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Wen-Do
Women’s Self Defence

Upcoming Trainings

Wen-Do is Canada‘s oldest women’s self defence organization. Classes are currently taught online by experienced instructors.

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

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 …
Wen-Do teaches Laurier Brantford women physical and mental strength
By Sara Mathov-Olszewicki for DMJ Zone She does a full, fold wrap squeeze, thumb on the outside, drops her fist …
Laurier hosts Wen-Do self defence classes
By Olivia Jones for The Cord On Wednesday Jan. 23, the first class of a five-week series of Wen-Do Women’s …

Instructors

Meet some of our certified instructors.

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Leslie Allin

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

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Deb Chard

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

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Shailagh Keaney

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

“By standing up for myself and giving myself permission to defend myself, especially against friends, I give myself my respect and dignity and they have no choice but to respect me for it too. I know it seems obvious, but this was like a little eye-opening epiphany for me. I don’t owe men anything. If they want my respect, they will earn it. They will get it when I want to give it and not a moment sooner. Thank you.”