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Be Your Own Superhero Workshops

The Be Your Own Superhero workshops are among the most popular programs we run. The workshops are geared to specific age groups:

  • Be Your Own Superhero Women's Personal Safety & Self Defence
  • Be Your Own Superhero for Teen Girls (12-17)
  • Mother-Daughter Be Your Own Superhero (Ages 9+)

Workshops are between 2 and 3 hours long. For more information contact us! Check the Class Schedule to find out when the next course starts!


Be Your Own Superhero Women's Personal Safety and Self-Defence Workshop


The Be Your Own Superhero workshop is a 3-hour self defence primer designed to help you understand the key psychological and physical elements woman stop2that may arise in a potentially violent confrontation, and give you the chance to explore some simple, but effective defensive tools, strategies and options to help detect, defuse or escape those situations. Open to all self-identified women, we encourage you to discover and test drive the many tools in your self defence toolbox, including mental readiness, situational awareness, trusting your gut, verbal strategies and physical defence options. We keep it simple. There are no fancy techniques in the Be Your Own Superhero workshop, just basic kicks, strikes, escapes from grabs and holds and ground defences to give you personal safety options. No physical fitness, flexibility or skill level is required to take this short course in self defence essentials. You work with what you’ve got.

This workshop is about finding your voice, claiming safe space and being unapologetically good to yourself. Of course, we have a lot of fun hitting the pads, but we also want to help you reconnect your mind and spirit with your superpowers. An effective self defence course is one of the things every woman should take at least once. Contact Joan Helson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 902.830.6480 for more information about our programs and our approach to self defence instruction. As with all of the programs offered through Sisu Women’s Self defence, the Be Your Own Superhero women-centred workshop is created for women by a woman, and is taught by a female instructor. The Be Your Own Superhero workshop is offered as part of our regular, ongoing training series, as well as being available for private group sessions and corporate training programs.


Be Your Own Superhero for Teens (Ages 12-17) A Practical Self Defence Workshop for Young Women

The Be Your Own Superhero workshop for teens is a 3-hour, informative and hands-on self defence course designed to give young women ages 12-17 a look at some of the key mental and physical elements that can arise in a potentially violent situation and offers the chance to explore some simple but effective defensive skills to help detect, avoid, de-escalate or escape those situations. We encourage participants to discover and test drive the many tools in their self defence toolbox, including mental readiness, situational awareness, use of body language, verbal diffusion and physical defence strategies. This workshop is also offered as a specialized 2-hour session for pre-teen girls, ages 9-12.

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We keep it simple. There are no fancy techniques in the teen Be Your Own Superhero program, just basic low kicks, strikes, escapes from grabs and holds, and ground escapes to help you get out and get safe. No physical fitness, flexibility or skill level is required to take this short course in self defence essentials. You work with what you’ve got. In this teen-focused program, we deal with issues and scenarios that are of concern to teens and present options and ideas for dealing with difficult or threatening situations. This workshop is about finding your voice, claiming safe space and being unapologetically good to yourself. Of course, we have a lot of fun hitting the pads, but we'll also hope to help you reconnect your mind and spirit with the superpowers you may not even know you have!

As with all of the programs offered through Sisu Women’s Self defence, this workshop is created for women by a woman, and is taught by a female instructor. Be Your Own Superhero for teens has received great reviews from public and private schools in the Halifax Region and hundreds of teens, ages 12-17, who have taken this workshop.

The Be Your Own Superhero teen workshop is offered as part of our regular, ongoing training series, as well as being available for private workshops for teams, clubs, school groups and other groups. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.


Be Your Own Superhero Mother-Daughter Empowerment & Self Defence Workshop (Ages 9+)

The Mother-Daughter Be Your Own Superhero workshop is a fun 2-hour self defence class designed to help you understand some key mental and physical elements that can be part of potentially dangerous situations, and give you the chance to explore some simple but effective tools and strategies to help detect, avoid or escape those situations. We encourage you to discover and test drive the many tools in your self defence toolbox, including mental readiness, situational awareness, trusting your gut, using your voice and physical defence options. We keep it simple. There are no fancy techniques in the Be Your Own Superhero workshop, just basic kicks, strikes, escapes from grabs and holds and ground defences to give you personal safety options. No physical fitness, flexibility or skill level is required to take this short course in self defence essentials. You work with what you’ve got.

Why mother-daughter? So many times I hear women say "I really want my teen/pre-teen daughter to take a self defence class". I say why not take a class together? Want to talk to a pre-teen or teen girl in your life about personal safety? Make it empowering and fill it with good growth moments, not simply a discussion of Dos and Don'ts. Share some time together opening a dialog around claiming your voice, standing strong in your awesomeness and reconnecting with your superpowers. Of course, you don't have to be a mother-daughter team to join us on the mats. The workshop makes a great introduction to empowerment-based self defence regardless of age or fitness level. Put some mental and physical self defence skills in your life skills toolbox!

The mother-daughter workshop series is about finding your voice, creating safe space and being unapologetically good to yourself. Of course, we have a lot of fun hitting the pads, but we also want to help you reconnect your mind and spirit with your superpowers. An effective self defence course is one of the things every woman should take at least once. As with all of the programs offered through Sisu Women’s Self defence, the Be Your Own Superhero workshop is created for women by a woman, and is taught by a female instructor.