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. 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

November 22, 2023 – The New Classical FM & Zoomer Radio features Wen-Do senior instructor Deb Chard
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 (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.