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 …


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.

“This course changed my life completely. It made me become very confident and helped me feel in control of my life again for the first time since what happened to me. My instructor was so supportive and made us all feel comfortable! As well, every woman taking the course, they became like a group of close friends. This course truly changes lives, makes women feel strong again, and helps so much to feel comfortable in our own skin. Thank you so much for everything.”