Women’s Self Defence

Celebrating 50 Years in 2022

Upcoming Trainings

Wen-Do is Canada‘s oldest women’s self-defence organization. Wen-Do classes are currently taught online or in-person – please explore upcoming class opportunities for further information.

What is Wen-Do?

Wen-Do is a program designed for women by women. Techniques are designed for women of all ages, sizes, and abilities. A combination of discussion, with practical physical skills results in an integration of mental and physical preparedness.

News & Stories

Apologies for the downtime
Over the last few weeks, we had some issues with our web server which meant the website was inconsistently available. …
Camões TV’s Body & Soul program features Wen-Do instructor Leslie Allin
On April 12 2022, Leslie Allin spoke with Camões TV about Wen-Do Women’s Self-Defence and self-defence training especially designed for …
Cityline: How Women Can Assert Personal Boundaries
Leslie Allin was a guest on Cityline, Canada’s longest-running daytime talk show for women, on March 9, 2022. Tracy Moore …
A conversation with Flip the Script
Flip the Script Sexual Assault Resistance Education program is a 12-hour workshop at the University of Windsor. In February 2021, …


Meet some of our certified instructors.

Leslie Allin

For this university lecturer, Wen-Do is about bringing together an understanding of oppression and the practical tools to fight back.

Deb Chard

Long-time instructor working in high schools and with expertise serving women with mobility or visual disabilities.

Shailagh Keaney

Arts-based facilitator, social worker, psychotherapist and Wen-Do instructor with expertise working with queer communities.

“A wonderful instructor—skilled, patient, and engaging—and Wen-Do is fantastic! All women and girls should take it!”