Women’s Self Defence

Marking Over 50 Years in 2023

Upcoming Trainings

Wen-Do instructors are currently teaching online and/or in-person. To explore upcoming courses, click on the ‘Start Training’ button below. If no upcoming courses are listed, please email lesliekallin@gmail.com to join our course notification list. For all other information, please email wendoinfo@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook.

What is Wen-Do?

Wen-Do is Canada‘s oldest women’s self-defence organization. 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

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, …
Wen-Do in Eastern Europe
Our Bodies, Our Wen-Do By Hanna Liubakova for Transitions With domestic violence rates in Belarus among the highest in Europe …


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 (Shaiden) Keaney

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

Wen-Do Women’s Self-Defence acknowledges that the training we provide takes place on unceded Indigenous lands across Canada and beyond. We honour and respect the traditional caretakers of these lands, and are committed to an anti-oppression analysis in our classes.