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Welcome to Women's Self Defence UK

According to statistical data, every 1 in 5 women will be assaulted during their life. What is more, a huge chunk of victims do not report the crimes and from personal experience as well as group studies, it is evident that most cases never go on record. 

  • Do you want to gain confidence?

  • Are you looking to learn what skills you can apply to effectively deal with conflicts?

  • Do you want to learn how to defend yourself?

  • Have you always wanted to try martial arts but never quite knew where to start, or which martial art to choose? 

If your answer is yet, then you came to the right place! 


Joanna, the founder of Women's Self Defense UK is here to offer you an opportunity to check all the above boxes. A professional martial arts black belt, former World and European champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, former national kick-boxing champion, full time coach and personal trainer with 19 years of experience. 


Women's Self Defense UK is a professional service for females who seek to learn how to defend themselves and acquire the necessary skills to stay safe in the streets of London. 


A large chunk of this self-defence program is based on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) techniques. BJJ is a martial art in which a smaller opponent can have a technical advantage over a bigger adversary by utilising leverage, take downs and choke holds. Jiu Jitsu is also one of very few martial arts that addresses the issue of defence when the fight goes to the ground. When faced with a threat, a physically smaller person is at a strength disadvantage, therefore psychology and smart choices must be employed when defending oneself. 

A great deal of training focuses on awareness, prevention and de-escalation of conflicts - which are the cornerstone of self-defence. 


This program was designed with vulnerable members of public in mind. It is simple yet effective. What helped create this course was years of practical experience, as well as theoretical knowledge and study of law and psychology of self-defence. 

From Mixed Martial Arts we know that the most effective fighting systems are jiu jitsu and thai boxing, which both are mostly addressed in the course.

More about the program here...

Other sessions available 

Personal Training 

Weather you are looking to tone your body, or lose some weight, you can book a Personal Training session with me at one of two studio locations, or at a local park! It will be tailored to your needs.


Kick boxing classes do not have to be scary! You can work on your fitness through a series of specific drills and exercises used in combat sports, having fun at the same time, getting fit and learning a new skill. 

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Learn the beautiful art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu either by coming to one of my classes, or by booking individual or group private sessions. 

Get in Touch

Roger Gracie Academy HQ

Roger Gracie Richmond 

London, United Kingdom