Safe For Life: Women’s Self Defence Course


Self defence, confidence and empowerment skills for women

Every woman deserves to live a life free from unnecessary fear and worry. And that's what Protect's 1-day Safe For Life programme, which caters exclusively to the self-protection requirements of women, can give you.

Violence against women is an unfortunate reality of modern life. While we hope it will never happen to us, the truth is that an incident of violence against a woman occurs approximately every 23 minutes in New Zealand. A rape or sexual assault occurs every few hours. Currently 1 in 4 women in NZ are sexually assaulted before the age of 16, and approx 1 in 3 are sexually assaulted in their lifetime. Safe For Life exists to reduce these statistics.

Live a life of freedom without the threat of physical or sexual abuse and scare tactics – This course is a totally new approach to self-protection that gives you the ability to identify and diffuse potentially dangerous situations before they even occur. This comprehensive 6.5 hour course will teach you to understand the psychology and behavioural patterns and techniques of potential attackers, and maximise your ability to recognise and avoid danger at the earliest possible stages. The psychological component of self defence for women is especially important, because the reality is that not all assaults simply come out of the blue: in fact, the majority of sexual attackers are already known to the woman.

A physical response is only ever a last resort, usually when there is no other option. But should that become necessary, Safe For Life will equip you with easy to learn, highly effective physical defence skills which work under pressure and stress in any situation against a larger and stronger male.

Safe For Life has been designed by Protect's senior trainers, including consultation from our partners in Women's Refuge, Rape Crisis, NZ Police and is based on research from our work with hundreds of female survivors of all types of violence.

Safe For Life is the only programme endorsed by Rape Prevention Education (formerly Rape Crises) and has helped empower thousands of women with the skills and confidence to stay safe.

This course is attended by women who are looking to ensure that they never become victims of sexual violence, assault, or any other form of violence and by survivors of past assaults looking to ensure that it never happens to them again. Safe For Life helps to eliminate un-warranted fear and worry by instilling confidence, awareness and empowerment. This is a real-life programme open to women of all ages (14+), sizes and levels of physical ability.

Just a few of the things you will learn at Safe For Life:

  • The most common manipulation techniques used by males against females to gain control over them and lure them into dangerous situations. Once you know these you will recognise them in almost every story of predatory assault you ever hear. Recognise them at their earliest point to stay safe!
  • Understanding the psychology of fear and how to use it to your advantage.
  • The two types of predators you could face, how they operate, and how to defend against them both.
  • Ensuring your heightened awareness does not become un-necessary fear or worry, but instead confidence, self-belief and empowerment.
  • The most common myths about women’s self defence dispelled so you will be prepared with the most effective, relevant, and proven strategies to protect yourself and your loved ones.
  • How to de-escalate and defuse potentially violent situations.
  • Highly effective physical responses which work against anyone including much larger, stronger and aggressive males in any situation, under extreme fear and pressure.
  • Dealing with the post-event issues.

Taught in a highly supportive, positive and professional environment, Protect's Safe For Life is a comprehensive course that gives you all of the above and A LOT MORE.


To find out more about Safe for Life, get in touch with us today




Best Defence


Best Defence is Protect's complete reality-based self-protection programme - open to adults of all ages, from all walks of life. Best Defence lays a foundation for recognising and understanding confrontation and violence, as well as teaching you the skills to diffuse and the techniques to defend.

Best Defence is offered as a series of three interactive seminars that can take you from the building blocks of de-escalation strategies and real-world physical defence, right through to defence against weapons, Senshido’s renowned 'shredder' concept, and an advanced programme that deals with defence against firearms and multiple attackers.

You do not need to book all three courses at once. Participants are welcome to attend only Best Defence, and can choose whether to undertake the Advanced and Max courses once it is completed.

Women who have completed Protect's Safe For Life programme are also welcome to join Best Defence at any level.

With a strong focus on recognising and preventing violence where possible in the early stages of a confrontation, Best Defence includes training on avoidance and awareness strategies, de-escalation and diffusion, and physical defence concepts and techniques.

Protect uses a training method called 'alive', which ensures that participants receive training and skills that can be applied immediately.

No special physical training is required to take part in this real-world self-defence course. In the words of Protect founder Phil Thomson: "If you can reach up and get a glass out of a cupboard, then you are fit enough to get involved in Best Defence".

To find out more about Best Defence, make an enquiry




Guardian Angel


Child safety and empowerment programme

Guardian Angel is a unique and innovative programme by Protect that aims to inform and empower young people, while avoiding the classic pitfall of so many child-safety courses: instilling fear into young minds.

The ethos of Guardian Angel is simple. It teaches children that most people are good people who would never hurt a child, but that there are some dangerous people out there that they need to be aware of.

By teaching kids to recognise the most common ‘lures’ and manipulation techniques used by predators, children emerge feeling more confident about the world and safer in the knowledge that they know who to trust. A confident, alert and communicative young person is far more able to avoid child abuse, predatory assault - and simply stay safe.

In particular, Guardian Angel eschews the old adage of 'stranger danger'. With over 90 percent of offenders known to the child or the child’s family, making kids fearful of strangers when they might need to ask one for help, is a mistake and can actually make them more vulnerable. Empowerment and confidence are the main messages of this course, not mystery and mistrust.

This unique course was designed by Protect founder Phil Thompson, New Zealand’s leading expert on self defence/self protection for children, and author of the highly influential book ‘Empower your kids to be safe...For life’. Phil has helped empower thousands of people to live more confident, empowered, and safe lives free from un-necessary fear and worry.

Parents and/or caregivers take part in the Guardian Angel programme with their kids. It is an engaging, practical short course, which teaches child safety and child self-protection techniques through fun games and exercises.

Guardian Angel is a new approach to child safety that enables parents and/or caregivers to rest easier, in the knowledge that their kids are living fun, fantastic lives and have the emotional and physical skills to deal with danger.

To find out more about Guardian Angel, make an enquiry





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