Empowerment & Self Defence
A comprehensive trauma-informed method of learning emotional, mental & physical skills for personal safety
What is ESD?
Evade & Escape tactics
Finding your voice
Believing in yourself
Simple & effective
Easy to Apply
Works on any body type
What Makes ESD Unique?
- – Trauma-informed & student centred
- – Designed by women… specifically for women
- – Builds emotional resilience
- – Targets gender-based violence: the types of violence most commonly encountered
- – Principle based: skills for everyday life as well as threatening situations
- – Based on proven research & statistics
- – Combines emotional, mental & physical skills
- – Simple & effective physical techniques rather than complicated martial arts techniques
"The empowerment & embodied confidence that comes through connecting with your fighting spirit & learning physical self defence often makes your verbal skills more effective, decreasing the chances of ever having to use those physical skills." - L. Evans
What & How we Teach
“When a man says ‘no’ it’s the end of a discussion.
When a woman says ‘no’ it’s the beginning of a
– Gavin De Becker, ‘The Gift of Fear’
Research to support ESD
Graham, Embry et al. 2019. “Evaluations of Prevention Programs for Sexual, Dating, and Intimate Partner Violence for Boys and Men: A Systematic Review”
Hollander, Jocelyn A. 2014. “Does Self-Defense Training Prevent Sexual Violence Against Women?” Violence Against Women 20(3):252–269
Sarnquist, Clea et al. 2014. “Rape Prevention Through Empowerment of Adolescent Girls.” Pediatrics peds.2013–3414.
Senn, Charlene Y., Misha Eliasziw, Paula C. Barata, Wilfreda E. Thurston, Ian R. Newby-Clark, H. Lorraine Radtke, and Karen L. Hobden. 2015. “Efficacy of a Sexual Assault Resistance Program for University Women.” New England Journal of Medicine 372 (24): 2326–35.
Sinclair, Jake et al. 2013. “A Self-Defense Program Reduces the Incidence of Sexual Assault in Kenyan Adolescent Girls.” Journal of Adolescent Health 53(3):374–380.
Ullman, S. E. (1998). “Does offender violence escalate when women fight back?” – Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 13, 179-192
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