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Upcoming Certification Classes

Stay up to date with the latest certification classes as we travel around the country making new instructors.

New York Certification

Saturday March 12th, Sunday March 13th and Monday March 14th, 2016 - Girls on Guard, Guarding our Girls and Defense Against Weapons

Tampa, Florida Certification

Saturday February 27th and Sunday 28th, 2016 - Girls on Guard, Guarding our Girls

Need a Local Certification?

Do you have a group of students that you would like to get certified? Contact us today to set up a certification at your local venue. Call 1-(914) 760-8246 for more info.

Self Defense Modules

Different self defense modules available through Defend University and the Women's Self Defense Institute.

Women's Self Defense Institute

Sexual Assault Prevention

Defend University

Self Defense Research and Development

Less Than Lethal

Non-Lethal Police Tatics

Girls on Guard/Guarding our Girls

Entry and intermediate level self defense for women.

Defense Against Weapons

Advanced women's self defense against weapons.


Advanced gracie brazilian jiu-jitsu for women.


Defend University and The Women's Self Defense Institute has hundreds of instructors all across the globe.

  • Head Instructor

    Steve Kardian

    In addition to being a high level martial artist in arts such as Kyu Ku Shin Karate and Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kardian is also a long time law enforce veteran and media personality.

  • Head Instructor

    Brad Parker

    Working from Phoenix, AZ Brad began Defend University with Steve in the early 1990s.

  • United States


    Click here for our list of United States based certified instructors.

  • International


    Click here for our list of International certified instructors.

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