Groups & Courses

Physical Empowerment courses are tailored according to who they are aimed at. This is key as the self-defence moves and seminar subjects differ.


The Physical Empowerment CIC start-up plan was to run three pilot projects for three specific groups; sex workers, domestic abuse survivors and rape & sexual abuse survivors. Whilst running courses for domestic violence survivors, we identified a need for Physical Empowerment courses for other groups including children and teenagers, who are suffering with anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. 

A trauma informed approach is adopted at all times and we very much believe in, “what happened to you?” rather than, “what’s wrong with you?”

Courses are aimed at people who have either been referred to us through an agency or who have self-referred to us. We aim to be able to offer our training, for free, to the people who need it the most.

We are currently working on projects in Neath Port Talbot, Crawley & London and we are hoping to be running projects in Dyfed Powys soon! Please get in touch if you are interested in Physical Empowerment for your area; where there is a will there is always a way!

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Focus Groups

Physical Courses, Online Courses & Online Support 

We have run various focus groups and interviews with with individuals since Physical Empowerment CIC began in 2021. We always try and ensure we have as much input as possible before running a pilot course so we can be as responsive as possible to user needs.  

Any domestic violence survivor, rape survivor or sex worker is welcome to take part in a focus group. Staff and volunteers of organisations supporting these groups are also welcome.

Please get in touch if you would like to be involved in a focus group in any capacity. If you would like to give feedback but do not want to be involved in a focus group, please get in touch and we can arrange a one-to-one chat with you.

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Sex Workers

Physical Course / Online Support

March 2022: The Allen Lane Foundation has granted us £7,500 to run a pilot project with Streetlight UK staff and volunteers. This includes a budget to test out various ways of getting Physical Empowerment training directly to the women who need it the most.

Working with sex workers poses its own, individual challenges and for this reason, Physical Empowerment CIC intends to work closely with Streetlight UK, a charity focused on helping women to rebuild their lives when they leave sex work. We hope to be a new referral pathway for them.


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Domestic Abuse Survivors

Physical Course / Online Support

March 2022: Mynydd Brombil Community Fund have given us a grant which will allow us to offer weekly follow-up sessions in Port Talbot for a year. Thank you.

September 2021: We are delighted to announce that the National Lottery Community Fund Wales have granted us £10,000 to run pilot Physical Empowerment courses with women referred through Thrive Women's Aid and other sources.

We have now run two courses in Port Talbot with really positive feedback and visible results.

People who work or volunteer with domestic abuse survivors are also welcome to attend these courses.

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Rape and Sexual Abuse Survivors

Online and Physical Course

This course will have an online introductory module which includes interactive online sessions with an instructor.


There will then be a face to face course which will be a mixture of mental and physical self-defence.


People who work or volunteer with rape and sexual abuse survivors are also welcome to attend this course.


Physical Empowerment CIC Aims:

1. To help people reintegrate into society through helping them to empower themselves.
2. To give people opportunities to be the best they can be.
3. To promote women and men working together to end violence.
4. To create a wider awareness of the use of self-defence as a trauma rehabilitation tool.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you attend a Physical Empowerment course, you will never be expected to take part in any activity or physical move that you are not happy about. The idea is to push yourself and try to face your demons but it is important that you do that at your pace. You do not have to rush to complete anything on the course, that is partly why the follow-up sessions are there afterwards. 

We are here to work with you, not to frighten you. Every course will be designed so there is a safe space where people can go for time out and there will be people on hand if you want a listening ear. 

"Self-defence is not just a set of techniques, it is a set of beliefs and it starts with the belief that you are worth defending." Rorion Gracie