Self Defense Training

Community Self Defense Training for Women


Upcoming Self Defense Classes

There are no classes currently scheduled for self defense. More classes will be added soon, so stay tuned!

 About Self Defense Classes

The Brookline Police will be leading the trainings based on the R.A.D system of self defense, which entails a series of three, 2-hour classes. Please note there are only 16 spaces available for each series and participants are required to attend all three, 2-hour classes to reserve a spot. Please review the dates below to ensure your attendance at all sessions.

With limited class space, registration will be on a “first come, first serve” basis. All participants will be contacted by a Healthworks team member. Any woman who does not make it into one of the series above, will be placed on a waiting list and contacted if a spot becomes available. Women on the wait list will also have the first opportunity to sign up for upcoming series. Our goal is to provide training to any woman in our community who is interested, and therefore we will be adding more series to accommodate more participants. This page will continued to be updated with details on upcoming training series at Back Bay and Cambridge, in addition to details on larger community classes.

Register for classes here.

The outdoor kick off event, in Back Bay’s Copley Square held on September 12th was a huge success. Thank you to all that participated! If you were unable to participate, there are still many classes you can attend.  You can see the coverage that the event received from NECN here.

View our photo gallery of the September 12th kick off!

Why Healthworks started the Self Defense initiative:

Healthworks Fitness Centers for Women can no longer stand by as women in the Boston area fall victim to acts of violence.  We continue to be deeply troubled by the horrific murder of valued Healthworks member Amy Lord on July 23rd, and by other recent acts of violence against women in the greater Boston area. As one of the largest communities of women in the city, we believe it is our duty to empower women by providing training and resources to learn how to protect against violence.

We have launched a personal safety initiative for women throughout the Boston area that will include a series of  over 25 complimentary self-defense training sessions, and we continue to add more to the schedule.

In partnership with the Boston Centers for Youth & Families, the Boston Police Department, the Brookline Police Department, Healthworks Community Fitness and IMPACT, a unique personal safety and self-defense curriculum, we offer complimentary 90 minute training sessions and the R.A.D system.



This page will continued to be updated with details on upcoming training series. Updated 11/21/2013.