Women and Girls' Self Defence  

Bell Murphy is an accredited member of the Womens' Self Defence Network-Wāhine Toa teaching a range of programmes in Dunedin and wider Otago.

These comprehensive workshops teach skills for safety in a fun, supportive way. Learn and practice simple techniques—mental, verbal and physical—which anyone can use for staying safe and empowered no matter how big or little they are and no matter how big or strong an attacker might be. By sharing ideas and suggestions (rather than a list of do's and don'ts) these courses increase our options and confidence for how to effectively resist abuse in a range of situations (strangers in public, people we know indoors and in our relationships). No experience needed. All women and girls including transgender/takatāpui, of all ages and abilities warmly welcome.
Learn about:

The power of body-language and voice

Positive assertiveness, self-esteem and confidence

Physical self-defence techniques: (kicks, punches, blocks, ground defence, strangle/grab releases and more)

Healthy and respectful relationships

Knowing your rights, finding support and supporting others

Course lengths, prices, target groups, and venues vary and can be tailor made to suit a group's needs. Many courses qualify for funding so are free to participants.
For more information email: selfdefencegrrrl@gmail.com and check out the up coming courses below!


  • New research shows positive impacts of our programmes.

    19 April at 21:25 from atlas

    Skills for Safety: An evaluation of the Value, impact and outcomes of girl's and women's self defence in the community. ...

  • Women's Self Defence on the Otago Peninsula

    19 April at 21:15 from atlas

    An interview about a women's course in Portobello, Otago, May 29th, 9-5 pm. For more info email selfdefencegrrrl@gmail.com


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