self Defense Classes Toronto

The SAFE International™ Mission includes teaching corporations violence-and harassment-preventionstrategies through a self defense experience that is honest, memorable, and effective


Corporate Self Defense Classes Edmonton

Corporate Self Defense Classes Toronto

The SAFE International™ Mission includes teaching corporations violence-and harassment-prevention strategies through a self defense experience that is honest, memorable, and effective

 SAFE International™ Can Help Both You and Your Employees

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This self-protection seminar will provide your employees with tips and strategies to recognize and avoid personal security risks while on the job. Through the teaching of both verbal and non-verbal techniques, the participants will learn how to take measures to reduce the risk of being victimized.  

The knowledge they gain from the seminar can be applied to all aspects of their professional and personal lives to enhance confidence and skills to deal with difficult situations:

  • sales
  • interacting with customers, co-workers, and patients
  • travel
  • other work related transactions

In addition, SAFE International™ can offer more in-depth courses addressing the most specific safety requirements of your company.  We have worked extensively in the healthcare and real estate industries as well as many others.  For more info, contact a SAFE Representative at 1-800-465-5972 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 Workplace Violence and Harassment in Canada

According to the Minister for Employment & Social Development Canada in their Public Consultations what they heard in regards to Harassment & Sexual Violence in the Workplace:workplace

“Canadians responding to our online survey told us that harassment and sexual violence in workplaces are underreported, often due to fear of retaliation, and that when they are reported, they are not dealt with effectively. We know that these incidents have profound negative effects, such as harming workers’ health and safety, increasing absenteeism, and costs for employers.” – www.canada.ca

Among their key findings in an online survey:

  • A full 60 percent reported having experienced harassment.
  • Thirty percent of respondents said that they had experienced sexual harassment.
  • 21 percent that they had experienced violence and 3 percent that they had experienced sexual violence.

In 2015, the Ontario government introduced Bill 132, the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act, which amends, among other statutes, the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”).  It follows upon the recent changes to OHSA brought in by Bill 168, which sets out how harassment is to be dealt with as a health and safety issue in the workplace. – bill132.ca

SAFE International Personal Safety Lunch & Learns

SAFE International™ has gained a reputation for their 1 or 2 hour Personal Safety Corporate Lunch & Learns, which are not only educational, but also high energy and entertaining. We take a very serious topic and discuss it in a manner that becomes very memorable.  In fact, one of our clients told us that our Corporate Lunch & Learns should actually be called Lunch, Laugh, and Learns!  Show your employees you care by having us come in for a fast-paced seminar covering everything from personal safety on the job, to safety in their personal lives.

SAFE International™ has received countless testimonials.  Here are just a few...

The feedback we have received is as follows: 100% of the respondents found the facilitator knowledgeable in the subject matter.  100% of the respondents felt engaged throughout the duration of the workshop.  100% of the respondents felt their knowledge and/or skills increased as a result of the workshop. 

Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan

Karen, another awesome session.  Please thank Rich again.  He is a great presenter.  We will use you guys again in the future! 

CanDeal

Hi Karen, I just wanted to let you know both sessions were amazing.  Rich did such a great job.  I have only heard positive feedback from our employees.  A lot of employees are asking me for Rich and your companies information which I have provided.  I have a feeling we will be using your company again, and based on today's feedback for a much longer time frame. 

407 ETR

“Thank you Chris for an interesting session. You definitely present with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. I will definitely refer you to anyone looking for such a session. We will keep you in mind for any possible future sessions."

Mary Vieni, Executive Director, Addus

“It was very helpful! Even though the subject was serious, we really enjoyed it and had lots of laughs and tears.  The lessons help you focus on a quick response and areas of the body that may cause the perpetrator to hesitate long enough for you to escape or cause less bodily harm.” 

Madeline M., Carefor Health and Community Services

“Thanks Chris for helping us all become more aware of personal safety and for helping us to stay safe!”

Heather Frizell R.N., Clinical Resource Nurse, St. Elizabeth Healthcare

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High School Self Defense Classes

High School Self Defense Classes Toronto

The SAFE International™ High School Self Defense Mission is to teach violence-prevention strategies to as many students as possible through a self defense experience that is honest, memorable, and effective! 

As a teacher, educator, and role model to your students, the safety and well being of your students is obviously a priority since you are here.  SAFE International™ also believes that Personal Safety Education is a critical Life Skill that all students should have access to.  We know personal safety is a priority since it is reflected in the Personal Safety component of the Healthy Living Curriculums.  Having taught more than 200,000 students since 1994, SAFE International™ has become the leading provider of this type of training through a deep understanding of confrontation whether it be abuse, bullying, sexual assault or other forms of conflict. 


High School Self Defense Classes Edmonton

High School Self Defense Classes - Jupiter, Florida

The SAFE International™ High School Self Defense Mission is to teach violence-prevention strategies to as many students as possible through a self defense experience that is honest, memorable, and effective! 

As a teacher, educator, and role model to your students, the safety and well being of your students is obviously a priority since you are here.  SAFE International™ also believes that Personal Safety Education is a critical Life Skill that all students should have access to.  We know personal safety is a priority since it is reflected in the Personal Safety component of the Healthy Living Curriculums.  Having taught more than 200,000 students since 1994, SAFE International™ has become the leading provider of this type of training through a deep understanding of confrontation whether it be abuse, bullying, sexual assault or other forms of conflict. 

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Our SAFE International™ High School self defense/violence prevention course is our flagship program that began our journey in 1994.  Our high school program is taught to approximately 10,000 female and male students each year and continues to grow every year, not only in Ontario, but also through our SAFE International™ Certified Partners worldwide. 

SAFE International™ has become Canada’s most popular high school course for both boys and girls due to the fact that we are not teaching martial arts, but rather a practical approach to personal safety.  In fact one important distinction we make compared to many self defense companies is that if one brings their "martial arts tools" to the arena of violence, the results are most often very ineffective. 

In addition, all of our instructors certified through SAFE International™  have a unique ability to reach the students in an effective and memorable manner which is critical.  The SAFE International™ self defense/violence prevention courses are designed around the fact that most people will only ever participate in one course in their lifetime so careful planning has been put into the curriculum knowing that fact. 

Consider the following statistics...

Did you know that 1 in 4 North American women will be assaulted during their lifetime.. and the highest risk group is teenagers!

60% of sexual abuse/assault victims whether female or male are under the age of 17!

80% of asssailants are friends and family of the victim, NOT a stranger! 

One in three adolescent students report having been bullied recently!

benefits2How Your Students Will Benefit  

Your students will not only learn how to physically defend themselves, but more importantly how to recognize and avoid potential violence through environmental and situational awareness.  The students will be introduced to the tools to defuse and de-escalate a physical assault.  These verbal strategies  will also carry over to other areas of their life, not just self defense scenarios. They will also be exposed to the legalities of self defense and its use in a legal, ethical and moral manner.  Time will be spent learning defenses against the most common attacks they may face using proven concepts and principles that do not require memorization, but rather an understanding on how violence may unfold.  This self defense course has been developed specifically so that even with just a few hours of instruction, the student will leave with an enhanced chance of survivability in the event of conflict, confrontation, bullying, or harassment.

How The School Will Benefit

Our SAFE International™ High School self defense program addresses the Personal Safety component of the Healthy Active Living Curriculum.  You can be confident that you are offering a quality self defense course of world class that is based on reality, not fantasy which is unfortunately the case with many martial arts courses disguised as self defense courses.  We do want to make it clear that we are teaching "Pure & Applied Self Defense".  This is not a martial arts, kickboxing aerobics, or other "only physical" type program.   This is a full A to Z self defense/violence prevention program for those truly interested in making their students safer.  

Teachers consistently tell us that their students rate our program as one of the favourite activities in the Physical Education career.  Having taught more than 200,000 students since 1994 we have also received countless endorsements from both parents and teachers for offering this potentially life saving instruction.  We have received emails and calls where the material these students have received has in fact saved lives, often many years after having received the training.       

Course Options

There are a number of course options available from 1 to 5 hours in length which can be explained whether you email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contacting us by phone at 1-800-465-5972.  The option you choose will dictate the content of the program, but the following is a general outline of what may be covered in a 4 to 5 hour course.  

   

Basic Course Outline

Hour 13D High School

Strategies to Avoid Violence – through discussion and role playing, some of the topics covered are:                               

  • How and why to walk with confidence.                                                                                         
  • Importance of being aware of your environment.
  • Stairs/elevators in a building.
  • Safe use of buses and taxis.
  • How being too polite can be dangerous.
  • Distraction techniques an attacker might use.
  • How giving directions or the time of day can be dangerous.
  • What to do if being followed.
  • How to carry purses/wallets.
  • Why cell phones are good and bad.
  • The MP3 player, the criminal’s greatest invention.
  • Safe relationships.

Hour 2 – Strikes

During this hour, the students are taught basic, easy to perform, yet highly effective strikes.  The goal of these strikes is to allow one to "Stun & Run" their attacker 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. The students are given the opportunity to train with partners safely through practice on striking shields.  Many self defense companies teach strikes that are just not practical on an attacker who may be altered by alcohol, drugs, or their strength.  We at SAFE International™ strive to keep all instruction simple because when one is under stress, they do not have the ability to remember or perform any strikes or moves that are not basic and simple.  Some of the strikes taught include palm strikes, ear slaps, elbow strikes, hammerfists, and much more.  In the following clip, you will see a short example of our Strikes class with students.  You will also notice how we integrate humour into our program, which is a key reason why students enjoy our approach to personal safety.

Hour 3 – Escapes, Holds, and Groundwork

During this hour, the students are taught how to escape some of the most common attacks such as wrist grabs, bear hugs, chokes, ground attacks, and more.  Students are also taught how to identify the pre-contact cues of an attack in order to maximize their chances of getting home safely to their family.  Rather than teach a memorized set of new techniques for each attack, we teach a few basic concepts meant to address all possible attacks.  This is much more practical and effective than attempting to remember dozens of different self defense moves which would be forgotten in the high stress, chaotic moments of real violence.  This is another difference between learning martial arts and self defense.  In martial arts you practice your self defense in a systematic fashion in which the partner lets you do your move when in reality the "bad guy" will be resistant to your attempts to defend yourself so we offer drills that allow one to practice in a more realistic environment.  We also discuss that one is not defending against a "move", but rather the intent of the attacker whether that be anger, rage, jealousy, etc.  It is easy to defend against a move, but in reality what the attacker brings in relation to their intent is much more difficult to defend against.  This in addition to the verbal assault, "the language", the attacker uses to intimidate, oppress, and control their victim makes for a much more valuable learning experience. 

Hour 4 – Simulated Attacks

During this hour, the students get to practice their new skills in a safe environment on the instructor who is padded with the Spartan Training Gear.  The instructor simulates an attack based on the skills and concepts the students have been taught. This is always a highlight of the course with the students (the instructor might disagree!). Each student is able to perform at a level that challenges them, but, at the same time, empowers them. Students get the opportunity to feel the stress that may be felt during a real attack.  By the end of the simulations, the students are empowered, but also very aware that the awareness and avoidance chat they had is the most important day of the whole SAFE International™ High School course.  The goal in any self defense course should be to learn how to avoid confrontation, but also be prepared to deal with violence physically as a last resort.

Teachers tell us that the SAFE™ Simulated Attacks are not only the favourite day for most of the students, but also a life skill that the students will take with them for years and hopefully never have to use. We often hear from students years later about how this day helped build confidence in other areas of their life because they learned how to face a challenge head on and beat it.  We like to think that our self defense program teaches much more than just self defense, but rather, how to grow as a human being.

High School Principal Testimonial

For several years now, our TDSB school's Phys. Ed. department has invited SAFE International to visit their classes and provide workshops to all grade 9 students.  In response to our  growing concern that our students lacked the awareness of potentially dangerous situations which may put them at risk, we began to place more emphasis on personal safety in our Health and Physical Education classes, including units on personal safety, injury prevention, conflict resolution, decision-making,  and reducing vulnerability.   The workshops from SAFE International complement our program in a way that is useful and relevant for youth.  Students and parents alike have expressed their gratitude and praise. These workshops have given students valuable information on detecting dangerous situations, diffusing or de-escalating potentially dangerous situations and reacting in ways that would improve their chances of "getting away" in the event of confrontation or danger.  The staff are knowledgeable and professional, and they've been an excellent resource for our teaching staff.

Sincerely, Sandy Kaskens

Advanced Courses book

Thanks to the popularity of our Basic Course, most schools will offer one of our advanced programs to their students in following years. These advanced courses review material from previous years while also expanding on the student's knowledge base.  One of the concerns we often hear from parents is how to prepare their children for their post-secondary years when they leave for college or university.  While this is an exciting time for our youth, they will encounter new experiences with some new challenges.  SAFE International™ has an answer for this as well.  Not only do we continue to offer our world renowned physical material, but we also address additional topics from our eBook, "A Parent's Guide to Achieving Peace of Mind When Your Child Leaves Home for College."  Included in this program are some of the safety concerns unique to students living away from home for the first time, such as campus safety, safety in social settings, safe use of public transportation, plus much, much more!   

 

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SAFE International Edmonton

 Self Defense Classes Edmonton, Alberta

The SAFE International™ Edmonton Mission is to reach as many people as possible with violence-prevention strategies through a self defense experience that is both memorable and effective! 

edmontonwebsiteThere’s a difference between learning how to fight, practicing martial arts, and self defense. A credible self defense system will teach you about these differences. Yes, there is a physical component to each and defending yourself physically is an important part of what we teach. But true self defense starts long before things get physical with the goal of preventing physical violence in the first place.

  • True self defense is much more than learning a few moves and thinking you are now prepared to deal with potential violence.
  • True self defense is about recognising the signs of potential confrontation and avoiding it or learning the strategies to avert danger before it ever becomes physical.

True self defense is about getting home safely to your family!

SAFE International™ understands that the average person might only ever participate in one self defense course in their lifetime.  Most of our clients lead busy lives at work and at home.  But one thing they all have in common is, when they contact us, they are looking for practical but essential self defense instruction. This instruction is designed to provide peace of mind and a feeling of safety and security when it comes to the possibility of facing violence in the real world.

SAFE International™ has gained International recognition for such a course that can be delivered in just a few short hours whether you are looking to educate yourself, a group of friends participating in one of our Self Defense Parties, Family Lessons, School Programs, or a Corporate Lunch & Learn.  Regardless of your needs we can provide the most suitable option.  Our self defense program has been featured on numerous television shows in addition to being featured by various media outlets.  We do not tell you this to impress you, but to impress upon you that having taught more than 200,000 people since 1994 and know how to address your personal safety concerns. As well, we are mobile, so we can travel to you to make it even easier.  

Here are just a few of the reasons that people have booked a course with SAFE International:

  • I am a teacher and I was looking for a self defense course for my students.
  • My child is being bullied and I would like them to learn how to be more prepared for it.
  • Myself and a group of girlfriends were looking for a self defense that was effective, but also fun and non-intimidating.
  • Our company was looking for a unique lunch and learn topic and the subject of self defense and safety came up at our last meeting.
  • Our daughter is heading off to college next year and we want her to have some self defense training.

 

 

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1-800-465-5972 or 

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Self Defense Certification Designed to Make Communities Safer

SAFE International Self Defense has designed a self defense certification program for those who want to make their communities safer.  For more information on how you can make a difference in your local high schools, corporations, women's groups, check out this new press release by clicking on the following link: 

http://straightlinepr.blogspot.ca/2016/04/safe-international-offers-self-defense.html 

or you can go directly to our self defense certification page by clicking on the following link:

http://www.safeinternational.biz/self-defense-instructor-certification.html

 

Thanks & Keep SAFE!

Chris Roberts

Managing Director, SAFE International


Women's Self Defense Classes

Women's Self Defense Classes - Toronto & Ottawa

Self Defense is “True” Life Insurance

Did you know that in North America 1 in 4 women will be sexually assaulted during their lifetime? 

But where do most people put their priority? Most people will make safety a priority when it comes to learning lifeskills like how to drive or to swim. And most will insure their “things” like their homes, their cars, or their possessions, but arguably, few take the time to insure what matters most, “their lives while they are living”.  I am not suggesting that each of these things is not important, but it seems to me that living a life where you can increase the chances of living violent free by learning self-defense would be just as important!  Many also commonly adopt traits like apathy and denial believing they will never fall victim to violence, but if it does happen they freeze thinking, "I can't believe this is happening to me", leaving that hesitation on how to handle it.   If you ask me, Self Defense is “True” Life Insurance! So first off, thank you for obviously recognizing this since you are here checking out our website.

SAFE Promo WSD 1Well, the good news is SAFE International™ are the experts in the area of self-defense, violence prevention and personal protection, having taught more than 200,000 women since 1994! We can help bring you Peace of Mind in a relatively short number of hours, not weeks or years.  So whether you are looking for lessons for yourself, your family, or your friends, we have some solutions. At first, many are intimidated by the thoughts of learning self defense for a number of reasons including a few misconceptions such as, “It takes years to learn self defense”, “You have to be in excellent physical shape to participate in self defense”, “You have to join a martial arts club to learn self defense”, or “Self defense is about learning how to fight!”.   All of these are misconceptions that are just not accurate or true.  Let’s look at a couple of them;

“It takes years to learn self-defense” -  now I would be lying if I did not admit that, like anything, the more time you can put into it, the better you become, but one of the unique aspects of SAFE International™ is that our programs have been designed for the on-the-go businesswoman or busy stay-at-home mom” taking into  consideration the fact that most people, if they take any kind of self-defense course will most likely only take one course EVER in their lifetime.  Knowing this fact, we have designed a program that gives you the tools to address violence prevention from the earliest stages of recognizing it to avoid, or how to deal with it through practical, effective and memorable verbal and physical concepts and principles all tailored to your lifestyle and the areas you are most likely to encounter conflict or confrontation. 

“You have to be in excellent physical shape to learn self-defense” -  Sure, being in excellent physical shape may help one in regards to physical self-defense, but more important than any physical abilities are one's mental abilities or mindset in regards to violence prevention.  See one may be in amazing physical shape but of much more importance is knowing who and what you are defending yourself for, having the reasons to defend yourself are critical and we can help you establish those reasons first and foremost.   Without an effective mindset, the physical abilities are limited.  Your mind guides your body, so we start with the mind.

“Self Defense is about learning how to fight!”– Any self-defense program that begins with the physical side of self-defense is in my opinion, “negligent”.  Pure and Applied, or true self-defense begins with learning how to recognize and avoid violence before all else.  If that fails, one needs to understand and learn other strategies mentioned further down to deal with the potential violence.  Lastly, we address how to physically defend oneself if all other avenues of avoidance have been exhausted.  Self-defense is not about learning how to fight, but rather how to avoid a fight through all means possible. 

“You have to join a martial arts club to learn self-defense” – Great news, no you don’t! SAFE International™ is a mobile self-defense business that teaches in schools, people’s homes, corporate offices, even outdoors when the weather is nice.  And if you don’t have a location, we have many contacts throughout the province where we may be able to arrange the training. One of the topics we discuss is how martial arts is not self-defense.  Martial Arts are as the name says, “An Art”.  There is no art in violence which we discuss in detail because if one brings the tools they have learned in any of the martial arts to the arena of violence, they will not be prepared.   

How You Will Benefit From A SAFE™ Self Defense Course 

  • By learning Awareness & Avoidance Strategies to help you “Get Home Safely To Your Family.”3DWomen
  • By learning how to use Intelligent Verbal Diffusion Strategies to avoid confrontation.
  • By learning Easy-To-Use Self Defense Concepts.
  • By learning how to handle Common Attack Scenarios.

Have You Ever Asked Yourself Any Of The Following Questions? Well, You’re Not Alone, We Can Help!

  • Who do attackers usually choose to victimize, and why?
  • How should I approach my car in a parking lot or underground?
  • Should I really trust my intuition?  What if it is wrong?
  • How should I walk so I don’t look like an easy target?
  • Is there a safest place to stand on an elevator?
  • Is being too polite a bad thing? Would an attacker take advantage of my kindness?
  • Even though I am nervous taking shortcuts, I still take them. After all, what are the odds I will ever be attacked?
  • I am always uneasy and concerned when I use public transportation like buses, the subway, and taxis. Why is that?
  • When someone rings my doorbell, I feel nervous opening the door to them, but I do because I don’t want to appear rude. Is this potentially dangerous?
  • I hear that cell phones can be a good and bad safety device, but I am not sure which. Why is that?
  • Is it safer to carry my purse across my body or over one shoulder?
  • I always wonder if I should fight to keep my valuables and identification. Is there a correct answer?
  • Wouldn’t a kick to the attacker’s groin stop him quickly?
  • What if I am not strong enough to defend myself against a bigger, stronger person? 

Book A SAFE International™ Self Defense Party!

This Is Not Your Mother's Tupperware Party!

SDParty2Invite a group of your friends and family for a few hours of fun, education, and potentially lifesaving instruction with one of our SAFE™ Women’s Self Defense Parties.  Plan a meal, snacks, or dessert, and be prepared for a unique self defense experience! What made us so popular is our unique method of teaching with humour and our sharing of anecdotes. Experience our simulated attacks in scenario-specific situations such as at the front door, being followed, walking at night to the car, and more.

The women we have taught, in many ways, have helped shape the course for SAFE International™ by sharing their stories of tragedy and success.

 

Years ago, Chris Roberts, Managing Director of SAFE International™ was invited to be the keynote speaker at the Annual Ontario Block Parents Convention. There were approximately 100 people in attendance with the majority being women.  Included in that total was about 25 police officers.  In Chris' words, "I began my talk on how to avoid and handle potentially dangerous situations such as being followed, elevator safety, parking lots, plus much more. I noticed the women were laughing and engaged while about 20 of the male police officers sat there with their arms crossed staring at me with serious looks on their faces.  I was thinking this might not beSD Party 3 going so well even though all the women were very involved and listening. At this point, the senior police officer in the group stood up and asked if he could say something. I remember thinking,“Well, this is probably the end of my business. He is going to tell me not to make a joke out of personal safety.” In fact, he told the group that this was the best approach to personal safety he had ever seen! I spoke to him after and told him how he had scared the life out of me. He said that as a police officer, he was sitting listening to the information and not focusing on the humour. He agreed that my use of humour was a unique way to get the message across.  That was all I needed to hear and the use of humour in my presentations became a mainstay of the program."

Maybe the best proof I had that the use of humour was an effective and unique way to teach self defense was when I had a woman who managed a home for abused women came out to watch one of my seminars at a local high school. After the course, she approached me about doing a seminar at her shelter. I expressed my concern about teaching with humour and how would it go over in an intense setting like that. She said, “Chris, I have never known anyone to get upset because you made them laugh. I noticed that you make the topic fun to learn and you are not making fun of the topic.” That sealed it. It confirmed to me that I had found the perfect way to teach the topic of self defense.  Now don't get me wrong, I take the topic of violence prevention very seriously, but the use of humour has become a very valuable tool in how we reach people, making the learning environment an optimal one to share, learn, and grow from the education. 

 

 

    SAFE International™ Self Defense Parties

         Have Been Featured on Global TV                                          

 

 

 

  ....Or Book your Bachelorette Party with us!SAFE bacheloretteParty3

Your wedding is a special day, one you will remember forever. Why not make your bachelorette party memorable too, for you and your favourite gal pals? We have the perfect way to get all your wedding festivities started: a self defense party! Not only will you get to spend some quality time with your BFFs, but you’ll learn some valuable life-saving skills. And your hubby-to-be will also feel great 

 

 

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Women's Self Defense Classes Edmonton

Women's Self Defense Classes - Toronto & Ottawa

Self Defense is “True” Life Insurance

Did you know that in North America 1 in 4 women will be sexually assaulted during their lifetime? 

But where do most people put their priority? Most people will make safety a priority when it comes to learning lifeskills like how to drive or to swim. And most will insure their “things” like their homes, their cars, or their possessions, but arguably, few take the time to insure what matters most, “their lives while they are living”.  I am not suggesting that each of these things is not important, but it seems to me that living a life where you can increase the chances of living violent free by learning self-defense would be just as important!  Many also commonly adopt traits like apathy and denial believing they will never fall victim to violence, but if it does happen they freeze thinking, "I can't believe this is happening to me", leaving that hesitation on how to handle it.   If you ask me, Self Defense is “True” Life Insurance! So first off, thank you for obviously recognizing this since you are here checking out our website.

SAFE Promo WSD 1Well, the good news is SAFE International™ are the experts in the area of self-defense, violence prevention and personal protection, having taught more than 200,000 women since 1994! We can help bring you Peace of Mind in a relatively short number of hours, not weeks or years.  So whether you are looking for lessons for yourself, your family, or your friends, we have some solutions. At first, many are intimidated by the thoughts of learning self defense for a number of reasons including a few misconceptions such as, “It takes years to learn self defense”, “You have to be in excellent physical shape to participate in self defense”, “You have to join a martial arts club to learn self defense”, or “Self defense is about learning how to fight!”.   All of these are misconceptions that are just not accurate or true.  Let’s look at a couple of them;

“It takes years to learn self-defense” -  now I would be lying if I did not admit that, like anything, the more time you can put into it, the better you become, but one of the unique aspects of SAFE International™ is that our programs have been designed for the on-the-go businesswoman or busy stay-at-home mom” taking into  consideration the fact that most people, if they take any kind of self-defense course will most likely only take one course EVER in their lifetime.  Knowing this fact, we have designed a program that gives you the tools to address violence prevention from the earliest stages of recognizing it to avoid, or how to deal with it through practical, effective and memorable verbal and physical concepts and principles all tailored to your lifestyle and the areas you are most likely to encounter conflict or confrontation. 

“You have to be in excellent physical shape to learn self-defense” -  Sure, being in excellent physical shape may help one in regards to physical self-defense, but more important than any physical abilities are one's mental abilities or mindset in regards to violence prevention.  See one may be in amazing physical shape but of much more importance is knowing who and what you are defending yourself for, having the reasons to defend yourself are critical and we can help you establish those reasons first and foremost.   Without an effective mindset, the physical abilities are limited.  Your mind guides your body, so we start with the mind.

“Self Defense is about learning how to fight!”– Any self-defense program that begins with the physical side of self-defense is in my opinion, “negligent”.  Pure and Applied, or true self-defense begins with learning how to recognize and avoid violence before all else.  If that fails, one needs to understand and learn other strategies mentioned further down to deal with the potential violence.  Lastly, we address how to physically defend oneself if all other avenues of avoidance have been exhausted.  Self-defense is not about learning how to fight, but rather how to avoid a fight through all means possible. 

“You have to join a martial arts club to learn self-defense” – Great news, no you don’t! SAFE International™ is a mobile self-defense business that teaches in schools, people’s homes, corporate offices, even outdoors when the weather is nice.  And if you don’t have a location, we have many contacts throughout the province where we may be able to arrange the training. One of the topics we discuss is how martial arts is not self-defense.  Martial Arts are as the name says, “An Art”.  There is no art in violence which we discuss in detail because if one brings the tools they have learned in any of the martial arts to the arena of violence, they will not be prepared.   

How You Will Benefit From A SAFE™ Self Defense Course 

  • By learning Awareness & Avoidance Strategies to help you “Get Home Safely To Your Family.”3DWomen
  • By learning how to use Intelligent Verbal Diffusion Strategies to avoid confrontation.
  • By learning Easy-To-Use Self Defense Concepts.
  • By learning how to handle Common Attack Scenarios.

Have You Ever Asked Yourself Any Of The Following Questions? Well, You’re Not Alone, We Can Help!

  • Who do attackers usually choose to victimize, and why?
  • How should I approach my car in a parking lot or underground?
  • Should I really trust my intuition?  What if it is wrong?
  • How should I walk so I don’t look like an easy target?
  • Is there a safest place to stand on an elevator?
  • Is being too polite a bad thing? Would an attacker take advantage of my kindness?
  • Even though I am nervous taking shortcuts, I still take them. After all, what are the odds I will ever be attacked?
  • I am always uneasy and concerned when I use public transportation like buses, the subway, and taxis. Why is that?
  • When someone rings my doorbell, I feel nervous opening the door to them, but I do because I don’t want to appear rude. Is this potentially dangerous?
  • I hear that cell phones can be a good and bad safety device, but I am not sure which. Why is that?
  • Is it safer to carry my purse across my body or over one shoulder?
  • I always wonder if I should fight to keep my valuables and identification. Is there a correct answer?
  • Wouldn’t a kick to the attacker’s groin stop him quickly?
  • What if I am not strong enough to defend myself against a bigger, stronger person? 

Book A SAFE International™ Self Defense Party!

This Is Not Your Mother's Tupperware Party!

SDParty2Invite a group of your friends and family for a few hours of fun, education, and potentially lifesaving instruction with one of our SAFE™ Women’s Self Defense Parties.  Plan a meal, snacks, or dessert, and be prepared for a unique self defense experience! What made us so popular is our unique method of teaching with humour and our sharing of anecdotes. Experience our simulated attacks in scenario-specific situations such as at the front door, being followed, walking at night to the car, and more.

The women we have taught, in many ways, have helped shape the course for SAFE International™ by sharing their stories of tragedy and success.

 

Years ago, Chris Roberts, Managing Director of SAFE International™ was invited to be the keynote speaker at the Annual Ontario Block Parents Convention. There were approximately 100 people in attendance with the majority being women.  Included in that total was about 25 police officers.  In Chris' words, "I began my talk on how to avoid and handle potentially dangerous situations such as being followed, elevator safety, parking lots, plus much more. I noticed the women were laughing and engaged while about 20 of the male police officers sat there with their arms crossed staring at me with serious looks on their faces.  I was thinking this might not beSD Party 3 going so well even though all the women were very involved and listening. At this point, the senior police officer in the group stood up and asked if he could say something. I remember thinking,“Well, this is probably the end of my business. He is going to tell me not to make a joke out of personal safety.” In fact, he told the group that this was the best approach to personal safety he had ever seen! I spoke to him after and told him how he had scared the life out of me. He said that as a police officer, he was sitting listening to the information and not focusing on the humour. He agreed that my use of humour was a unique way to get the message across.  That was all I needed to hear and the use of humour in my presentations became a mainstay of the program."

Maybe the best proof I had that the use of humour was an effective and unique way to teach self defense was when I had a woman who managed a home for abused women came out to watch one of my seminars at a local high school. After the course, she approached me about doing a seminar at her shelter. I expressed my concern about teaching with humour and how would it go over in an intense setting like that. She said, “Chris, I have never known anyone to get upset because you made them laugh. I noticed that you make the topic fun to learn and you are not making fun of the topic.” That sealed it. It confirmed to me that I had found the perfect way to teach the topic of self defense.  Now don't get me wrong, I take the topic of violence prevention very seriously, but the use of humour has become a very valuable tool in how we reach people, making the learning environment an optimal one to share, learn, and grow from the education. 

 

 

    

   SAFE International™ Self Defense Parties

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....Or Book your Bachelorette Party with us!SAFE bacheloretteParty2

Your wedding is a special day, one you will remember forever. Why not make your bachelorette party memorable too, for you and your favourite gal pals? We have the perfect way to get all your wedding festivities started: a self defense party! Not only will you get to spend some quality time with your BFFs, but you’ll learn some valuable life-saving skills. And your hubby-to-be will also feel great 

 

 

 SAFE ChangingLivesLogo CorpHow to Reach a SAFE Representative:

1-800-465-5972 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

 


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