Where to Learn Self-Defence in Calgary

It’s one thing to wonder how you would react when faced with a dangerous encounter. It is another thing entirely to know how to react. These six companies in Calgary teach self-defence.

Illustration by Pablo Iglesias.


Safe4Life believes having a safety plan for yourself and your loved ones will help you prepare and avoid uncomfortable, potentially dangerous situations when they occur. The company offers classes in various venues for children as young as three years old, as well as teens, adults, seniors 
and children with disabilities. They will also come to you.




Offering small group classes so you can maximize your ability to learn real life-saving skills, LifeArmourYYC leaves students with 
the knowledge of 
how to detect danger, understand their own fear, responsibilities of self defence and why avoiding confrontation 
is always better.

2880 45 Ave. S.E., 



At RDW, the main goal of self defence is to be able to remove oneself from a dangerous situation quickly and effectively. It believes self defence isn’t about fighting, but rather it is continuous training to learn life skills such as conflict management, respect and positivity that will give you the ability to effectively manage conflicts when they arise.

2, 110 Commercial Dr., Springbank, 



Empowerment Inc. focuses on assertiveness and self-defence coaching and training. Offering coaching, courses, speaking engagements and resources to its students, it believes transformational empowerment must include mental, emotional and physical components. Empowerment Inc. hosts courses at your location (private, corporate, families or groups).





With kids’ martial arts, adult tae kwon do, and family martial arts classes, Master Rim’s Taekwondo provides students with the confidence, self-esteem, discipline and self-control they need to defend themselves in a variety
of situations.

330, 12024 Sarcee Tr. N.W., 587-535-6560 and 1102, 288 St. Moritz Dr. S.W., 403-460-2472, 




Studios Group Martial Arts specializes in teaching women self-defence methods such as using and reading body language, protecting yourself against assailants of all sizes and feeling safe and confident regardless of where you are. Women’s self-defence classes are available on the last Wednesday of each month from 8 to 
10 p.m.

Fish Creek Sports Club 1, 259 Midpark Way S.E., 403-510-8787, sgma.ca


From the Urban Survival Guide in Avenue Calgary’s January 2019 issue.

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This article appears in the January 2019 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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