Self-Defense Workshops

The Community Safety Office is pleased to offer self-defense workshops throughout the year for University of Toronto community members.  

The purpose of these workshops is to offer community members an opportunity for empowerment, engagement, and connection while taking steps to learn or develop skills in keeping themselves aware and alert to potential harm.

Types of Self-Defense Workshops We Offer


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.

To learn more about Wen-Do check out this Video Introduction with Instructor Leslie!

Upcoming Wen-Do Workshops

Acts of Resistance

Acts of Resistance is a program for LGBTQ+ community members to heighten their sense of self-trust and awareness of their environment.  This workshop offers participants an opportunity to discuss personal safety issues and to practice easy to learn, easy to remember self-defense techniques.  The workshop reinforces the positive aspects of the way participants confront the threat of fear and violence in their lives.

Urban Self-Defense

Urban Self-Defense is a program designed for men to teach basic self-defense skills, as well as strategies for staying alert, aware and prepared in an urban environment.

To learn more about Urban Self-Defense check out this Introduction Video with instructor Shahid!

Upcoming Urban Self Defence Workshops

Hosting your own self-defense workshop

If your University of Toronto group or organization is interested in hosting its own Wen-Do or Acts of Resistance 3-hour taster session, the Community Safety Officer would be happy to assist you.

Please note that the Community Safety Office requires proof of the participation of at least ten attendees at your event if you are requesting reimbursement of the instructor’s fee.

Please see this document for suggestions for how you can successfully host your own session.  If you have any questions or require more information, please contact CSO Events.