Welcome to Women's Self Defense Boston. We offer FREE self-defense training
(our course and classes are completely free)
to women living in Massachusetts - every Saturday 10:00 am to 11:00 am. There
are no commitments, no hidden costs etc our classes are 100% free. We teach
Krav Maga Yashir a self-defense system developed in Israel that is used by the
IDF (Israeli Defense Forces); our approach is instinctive, direct and highly
effective. You can book a class by going to the calendar at the bottom of this page.
We break self-defense training down into two parts. The first part is what we
term "Self Protection"; this is all the head knowledge, non-physical strategies
and tactics you can use to avoid and predict violence (our program is based on
the SEPS - Situation Effective Protection System - approach that aims to
educate individuals as to the motivations and dynamics of violent situations).
The second part is the physical self-defense component i.e. what happens when
you can't predict or avoid violent behavior and need to physically deal with an
aggressor/assailant. This part is based on
Krav Maga Yashir
- an Israeli martial art that has the aim of Survival (Hisardut is the Israeli
term for Survival) as its goal.
Why do we offer this program as free? Our aim is not to give any women in the
Massachusetts area a reason for not spending some time learning how to protect
themselves - and those they have responsibility for. We feel this
responsibility and believe you should feel it for yourself.
We will teach you how to predict violence, understand the verbal cues and
methods that predatory individuals use. We will educate you as to the warning
signs regarding potential partners who may end up becoming obsessive,
manipulative etc and eventually stalking you. We will train you as to how to
deal with physical assaults and develop a survival mindset that will keep you
fighting when your natural inclination is to give up. These are not empty words
or promises and because we are not "selling" you anything you can be assured
this is not a sale pitch.
You will be hard pressed to find a classes that are a comprehensive in their
approach to handling violenec or instructors who have a similar pedigree.
Head Instructor of the school is Gershon Ben Keren, a 3rd Degree Black Belt in
Krav Maga Yashir, a member of the Israeli Museum of Martial Arts, a National
Judo Champion and a Martial Arts Hall of Fame Representative. An instructor
with over 20 years experience teaching civilians and elite law
enforcement/military individuals etc.
Our program is "Scenario Based" in that we don't just teach technique(s) we teach the application of them i.e. when they will be effective,
when they shouldn't be used and when various situations will color their use. Our program is an education
into violence not simply a "how to" of self-defense.
We use "Redman" Scenario based training suits - these are the protective suits you see in the photos (and which are used by military and law enforcement
trainers) - which allow us to use "real force" when training
without the risk of injury etc. This is one of the things which makes our training both effective and realistic and allows us to blend the
"Self Protection" piece seamlessly with the "Self Defense" piece.
If you want to register your place for an introductory class (you only have to do this once) please use our online booking system below -
you have the opportunity to book/try out one of our regular self-defense classes as well. Our Women's Self Defense program is
every Saturday 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Once you have booked you will receive instructions in your confirmation email.
Book A Class
Each person who is wishing to attend a class for the first time, must book i.e. no group bookings. You need do this only once.
After booking you will receive a confirmation
email. If you later need to cancel your class, you will find a link in that email. We limit the number of "first timers" in each class,
to ensure that everyone has a good experience of the training therefore failing to attend a class without cancelling could be denying
someone of a place. The only Saturdays there are no classes for first-time students is when we are conducting Redman Training sessions (or
on Federal Holidays). For more information about Redman Classes please click here.
Unfortunately we are unable to provide childcare solutions, and whilst we recognize the difficulties this may provide to women
wanting to attend, as a free program, with no outside funding we do not have the resources to provide professional childcare
for the children of women attending our classes - neither can we allow unsupervised children to be in our gym area/space
whilst these classes are running. If this prevents you from attending you can access all of our course materials for these classes
by clicking here