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For women, by women

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Taught by an experienced female instructor, we provide courses in real-life self-defence for women and girls in Leicester and across the Midlands.

Courses and sessions are:


"Amazing techniques, the instructor was amazing.. it was absolutely perfect and I would have loved to do more lessons"

Megan, Women's Welfare Society, Nottingham Trent University


I'm passionate about equipping women and girls with the tools needed to defend themselves - learning these skills can not only improve confidence but help to heal past trauma.

My aim is to offer a safe, welcoming and friendly environment in which any woman can learn some self-defence, and leave feeling stronger and more empowered.

About the instructor

Defence4Women was founded by Tamsin Davis, herself an experienced martial artist and teacher of taekwon-do.


She was inspired to teach women self-defence after seeing the boost in confidence and self-esteem that her students found in practicing martial arts, and wanted to expand the opportunity to more women.

Although there is overlap, self-defence is different to learning a martial art. Self-defence deals with unpredictable real-life scenarios; the main techniques are simple and quick to grasp; you don’t need to be fit (it's not an exercise class!), and yet it can have the same empowering effect, allowing women to take back control of their lives.


Background & experience

Tamsin is a certified self-defence instructor with a nationally accredited BTEC Level 3 in Self-Defence.

Her background is in martial arts as a qualified instructor with the British Taekwondo Council, and a 4th Dan black belt in taekwon-do; she also trains in both kick boxing and Russian Systema self-defence.


As well as teaching self defence, she runs one of the only women-only taekwon-do clubs in the country and teaches at this and various other classes each week. She is fully DBS-checked and first aid trained.

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