WAVE is a practical and empowering safety and self-defense program offered throughout the Philadelphia region. We teach safety strategies that participants can use in situations ranging from verbal harassment to physical assault.
WAVE classes emphasize awareness, trusting your instincts, boundary setting, verbal assertiveness, and easy-to-learn physical techniques. Our classes are participatory, energizing and confidence-building.
WAVE is based on the Empowerment Model of Self-Defense. We believe that people should have accurate information about gender-based violence; that perpetrators, not victims, are responsible for violence; that people should decide what is best for them in any given situation, including the decision not to fight back; and that all of us are worth defending and have the right to do so.
Our students are primarily women, girls, transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. We strongly encourage people of all genders, skills, abilities, sizes and body types to participate in our classes.
What You Will Learn in a WAVE Class
You will learn a variety of options and techniques for staying safe including:
- Prevention and awareness strategies to avoid and get away from unsafe situations
- Assertiveness and verbal communication skills to help set boundaries and speak up for yourself and others
- Powerful, easy-to-learn physical techniques to defend against assaults
Classes are interactive, participatory, and combine physical activities with interactive discussions, role plays, practice drills and reflection.
Class, Workshops and Fees
We offer programming to both individuals and groups. In addition to our regularly scheduled classes open to the public, we offer safety and self-defense programs to corporations, schools, nonprofits and private groups. These classes are customized to meet each organization’s needs. Cost varies based on the length of the program.
WAVE is looking for confident, caring and dedicated individuals to volunteer their time to teach our empowerment self-defense classes to individuals throughout the Philadelphia area.
In order to be a WAVE instructor you must:
- Be 18 or older
- Have attended a WAVE class or workshop (or an equivalent self-defense workshop elsewhere)
- Be able to commit to at least one class a month for 1 year
Selected participants will undergo a 6-9 hour Assistant Instructor training and evaluation process. New teachers start by assistant teaching in programs before becoming a lead teacher.
For more information about WAVE, contact us at 215.564.5301 x 113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.