Age-appropriate personal safety education classes work to strengthen children’s emotional and psychological integrity and to develop smart safety habits when dealing with strangers and people they know. Training covers awareness and avoidance of danger, how to make themselves unattractive targets for crime, emotional and physical boundary setting skills, and how to strike and flee to safety when necessary. Students learn how to confront unkind words and exclusionary behavior, stop unwelcome attention and inappropriate physical contact, and access appropriate adult help. All skills are practiced in interactive scenarios with one-on-one coaching from instructors.


Promoting empowerment, self reliance, and leadership: Our workshops are designed to empower students and enhance their personal safety. Skills are taught using real life scenarios that recreate the type of challenges that children are likely to encounter. Scenarios include bullying, teasing, peer pressure, and unwelcome attention.


Our approach to education emphasizes better communication skills as the foundation for personal safety. Students learn how to recognize and protect their emotional and physical integrity by practicing communication skills to express difficult thoughts and feelings. Students learn through success and gain confidence in their ability to handle themselves in challenging situations. 


Teaching boundary setting skills: Our hands-on approach emphasizes practice in realistic role-playing scenarios.  By rehearsing in a safe environment, students experience what it feels like to stand up for themselves in a wide variety of uncomfortable situations. They become comfortable and adept at saying “no” when they mean no and saying, “yes” when they mean yes. 


Physical Boundaries with Strangers - Students learn how to:

  • recognize danger from a distance
  • use street-smart behavior including body language and awareness to avoid being targeted for assault
  • verbally and physically enforce boundaries
  • deal with bullies and hate crimes

Physical and Emotional Boundaries with People We Know - Students learn how to:

  • recognize the stages of progressive boundary violation that can result in inappropriate touch or other physical assault
  • deal with peer pressure, drug use, and inappropriate risk taking
  • identify what verbal and physical options and strategies are successful in stopping boundary violation at any stage 
  • take preventative measures and apply commonsense rules



What is “Personal Safety”? 

We define personal safety in a broad context.  Personal safety is external awareness of our environment, choices about how we behave, how we speak to others, and how we let others speak to us. In its simplest sense, it is the set of skills needed to set limits in situations that make us uncomfortable or are potentially dangerous. It includes how we feel about ourselves (self esteem, self efficacy, and confidence), how we relate to our bodies, and how to trust our instincts.


How do you teach personal safety skills to children?

Our educational model emphasizes concept-based learned reinforced by repetitive role-plays.  We teach by positive reinforcement and learning through success.  Simple safety rules are presented in a straightforward and understandable manner. All of the teaching material is age-appropriate so students can easily learn the information. The curriculum follows the recommendations of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.


How can this program lower children’s anxiety?

Giving children information about safety is part of our responsibility as adults. Education does not raise children’s anxiety; it actually can lower anxiety by providing them with a plan and teaching them self-reliance. Teaching self-defense is similar to teaching your children other safety skills, such as how to cross the street or how to use a kitchen knife. It is not necessary to discuss the details of being hit by a car or cut by a sharp knife to learn safe conduct, just as it is not necessary to discuss the details of child abuse or molestation to learn self defense.


Schedule Information:


Class: Mixed gender, grades 1-5



Saturday, January 13th, 2018

1:30 - 4:30 pm 


Sunday, January 14th, 2018

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 (must attend both days)



3228 SE 21st Ave. (Academy of Kung Fu) - Portland, OR 



$150 per child

$275 for two children (siblings or friends)

$125 per child for three of more children (siblings or friends)