Women's Self Defense Class

Red Boxing Gloves

The Self-Defense Awareness and Fight Education (S.A.F.E.) a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. It is a comprehensive course for women.  It begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training.

S.A.F.E. is not a martial arts program. The course is taught by certified S.A.F.E. instructors and provides a workbook/reference manual. The growing, widespread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity and effectiveness of our tactics, solid research, and unique teaching methodology. Our system of realistic defense will provide a woman with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance.

“Your mind-set is your primary weapon”- Jeff Cooper



Course Description – 12 hour basic physical defense class

Session 1:

  • Utilizing the S.A.F.E. student manual, students will be involved in a discussion of risk reduction strategies, date rape, continuum of survival, defensive strategies and the basic principles of defense.
  • Participating students will begin the process of hands on training. How to develop a defensive mindset, understanding offensive and defensive postures, recognizing vulnerable locations and utilizing personal weapons.

Session 2:

  • Our sessions are designed so that all participants perform within and at their own limitations.
  • Participating students will continue the process of hands on training. The techniques utilized by S.A.F.E. are based on simple gross motor skills and are developed to become instinctual through repetition. There is also discussion of the pros and cons of defensive weaponry.
  • Students will have the opportunity to use these techniques in dynamic impact training by striking padded equipment held by the instructors. All techniques target a single attacker.

Session 3:

  • Students will review techniques that were presented in the previous class.
  • Optional - Students then participate in “simulated assault” scenarios with S.A.F.E. instructors, who along with participants, wear state-of-the-art protective gear specifically designed for this training. Women have the opportunity to utilize their skills in a safe training environment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be an Oro Valley resident in order to participate?

No, S.A.F.E. is open to all women.

Is there a fee for the class?

No, OVPD offers the class to you free of charge.

Is there a minimum/maximum age?

Yes there is a minimum age. Ages 15-17 can participate with signed parental consent form. Ages 18 and up have no restrictions.


Are children allowed to attend/watch?

No, although class is an informal setting we ask that participants respect the fact that former victims may be in your class and certain discussions or tactics used may initiate unexpected responses and feelings.

I am expecting, can I still attend?

Yes, you are permitted to attend but not participate in any physical activity you are not comfortable with. Injuries are managed the same way. In order to participate, it is asked that you have medical clearance for all recent/current injuries.


Can my husband, boyfriend, father, or male friend observe class with me?

With the exception of our male instructors, there are absolutely no males permitted in the classes or class areas.

Do I have to attend all 3 classes?

Yes. Each session covers different material, so please ensure you are able to commit to all 3 sessions.


What should I wear/bring?

Participants should wear comfortable workout type attire with athletic/tennis shoes; no sandals or flip flops please. Please bring water. Snacks and food are allowed.

“The essential thing is to bear always in mind that trouble can appear at any time. Be aware. Be ready. Be alert.” - Jeff Cooper

For more information please contact the Oro Valley Police Department Community Resource Unit at (520) 229-5080.