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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

Intermediate Self-Defense Class

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 WomenStrength Self-Defense Intermediate and Weapons Class

The Intermediate class is for women who have taken the regular WomenStrength class and/or the WomenStrength Refresher class within the past 6 months, and are interested in taking their introductory self-defense skills to a new level! This class is 7.5 hours long (1/2 hour for lunch) and offered on a Saturday as an intensive course. 

The Intermediate class will involve combining strikes from the introductory class, drills that incorporate you the student holding a pad, multiple attacker practice, weapons defense drills and other exercises that build on the skills you have learned in the introductory class. The intensity level of this class is stepped up a notch from the first class both physically and emotionally, so we are limiting the class to 14 students and will have 5 instructors teaching the course.


The Weapons Focus class was designed by two veteran WomenStrength instructors with over 30 years combined experience.  This class is 3 hours long and will focus on the skills and mental acuity required if faced with a weapon. Weapons discussed are guns, knives and other weapons of opportunity. The Intermediate class is not a pre-requisite, but the Refresher class is encouraged. 

Spring 2014



Monday, May19th from 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Gateway Fred Meyer, PPB Contact office

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

1111 NE 102nd Ave, Suite F



Date TBA

Gateway Fred Meyer, PPB Contact office

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

1111 NE 102nd Ave, Suite F


WomenStrength Intermediate Self-Defense Classes:

  • are free.

  • are held once a quarter at the Family Services Division 

  • are for adult women who have taken a regular WomenStrength class or refresher within the past six months.

  • are offered in one seven hour session for women who want to build on the Introductory WomenStrength Class. 

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


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