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The City of Portland, Oregon

Police Bureau

Sworn to protect. Dedicated to serve.

Phone: 503-823-0000

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

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

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Refresher Self-Defense Classes

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Self-Defense Refresher Class
The refresher class is for women who have taken the Introductory 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.



Registration opens on Tuesday, March 3rd at 9:00 am

Northeast community center, 1630 NE 38th Ave, Portland, OR 97232

Friday, April 24th from 5:30-8:30


We will be taking a summer break. The next class will be held in September





This class is reserved for WomenStrength students who have taken the introductory class within the past year.



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.