Kicking off this month, Brampton’s Academy for Martial Arts will be hosting women’s self-defence classes.

The four-week class will focus on helping women learn skills to stay safe and defend themselves when necessary. The class puts a big emphasis on empowering women to use their voices and body language to de-escalate situations or remove themselves from potentially dangerous spots.

“Self-defence isn’t just about kicking and punching. It’s important that we learn to use our body language and tone of voice to send boundaries before it becomes physical,” says Sensei Sue, one of the instructors for the class.

Participants will also learn how to use self-awareness to identify conflict, how to escape from physical attacks and how to strike safely and effectively.

Classes will be run primarily with female instructors, with male instructors available to act out scenarios, providing participants with the opportunity to put into action some of the things they’ll learn.

The four-week class, which is just $96, starts October 22 and runs four consecutive weeks from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Women age 15 and older can¬†participate.¬†Classes will be hosted weekly at AMA’s location at 13 Fisherman Drive. Spaces are limited, find out more here.