Senshido Self-Defense


Classes are No Longer offered through YWCA Alaska.

In 2011, YWCA Alaska noticed that women needed access to self-defense classes that were empowering and equipped them with the skills needed to protect themselves against domestic violence, sexual assault, and predatory behaviors. We quickly formed a partnership with Senshido Alaska to offer monthly classes. Through the years, we provided self-defense tools to many people in the community, including children ages 5-12, people with disabilities, women, and the elderly. We are glad to have provided this service to the community; however, in this past year we have experienced very low attendance in our monthly classes. After reviewing the need for our classes, we have decided to conclude our partnership with Senshido Alaska and will no longer offer self-defense classes through YWCA Alaska.

Instead, we would like to provide information about the self-defense classes facilitated by multiple organizations throughout the community, many of which have course focused entirely on empowering women.


Israeli Krav Maga Alaska

Our specialized Women’s Self-Defense seminar has been designed to prepare women both physically and mentally, to react and defend themselves from life threatening situations. Training covers a wide variety of scenarios both inside and outside (vehicles, dark parking lot, etc.) of our training facility. Training will provide you with the tools to fend off a would-be attacker, while feeling safe, secure and empowered in your everyday life. During this seminar we cover techniques such as: releases from grabs, chokes and bear hugs, striking defenses, weapon disarming and ground survival techniques. Emphasis is placed on preparation to defend under stress – effectively eliminating the “shutting down and freezing” reaction. Women of all ages, sizes and physical abilities are invited to participate. This program is offered on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 2:00pm to 3:30pm. Seminars include a $35.00 enrollment fee. *Please note: You must be at least 13 years of age to participate. When enrolling, please enter your date of birth.

Alaska Moving Arts Center

The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. R.A.D. is not a Martial Arts program. Our courses are taught by nationally certified R.A.D. Instructors and provide each student with a workbook/reference manual. Students will be involved in a discussion of risk reduction strategies, the acquaintance rape mentality, the continuum of survival defensive strategies, and the basic principals of defense. The pros and cons of defensive weaponry, how to develop a defensive mindset, understanding offensive and defensive postures, recognizing vulnerable locations, and utilizing personal weapons will also be discussed. The techniques utilized by RAD Systems are based on simple gross motor skills and are developed to the point that they become instinctual through repetition. Students will have the opportunity to use these techniques in dynamic impact training by striking padded equipment held by the instructors.  All techniques in the basic course target a single attacker. Basic R.A.D. Course is 10 hours long and $75.00, with $40 AMAC registration fee. 

UAA R.A.D. Training

The goal of R.A.D. is to provide realistic self-defense options to women, regardless of their level of physical conditioning. Students at all levels of ability, age, experience, and strength will be provided with techniques and information that can be effectively used from the first day of class. R.A.D. is not a martial arts program, nor does it require students to be athletes in training to succeed. The R.A.D. system will provide students with the knowledge to make an educated decision about personal defense. We provide information on physical and non-physical options, as well as insight into the attacker mindset. The widespread acceptance of the R.A.D. system is due to the ease, simplicity, and effectiveness of our tactics, solid research, legal defensibility, and unique teaching methodology. R.A.D. is the only self-defense program endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). This is a 12-hour course and you must attend all three sessions to complete the class. There is a $35 fee.


Contact Info

Justin Zagorski, Social Justice Program Manager
907-644-9624 or