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Empowerment Self-Defense Instructor Training

  • Peace Over Violence 892 N. Fair Oaks Avenue Suite D Pasadena, CA 91103 United States (map)

At Peace Over Violence, self‐defense begins with self‐respect, knowledge of one’s rights, and the determination and ability to protect those rights.

One learns self‐defense against verbal and physical assaults by becoming aware of facts about violence against women, assertiveness, and physical self‐defense techniques. Peace Over Violence’s self‐defense programs are designed to empower women and children to prevent crime and victimization, break the myths surrounding violence against women, and develop simple, easy‐to‐use self‐defense techniques.

We are seeking potential instructors who embody these ideals and wish to teach empowerment self-defense.

Peace Over Violence Self Defense Instructor Training Goals:

  • Train individuals on Peace Over Violence Self Defense curriculum based on a women’s empowerment model of self defense.

  • To increase the number of women of color, persons with disabilities, older women, the
    LGBT community, and rural women teaching self defense

  • Develop leadership and skills of rape crisis center staff and/or volunteers

  • Encourage Rape Crisis Centers to incorporate a self defense program

Eligibility & Requirements

  • Must be over the age of 18

  • Must have successfully completed 40 hour sexual assault counselor training or equivalent

  • Must be able to attend all 5 days (40 hours) of instructor training

  • Minimum 1 year volunteer commitment (for professional development, please contact for fee)

  • Must be available to instruct 2-5 self-defense classes per month and attend quarterly instructor in-service


Saturday, April 20 - Saturday May 18, 2019 from 9 - 5 pm 

Bilingual, ASL encouraged to apply.

Please note that this training opportunity for instructors is only open to women, non-binary and transgender individuals.

For questions or to request an application, please contact

Earlier Event: April 19
Kid's Self Defense & Safety