Self defense classes

Self-defense classes

This workshop is a combination of lecture and hands-on practice that will focus on situational awareness and practical tactics that can help you avoid unfortunate situations. Classes are open to everyone 13+ years.

Benefits of learning self-defense


  • Increase confidence to feel safer in your daily activities
  • Develop skills and strategies to recognize and avoid unsafe situations
  • Practice the skills required to defend one’s self
  • Get instructor help with specific situations that may cause you concern
  • Physical and mental health

Types of self-defense classes


You can register online, in person at our Recreation facilities, or by calling
403-268-3800.

Fall registration for self-defense classes is now open.

Winter registration for self-defense classes will begin Nov. 29, 2022:

  • Online - please note updated time: 6 a.m. (online waiting room opens at 5:30 a.m.)
  • In person: at any City-operated ​Aquatic Recreation facility or Arts Centre during posted business hours
  • By phone: Call the Customer Service Centre at 403-268-3800 (press option 1) - 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday to Friday

About our self-defense instructors


  • Certification and/or advanced training in Self Defense
  • Previous leadership and instructional expertise
  • Ability to teach all levels and ages
  • Standard first-aid, CPR, AED, police checks
  • Instructors may teach skills from various martial arts and how to apply them

What are classes like?


Our workshops are open to all levels of fitness, experience and genders - ages 13+ years. Previous martial arts experience is not required.

Workshops run 2 - 3 hours. They include a lecture component, hands-on skills, practical tactics and situational awareness training. Instructors will adapt the class to focus on the areas of concern that participants have.

Come prepared


  • Bring a water bottle
  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Bring clean, indoor athletic shoes that have not been worn outdoors
  • *Bring a note pad. (Optional)

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