Womens' Only Self Defense
Saturday, Oct 14th, 21st, 28th, 2:30-4:30 pm, & Nov 4th, 2:30-5:30pm

This four-class workshop will cover the fundamentals of self-defense, from its legal context to decision-making, physical and verbal skills, and aftercare. The course structure will be as follows:

Day 1: self-defense law, violence dynamics, pattern recognition & awareness
Day 2: decision making, de-escalation
Day 3: Use of Force framework, physical skills
Day 4: scenarios (note that this will be a 3-hour day, instead of the usual 2 hours)

There will be ample opportunities for practice and discussion during the course, and a small amount of homework (no more than ~30 mins/week). On the final day, students will have the opportunity to participate in tactical self-defense scenarios. Scenarios are entirely optional, and students who have experience trauma or have concerns about engaging in realistic violence simulations are encouraged to talk to Kaja and Courtney at the start of the course.

All female- and femme-identified students are welcome to join us for this workshop, and no prior experience or fitness level is required.

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Instructors Courtney Rice and Kaja Sadowski

Violence Dynamics Vancouver
Friday-Sunday, December 1st-3rd. Early Bird registration opens June 1st!

Violence Dynamics is the study of violence and the people who inflict violence on others.Understanding how violence happens, how your body deals with violence, and how to choose and deploy an appropriate level of force in response is crucial if you want to survive a violent encounter. Real violence happens faster and harder than most people’s training takes into account.

The Violence Dynamics seminar (VioDy) takes principles and concepts that usually take professional users of force years to comprehend and distills them into a common language for dealing with violence.

Created in Minnesota in 2010 by Kasey Keckeisen, Rory Miller, and Marc MacYoung, VioDy has become an annual event, with spin-off seminars in Edmonton, AB, Oakland, CA, and Ashburn, VA. We are bringing VioDy to Vancouver for the first time in 2017.

Learn more!

Violence Dynamics Vancouver

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Past Workshops and Visiting Instructors

Visit our calendar to see what workshops we've hosted recently. If you see something you like, feel free to contact us and request that we run it again. We're always happy to revisit a popular topic!

Conlan Mansfield

Conlan Mansfield is a strength and conditioning coach from Vancouver, B.C. He has coached across the Pacific Northwest for the past six years, working with professional athletes, full-time parents, and inner-city youth. He loves building strength and inspiring others to do the same. Conlan has partnered with Valkyrie WMAA on a number of conditioning workshops that specifically benefit fencers, focusing on explosive leg strength and grip strength.

Guest Instructor Conlan Mansfield

F. Braun McAsh

Renowned historical swordsman and fight director F. Braun McAsh has spent over 40 years studying and teaching Western European sword work around the world, including serving in the military. Braun was incredibly influential in the early days of the now thriving WMA community in Vancouver. He used his formidable martial skill to inform his translations and interpretations of historical manuals, and helped to popularize the art through his work as an actor and fight choreographer on series such as Highlander. Braun has presented on German longsword and modern knife defense at Valkyrie WMAA.

F. Braun McAsh

Maija Soderholm

Maija Soderholm is one of the official lineage holders of Visayan Style Corto Kadena and Larga Mano Eskrima and an authorized teacher of the Yizong School system of Bagua Zhang, Xing-Yi, and Tai Ji. Maija is a formidable martial artist and the author of "The Liar, The Cheat and the Thief", which focuses on the role of deception in swordplay and other weapon work. Maija's material and teaching approach has had a substantial influence on our approach to knife work in particular, and she has taught on Filipino weapon play at Valkyrie WMAA.

Guy WIndsor

Guy is one of the foremost researchers and instructors of historical Italian martial arts, founder of The School of European Swordsmanship, and a prolific author of swordplay and physical training texts. Guy's work on the martial arts treatises of Fiore de'i Liberi, Ridolfo Capo Ferro, and Philippo di Vadi has been enormously influential in the Historical European Martial Arts community, and forms the base curriculum of schools around the world. He visited Valkyrie WMAA in 2017 to teach a weekend-long workshop series on Italian longsword.

Guy Windsor with a longsword

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