Self-defence classes for women

Self defence for women, especially Krav Maga, is a valuable and well proven tool to increase women's safety and prevent sexual assaults.

Obviously, knowing how to protect yourself is a major skill. It's like car insurance, you don't want to use it but it's good to have it. Just in case.

And it makes a difference.

Unfortunately, too many women have been taught to believe that they “can’t” defend themselves, or that “fighting back doesn’t do any good” against an attack.

This is not true. And it's time to transform mentalities.

I believe that women don't need men to protect them; Women need to be empowered.

"I've tried a few classes relating to defence and martial arts, but this is the first time I've come across something good...I felt very comfortable as a beginner in the class, and came away feeling like I had learnt something, which is rare from a first session!" Kelly - London SE4

Krav Maga for women

The techniques I teach come from one of the world top self-defence systems: Urban Krav Maga (UKM).

It was originally founded by martial arts expert Stewart McGill with the objective to be the most practical and leveraged reality based self-defence available.

Self-protection is also about prevention, learning how to set and enforce boundaries, assert yourself and safely de-escalate situations.

"...the way the class is designed allows people of all fitness (and coordination skills) levels to progress quite fast in techniques ..." (read full review)
Judith - London

As far as techniques go, there shouldn't be much difference between self-defence for women and self-defence for men. Simply because the intention can vary but the physical violence follows the same patterns. In the end, whether you're a guy or a girl, it's always about fighting against a bigger, stronger aggressor.

Urban Fit & Fearless group classes offer the perfect environment for that.

Why is Urban Krav Maga the best self-defence for women?

The system emphasises functionality, simplicity and leverage rather than strength. It's based on quick reactions and swift movements. That makes it particularly adapted against bigger and stronger opponents.

"'s surprisingly satisfying to see how much leverage you can (literally) have over a big guy if you make the right move at the right time" Suzanne - London SE22

Anyone can learn Krav Maga (what is Krav Maga) techniques, anyone can apply those techniques and although size does matter, I show how techniques can negate the size of an aggressor and equalize a situation.

Techniques are built upon the body's natural instincts and are easy to assimilate and apply regardless of age, gender, athletic attributes or body type.

In other words, it's practical and functional. 

Krav Maga Training for women

Urban Krav Maga (UKM) draws on a range of martials arts including Krav Maga, Karate, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), Traditional Jiu Jitsu, Aikido, Boxing, Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, Vale Tudo and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).

What sets UKM apart from other self-protection systems, though, is its phenomenal ground-fighting component.

Most fights naturally end up on the ground and, in the case of sexual assaults, that's where your aggressor will want to go so it's critical to have a good knowledge of grappling.

UKM owes the exceptional quality of its ground-fighting to Chief Instructor Leo Negao.

Leo is a  4-time Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) World Champion whose competitive track record in BJJ, Grappling, Vale Tudo and MMA, stands for itself. You can't get any better when it comes to grappling.

We help empowering women through Krav Maga training

In a friendly and supportive environment,
  • We'll encourage you to step out of your comfort zone
  • We'll teach you to assert and stand up for yourself
  • We'll equip you with the skills to defend yourself and to deal with aggressive behaviour
  • You'll learn to channel adrenaline and operate under stress
  • You'll develop fighting spirit and resilience
  • You'll improve your physical condition with full body workouts

"I turned up at Patrice's class a bit of a wreck. I was in the horrible situation of having been attacked on the street 3 times having picked myself up a stalker with mental health issues. I left the first class feeling a little better, by the third class I was back to my old self and was quietly confident that if I was attacked again I had moves that would ensure I wasn't hurt at all or at least not badly. [...] thanks to Patrice and his teaching I have never been more capable of defending myself. If you are thinking about trying it out my advice is do it. You won't regret it!" Alice - London

You can try and see for yourself in our public classes:

Every Wednesday 7:30-9:00 pm.

Classes are beginner friendly, typically 50% female, and just round the corner:

The Scout Hut, 212 Bellenden Road, SE15 4BY

Women's self-defence seminars in London

Although mixed group classes are great, it is also important to recognise that women face specific threats and for this reason I run seminars that address these threats.

I also understand that many women can feel intimidated by mixed classes, so starting with a women-only seminar can help them.

During the women self-defence seminars, we explore various scenarios around the kind of attacks that female are most likely to face. For example, being held down onto the ground.

The students learn to identify the specific threat and quickly respond with the appropriate techniques in order to escape the assault which can take different forms depending on the aggressor’s size, how the action unfolds, how fast the victim reacts, etc.

What they thought of the seminars:

I went to this seminar last year and it was really good and I would heartily recommend it. It was my second session of Urban Krav Maga and it was so much fun, so useful and so engaging that I have been going to Patrice's weekly classes when I can since and I have become much fitter and stronger.
Rachel - London SE24

... A fantastic introduction to self defense, comprehensive teaching and great fun… even if it does leave every muscle in your body aching for a couple of days afterwards. [click to read full review]
Freya - London WC2

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