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Self-Defense Instructors Conference (SDIC)

Flagship Professional Development Program for Empowerment Self-Defense

NWMAF’s Annual Conference includes an intensive professional development program that addresses violence prevention and self-defense instruction. Focusing on strengths-based and trauma-informed practices, SDIC is an opportunity to share skills and learn about innovative work in the field. All aspiring and experienced Empowerment Self-Defense (ESD) instructors, martial artists, and healing arts practitioners are welcome!

Program Details:

  • Tuesday, August 2: Informal gathering for those arriving early, time TBD.
  • Wednesday, August 3: Sessions start at 9 am and end that evening with a keynote address.
  • Sunday, August 7: Informal gathering in the morning for a closing of the Self-Defense Instructors Conference.

Additional Empowerment Self-Defense (ESD) programming will be integrated into the main RISE Conference on August 4-6.

Register for SDIC and the Rise Conference.

Self-Defense Instructor Certification

SDIC Participants holding certificates

The NWMAF is a credentialing body for self-defense instructors. Certification is an extensive process, and attendance at the early program of NWMAF’s Annual Conference is a requirement for certification.

During the main portion of the conference, there are several more ESD offerings, including a Model Course taught by a certified instructor. Instructors seeking certification are required to attend the Model Course.

Read more about certification requirements.

In past years, offerings at the Annual Conference have included:

  • Energy Awareness
  • Self-Defense Research and the Evidence Base for Self-Defense
  • Working with Men & Boys
  • Teaching Self-Defense to people who are blind and visually-impaired
  • Understanding and Explaining Trauma to Self-Defense Participants
  • Microaggressions
  • Bystander Intervention
  • De-escalation
  • Working with Youth
  • The Business of Self-Defense
  • Field and Office Safety for Social Service and Healthcare Providers

Past participants say:

“I was thrilled to have the chance to connect with my ESD community and learn from excellent trainers.”

“I enjoyed the quality of the presentations, and friendly/open attitude of all the attendees and instructors.”