Self Defense Training
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What we offer

Our classes can help you build mental resiliency, learn crisis management techniques, and gain the skills needed to defend yourself effectively in real world scenarios. Scroll below to learn more about our programing, view our upcoming classes, and register for a session today! 


The majority of self defense courses are aimed mostly at providing physical techniques for public encounters in use against would be muggers and alley way predators. Though unknown assailants are a potential danger and we do cover these scenarios, you are much more likely to encounter violence or abuse from someone you love or are familiar with. 


This often complicates matters greatly and makes it a lot more difficult to remove yourself from the situation or utilize physical defense techniques learned in a traditional self defense setting.


By designing our programming specifically for the needs of the people in our community who are at risk the most and supplying them with skills that can be utilized before, during, and after a crisis or traumatic event we believe that we can help prevent instances of violence or abuse for those who may have never experienced them and help those who have heal and gain confidence and empowerment in having the skills and tools to navigate crisis and rewrite their narrative for a life free of violence or abuse. 


Soteria works to be culturally sensitive and create a safe and inclusive environment for the BIPOC, LGBTQIA communities, and people with disabilities. Courses tailored to focus on these communities' needs are available, as are individual private training and customized group course options. Please contact us with questions or to discuss training options that are right for you. 

free 10 week course


winter session starting​

mid january

on milwaukee's south side

mondays weekly 

date/time tbd - check back!

attendees must preregister

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is self defense effective?

  • Three independent studies concluded that women who complete a self-defense course are at least 50-60% less likely to be raped and are 33% less likely to report that someone had attempted to rape them.

  • Self-defense techniques do not increase the likelihood of injury during an attack, and many women who resist using techniques from self-defense classes have a reduced risk of personal injury during an attack.

Jocelyn A. Hollander, Ph.D. - University of Oregon

Dept. of Sociology, Studies on self defense

what you will learn in our course

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