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WAVE Self-Defense

Empowerment through Self-Defense

WAVE is a practical and empowering safety and self-defense program open to students throughout the Philadelphia region.  We teach safety strategies that students 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.


Upcoming workshops

There are no open classes currently scheduled at this time. Email or join WIT’s mailing list to get advance notice of upcoming classes and workshops!

Empowerment Self-Defense

WAVE’s curriculum is based on the empowerment self-defense model.  We believe that people who have been victimized should NEVER be blamed and that the responsibility for violence falls on the person who committed it.  Rather than telling students what they “should” and “should not” do, we help students develop confidence to decide what is best for them in any given situation including the decision to fight back or not.  We are committed to providing accurate information and dispelling myths about violence.

Our Students

WAVE specializes in providing self-defense training to women, girls, transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.  Students of all skills, abilities, sizes and body types are strongly encouraged to participate in our classes.

What Students Learn in WAVE Classes

Students learn a variety of options and techniques for staying safe – many of which are non-physical – including:

  • Prevention and awareness strategies to avoid and get away from unsafe situations
  • Assertiveness and verbal communication skills to help students set boundaries and speak up for themselves and others
  • Powerful, easy-to-learn physical techniques to defend against assaults

Classes are a mix of group discussions, role plays and physical drills.  Techniques are taught in easy-to-learn ways and are practiced safely in class.

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 and the number of students.


For more information about WAVE, contact Prevention Director Corinne Lagermasini at 215-564-5301 x 113  or

To sign up for emails about upcoming classes, email