Self Defence for Women

Strength through a combination of mind and body training

Workshops for Kids

STOP Bullying workshops for local schools

Fundraising Programs

Fundraising activities for community groups.

Empowering Women

The Respond.Empower.Liberate (REL) program focuses on:

  • situational awareness
  • understanding violence dynamics
  • threat avoidance
  • threat recognition
  • threat management
  • pre-cue indicators
  • confident body-language profile

A tried-and-tested combination of mind and body training makes the participants more aware of their potential strengths through learning effective techniques to protect themselves against various assailants – whether they are armed or unarmed, in their house, in their car or on the streets.

Participants are shown basic self-defence strategies that can be used in a range of situations. The program equips the participants with basic tools to recognise, evaluate, avoid, negotiate and actively respond to circumstances that can lead to an assault.

The program is for all levels of fitness and has been developed specifically for women. No prior knowledge about self-defence is required and consists of a mixture of theoretical and practical elements building on skills and confidence.

ARMD Riverina provides talks, customized seminars and workshops for:

  • Private organisations
  • Corporate organisations
  • Government agencies

ARMD Riverina has worked with the following:

  • Junee Shire Council
  • Port of Melbourne 
  • Murrumbidgee Health Services
  • Riverina Water
  • Riverina Medical and Dental Aboriginal Corporation
  • Quest Apartments (Wagga Wagga)
  • Charles Sturt University

Respond.Empower.Liberate (REL) 7 week Basic Course

Woman self-defense trick against the man's attack. Strong women practicing self-defense martial art Krav Maga

Workshops for College

ARMD Riverina programs for University Students

  • Charles Sturt University - Wagga Wagga
  • Residence Life Coordinators course
  • General campus community
  • Personal Safety and Self-defence course

Workshops for High Schools

ARMD Riverina programs for Students

  • Personal Safety and Self-defence course
  • STOP Bullying workshops for local schools in Wagga Wagga
  • Department of Education and Community programs

Riverina Schools Program

ARMD Riverina has conducted workshops and seminars to the following schools in the Riverina

  • The Riverina Anglican College
  • Kooringal High School
  • Wagga Wagga Christian College
  • St. Mary MacKillop College
  • Lockhart Public School
  • Narrandera High School
ARMD REL High School A4


Charity Work

Fundraising Programs

Armd Riverina has been involved in numerous fund raising activities and has given back more than $28,000 to the community. We have raised much needed funds for:

  • Wagga Women’s Health Centre
  • Miss Wagga Wagga Quest
  • Dragons Abreast
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • PCYC Wagga
  • Cancer Council
  • Country Hope

We have also provided services to:

  • The Leisure Centre (Wagga Wagga)
  • Rotary Youth Leaders
  • Rotary Clubs
  • NSW Department of Education Sports and Communities
  • Wagga Wagga City Council as part of the Regenerate Youth Festival
Corinne Edis

A lot of the self-defence taught was easy to pick up and was very practical. I was able to perform the basic techniques in less than 2 seconds! I also loved the concept of being able to control the situation without using strength or force whether standing or on the ground. The class was fun and exciting but most importantly, I learned a lot!

Corinne Edis
Mother - Wagga Wagga
Vicki VanHeuzen

I felt empowered after the workshop and it has really taught me to be aware of my surroundings.  Having such a professional team instruct me on the tips and techniques of how to defend myself if needed has given me added confidence, and this workshop is something all females should attend.

Vickie van Heuzen
Business Development Manager -PRD Nationwide Real Estate
Debra Bell

I cannot speak highly enough of the value that this workshop provided for this group of women.  We were provided with a great range of strategies as to what we can do, including verbal and physical tactics, if confronted by unsolicited attention.

The amazing element of this program was the format with which it was presented. The structure allowed participants ranging in age from 18 to 67 years of age, to engage with activities and the information presented due to its currency and pertinence.  Feedback from every participant was extremely positive, indicating that they believed that they would be confident to apply the range of strategies practiced during the session.

Thank you to David Bardos and his support team.

Debra Bell
Coaching Training Development People WORX