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Training Overview

About Protect Self Defence programmes and classes

Protect is a real-world self-defence system designed for people of every age, shape, size, and ability. There is no special physical training required - just the desire to learn how to protect yourself, your family and loved ones.


Protect realistically addresses the physical as well as the often-neglected psychological, behavioural and emotional components of violent confrontations. Our principles are based on natural patterns of psychological and physical defences, as well as human behaviour in relation to predatory manipulation, extreme violence, aggression, desperation, drugs and alcohol. 


Protect’s concepts are easy to learn, with a simple and relevant approach to theory, and simple exercises that are quickly mastered and readily retained when they are needed. Participants can choose the level of physicality and intensity according to the courses that they select and the level of participation and involvement they wish to employ.


For the public, core courses such as Safe For Life and Best Defence cater to the broadest possible range of adult participants. Those wanting a higher level of expertise can participate in Best Defence advanced courses. 


The Guardian Angel course caters for kids from 7-13, is completely unique to Protect and is the most cutting edge course available to teach kids to stay safe, without any of the all-too-common scare tactics and fear mongering. The focus of Guardian Angel is on empowerment and giving kids the skills and confidence to recognise danger and take the required action to protect their safety. 


All of our programmes are comprehensive and address self protection holistically to give participants complete value that can be applied immediately. Protect’s programmes are not based on martial arts or aggression. There are no belts, no uniforms, no difficult memorised movements, no competitions and no politics. 


"To us, self defence is about getting you home safely to your family. It's not all about technical application, because in reality the technical stuff - fancy moves, in other words - usually fails. Our focus is on staying safe from violence either by avoiding it, diffusing it, or if necessary physically defending against it as efficiently and effectively as possible. All of our training is designed to help people live more empowered, confident lives free from un-warranted fear and worry.” Protect co-founder and director, Phil Thompson 

Choose a Protect Self Defence Programme:


Safe for Life

Self protection, confidence and empowerment skills for women. more


Best Defence

Avoidance, Diffusion and the Skills to Defend. more


Guardian Angel

Child safety and self protection programme. more


Corporate Courses

Courses, workshops and seminars for business nationwide. more


Schools and Organisations

Courses for schools throughout NZ for students and staff. more


Group Classes

Regular group classes – Train as much or as little as you like. more

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