savvy & safe

personal safety and self-defense

Savvy & Safe workshops are designed primarily for those who want to feel safer and more confident during their daily lives. Whether you’re new to the city and you commute home late, you sometimes feel unsure in garages or you simply want to reawaken your senses, our program puts you one step ahead and gives you some tools to go.

awareness > music

our Philosophy

  • 90% of self-defense is psychological; through PREVENTION and PROBLEM SOLVING most dangerous situations can be avoided.

  • Physical confrontation is CRISIS MANAGEMENT, a last resort for personal safety and typically represents a breakdown in Prevention and/or Problem Solving.

  • The best way to stay safe is to control the key variables in one's environment: TIME, LIGHT, and NOISE.


“Great self-defense training! I took a semi-private class and learned safety awareness and basic self-defense moves. Our instructor, Noah, was very knowledgeable and accommodating to beginners. I left the class feeling stronger and more confident.”

— Jennifer C.

workshop level 1

This 2-hour personal safety workshop outlines strategies for avoiding danger using simple deterrents like time, light and noise. Participants learn how to develop increased awareness, problem solving skills and confidence, as well as simple self-defense techniques which are easy to remember and proven effective in physical confrontations. All ages and skill levels are welcome to participate.



  • Part I: Introduction (30-minutes)

  • Part II: Basic Physical Skills (30-minutes)

  • Part III: Environment Specific Strategies (30-minutes)

  • Part IV: Basic Physical Skill Application (30-minutes)

advanced self-defense



  • Seminars vary in length from a few hours to a few days

  • Seminars may involve weapons training

  • Experience a variety of martial arts (grappling, striking, use of random objects, etc.)

  • Participants must have a fair amount of experience in at least one martial art

  • Participants must be fit enough to handle the vigor of intense martial arts activity (take-downs, throws, bag-work, body conditioning, etc.)

reporting crime

Reporting a crime to authorities is only as valuable as your ability to give an accurate description of the elements involved. The physical characteristics of your assailant are of the greatest importance. Clothing should also be noted, but is less important because it can obviously be changed. Motor vehicles, if involved, are significant as well. Note license plate number, color, make, model, and any distinguishing marks or other decorations. When getting an assailant's physical description, pay attention to the following characteristics:

  • ethnic/racial appearance

  • height

  • build

  • eye color

  • hair color, length, texture

  • skin color

  • scars/tattoos

  • body language, movements, mannerisms

  • tone of voice, mention of any names, places, etc.