To be able to protect yourself in a big city such as Cape Town is as important as using 87 litres or less of water a day. Women are especially often left vulnerable in situations such as a mugging or attempted assault. Various institutes around the Mother City offer self defense classes to both men and women, empowering anyone to be able to disarm an attacker and defend themselves in a dangerous situation.

1 Truekrav

Independent studio, Truekrav, provides true combat training, physical and psychological coaching in order to train members to survive an attack by a criminal or terrorist. The studio covers rape-defense and hijacking as well as kidnapping and hostage situations. Take a look at their Foundation Program here.

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Where Roeland St & De Villiers Street, Gardens
Contact +27 83 304 1981, [email protected]

2 Cape Town Self Defense Institute

The Cape Town Self Defense Institute offers an array of various forms of martial arts such as the Piper Knife System, Ronin Silat, Kajukenbo, Streetwise Fighting Systems International and Doce Pares South Africa. Learn how to fight with and without weapons, take a class in their Anti-Rape Module – and kick some serious butt.

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Where:1st Claremont Scout Hall, 17 Bowood Road, Claremont

3 Sanette Smit’s Self Defense Workshops

Ward off the perpetrators with a few smart moves and jabs.  The Sanette Smit’s Self Defense Workshops take a holistic approach to self defense, giving the trainees basic tools of defence. The workshops are aimed at everyone who wants to learn comprehensively about rape, develop positive attitude and boost their confidence.

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Where: Kloof Street, Cape Town, 8008

4 Infinitus Jiu Jitsu

Go ahead and channel your inner Jackie Chan with training from Infinitus Jiu Jitsu. The training caters for both adults and children, and with the help of the Gracie University curriculum and instructional DVDs, this facility will help you polish those martial arts skills.

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Where: 21 Somerset Crescent Durbanville 775
Contact:+2784 901 3818

5 Elite Defence Academy

Fight back like the soldier that you are. Obtain military-like training with the Elite Defence Academy. With their Maga classes, seminars, Krav Maga workshops, self-defense classes and personal training, you will certainly become untouchable. Des Brown founded the academy ten years ago and it has certainly become one the revered defence academies in South Africa.


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Where: Leibrandt Community Service, Table View, Cape Town,
Contact:+2783 703 1455


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