Self Defence Classes for Ladies

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Women's Self Defence Classes


My name is Pauline Spencer and I am delighted you have taken the first steps to keeping yourself safer. Ladies that Punch is a self defence class with a difference.  The classes are strictly for ladies only which means your instructor is also female. Believe me, this is quite a rarity in this male dominated field. Not only that, the classes are flexible to suit your needs.

Ladies that Punch is open to any female regardless of fitness levels or age. You do not have to have any previous martial arts experience or need to be fit as a fiddle (especially as I am neither of these things!) to attend. If you are under the age of 16 then you must be accompanied by an adult.

Why not come along with a friend or family member? If you are coming on your own, a warm and friendly welcome awaits you where you will feel relaxed and at ease. If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to get in touch. Please don’t let a little bit of nerves or apprehension put you off learning some potentially life saving skills.

My Ladies that Punch Journey

I was recently asked by one of my girlfriends why I have never shown her how to protect herself from someone attacking her. I scrambled around for an answer but soon realised I didn’t have one. You see, I’ve been delivering self defence, personal safety and control and restraint training now for about 10 years to people whose jobs put them at risk of violence and aggression. My job is to try and help people stay safer at work. What I’d never given much thought to is “Why am I not doing the same for people who I love and care about?” After a bit more thought and consideration I thought “Every woman out there is loved and cared about by someone – shouldn’t I be thinking about them too?

And so began the Ladies that Punch journey.

I am based on the South Coast but am willing to travel to different locations. Please get in touch with your specific requirements.

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Have you ever read about the woman who manages to lift up a car to free her trapped child? Where does she get that super human strength? How does a person survive a lion or shark attack? Survival is more than just physical strength. Yes we have to train our bodies physically but we must also train our brain to help us survive the attack.  During the classes you will gain a good understanding of both the physical and psychological effects of fear and we will build on this to make you more prepared should the worst ever happen.

There is no escaping the fact that violent crime is rising and although everyone has the right to safety and security this is very often not the case. Ladies that Punch will give you the inner strength and confidence to be able to fight back and not be another victim of unnecessary violence.

The system I use is the result of extensive research into the body’s natural reactions to danger and fear. We will explore these natural responses and transform them into more tactical responses. I use reality based training which means that you are prepared for real life conflict; not the “Hollywood’ type situation.  The fundamental basis of the training is focussed on how the body actually responds to dangerous situations; progressing to use these innate/natural responses in a more tactical and skilful way. The system I use is called Functional Edge, developed by Coach Tony Torres

I work for myself and my boyfriend often calls me a lady that lunches. He thinks that when I work from home that is code for meeting with friends and family for lunch (well, this is sometime the case – everyone has to eat though don’t they?)

When I was thinking about names for the self defence classes I couldn’t come up with anything that I was happy with.  I wanted something that was feminine, strong and empowering but could not come up with anything creative. One morning, after being asked if I was “working from home that day” aka meeting the ladies that lunch, I had a light bulb moment.

Some people have said that having the word punch in the name seems quite aggressive. A very good friend suggested that I might even put some ladies off attending the classes. I agree, it could sound or appear aggressive to some, but think about this; Do we not have to be aggressive to protect ourselves? If someone tried to snatch your child from you, wouldn’t you respond with ferocity and aggression? Of course you would. Therefore aggression is a big part of self protection.

I’m Pauline Spencer and I live in Hampshire. I have been involved in training and development, and more specifically personal safety and conflict management training, for about 10 years now. Most of the training I deliver is to what I call – Front-line Service Providers who work mostly in community and public safety, healthcare and education. I have been self-employed (aka lunching) for 4 years now and absolutely love what I do and the people I meet along the way.

My biggest passion is helping people to make better decisions about staying safe.– whether that is advising an organisation on their policies, procedures or legal requirements, or training a room of people how to protect themselves. I have delivered training across the UK and as far as the United Arab Emirates. Along the way I have met some very inspiring people who have given me better knowledge and insight into this world. I’ve even managed to get a qualification or two along the way!

For those of you that are interested here is a list of my relevant qualifications.

I am an Accredited Tutor with The National Federation of Personal Safety and a qualified Functional Edge Advanced Trainer.

  • BTEC Level 3 Advanced Award in Self Defence Instruction
  • BTEC Level 3 Advanced Award in Physical Restraint Practice
  • BTEC Level 3 Award of Physical Intervention Training in the Private Security Industry
  • BTEC Level 3 Advanced Award in Safe and Effective use of Restraint Equipment
  • BTEC Level 3 Award in Safe and Effective use of the Emergency Response Belt
  • City and Guilds Delivers of Conflict Management Training
  • First Aid Instructor Qualification
  • Chartered Institute of Professional Development Certificate in Training Practice
  • City and Guilds Certificate in Delivering Learning                       

I am fully insured and suitably qualified to run these classes