Self-Defence Classes in Edinburgh

for women and girls aged 12+

We'll teach you how to recognise and avoid dangerous situations and how to defend yourself in the event that you are attacked.

Our next workshop will take place on Sunday the 4th September, 11am - 4pm. If you can't make this date join our waitlist below and you'll be first to hear about the next one.

This is a one day workshop and lunch is included in the price.

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You'll walk away

  • feeling more confident
  • with increased self-esteem
  • feeling more street aware and knowing how to avoid dangerous situations
  • knowing how to defend yourself
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We'll teach you and your teenage girls techniques to handle an attack independently. You'll learn how to keep calm and be strategic about your response.

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What we will cover:

  • How to react in stressful / potentially threatening situations
  • How to keep awareness of your surroundings 
  • Basic striking techniques 
  • Some real-world scenarios: partner work 
  • Where to strike on the body of an attacker 
  • Disengagement techniques 
  • Self-defence tools and skills 
  • Identifying and avoiding risks 

What to bring:

  • A Yoga mat
  • Water bottle 
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Face mask (if you wish) 

This is a contact workshop which means you will have to physically touch other people.

But don't worry, we're not getting into any fights. Self-defence is knowing how to get out of a dangerous situation rather than try and fight.

fitandhappy coach Amanda Linekar

Meet your teacher Amanda:

I started Japanese Shotokan Karate at the age of 7 and never looked back. I was hooked, I loved the culture, friendship, athleticism and self-confidence that was provided to me. Karate is all about having an open mind free of judgement and a willingness to learn. 

Karate incorporates self-defence methods from the very beginning, learning to strike and to block are the fundamentals of defending yourself.

I started helping out at my club's self-defence classes at the age of 12. As my coaching developed, I started teaching my own classes and hosted women's self-defence classes in the evenings throughout my university studies.

I've worked with police to hold self-defence workshops for female students and taught classes and workshops throughout my travels by pairing up with other martial arts coaches. 

It's incredible to see the change in someone after a workshop, they leave feeling more self-confident and usually with a smile on their face. Yes, we are learning how to defend ourselves but we do have a lot of fun in the process... it's not all doom and gloom.

When it comes to defending yourself don't panic if you haven't spent your life studying a martial art, there are some simple yet extremely effective skills that you can learn to protect yourself if the need ever arises.

Come along and enjoy the fun and educational workshop, I can't wait to see you all.

The Venue - Biscuit Factory, Edinburgh Leith

We're very lucky to have found this unique venue. There'll be self-defence, lunch, laughter and of course coffee...

All in the company of great women.

self-defence workshop for women in Edinburgh

Meet us at The Biscuit Factory, 4-6 Anderson Pl, Edinburgh EH6 5NP

Can't make this one? Join our waitlist for the next workshop