Basic Self Defense (SD101)

Course Price: $75
Course Times: 8 hours
Course Designer: Dave Jenkins

In this class, you will learn more about body language, non-verbal communication, and pre-attack indicators. We will also talk about how the predators among us use what is called "Target Selection" in picking a victim, and how to work on minimizing it. Physiological and psychological reactions to an attack will be discussed, as well.  Participants will also learn some basic skills to counteract an aggressor's actions.

Subjects Covered:

Techniques include:

  • Building a "Winning Mindset" (some call it a 'Survivor's Mindset')
  • Movement and positioning in varying situations
  • Learning to counter the most basic and common attacks (wrist grabs, hair pulls, punches, etc)
  • Situational scenarios

  • Required Equipment:
    • Comfortable clothing (jeans or sweats), T shirt or sweatshirt, and sneakers.
    • No high heels, sandals, flip flops, or hard-soled shoes.

    You will be working in close proximity with others, so good grooming and appropriate clothing is appreciated.


    This class is on the low end of being physically demanding. If you have any questions about preexisting injuries or limitations, please contact us before registering.


    Frequently Asked Questions



    I found Dave through his website when I was looking for a class in self defense. I'm a senior in highschool and want to be able to look after myself when I go to college. After talking to him, I attended his Basic Self Defense class and was, well, surprised at myself. What he talked about made me think (I guess that's the idea) and made me realize how easy it was to not pay attention to stuff going on around you. I was actually worried about the skills as I had never done anything like this before. When it came time to use my skills on Dave (in his HUGE padded suit!!) I was so nervous I felt I was shaking. After three tries, I got it right and nailed him right where I needed to!! Once I got it, I could not stop, I wanted another turn, and another, and... well, I had to stop soon. I think now my Dad wants to take a class after seeing what it did for me! All I can say is that I got more than I expected, and want to keep going. Thanks Dave!

    - A.M. - Fairport, NY

    Thanks so much for the course today! It was wonderful. Beforehand, I was afraid the instructors would be macho guys like the ones who taught the hunter safety course I went to. You can imagine how glad I was to find you an encouraging and confidence-boosting person who wasn't about to make fun of me for not knowing something! In fact there are a lot of things I was afraid of before that do not scare me anymore. I think the biggest thing I learned is not so much that I can and should do something in the event that I am attacked, but what some of my options are and confidence. If I had been attacked before this, I would likely have frozen thinking, "I should know what to do! I have to do something or this will be my fault!" but draw a complete blank on workable options. Now I know some options and I am excited about learning and practicing more in the near future. I may never have been attacked, but there have been times that fear and emotional intimidation of others has overpowered me because I was afraid it could become physical. It will not happen again though, because I know I can win if someone does resort to physical methods. You may never know what this has done for me, but THANK YOU!

    - - , NY

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