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Police Bureau

Sworn to protect. Dedicated to serve.

Phone: 503-823-0000

Fax: 503-823-0342

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Refresher Self-Defense Classes

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Self-Defense Refresher Class
The refresher class is for women who have taken the regular WomenStrength class within the past year and would like to practice their skills. It is three hours long and is a review of the physical self-defense skills taught in the regular nine-hour class. The refresher class is purely for practice of self-defense skills and does not include the background information sections of the longer class.

Some students wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes, or if they like, wear their everyday clothes for more realism. The refresher class has a minimum of 8 students and a maximum of 30, and from two to five instructors.

WomenStrength participants are encouraged to maintain their new & old skills by using visualization, practicing, and attending more refresher classes, and to improve and diversify their skills by pursuing additional training from other programs.



AUGUST Refresher Class

Registration opens Tuesday, July 1st at 9:00 am

THURSDAY, AUGUST 28th from 6:00-9:00 pm

Gateway Fred Meyer Complex

Portland Police Bureau Contact office

(on the East side of the building, look for large Police Badge!)

1111 NE 102nd Ave, Suite F 


DECEMBER Refresher Class

Registration opens Tuesday, November 4th at 9:00 am

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8th from 6:00-9:00 pm

Mittleman Jewish Community Center

6651 SW Capitol Highway, Portland 97219


WomenStrength Self-Defense Refreshers:

  • are free
  • are held once a quarter in different locations around the city
  • are for teenage and adult women who have taken a regular WomenStrength class within the past year
  • are three-hour sessions for practicing physical skills only

Please fill out our online registration form or call 503-823-0260 on or after the registration date listed for each month.