Self-Defense Class for Engineering Companies



As part of our mission to reach out to the community, our instructors are brought in to help teach corporations and organizations self-defense techniques and empowerment. These courses are usually taught during lunch and focus on basic techniques to teach individuals to be more aware of their surroundings, how to use their voice and basic self-defense techniques to deal with worse case scenarios. The short courses help not only help establish confidence when dealing with difficult situations, but also helps establish team building in a safe environment with experienced instructors.

We recently taught a three-part self-defense class at HDR, an Engineering Firm in Portland, through their safety committee. Here is what they had to say about it:

August 15, 2014

To whom it may concern,

Silvia Smart, director of the Tulen Center, and her colleagues recently delivered a 3-part self-defense class to several people in our office. Silvia’s experience and foresight ensured that time spent in each class was maximized and rewarding. Although some topics associated with self-awareness/assessment and self-defense can be uncomfortable, Silvia ensured the atmosphere was conducive to learning and that students were focused while executing self-defense methods.  Students were encouraged by Silvia to have open discussion of experiences and she continually reinforced previous lessons learned. Silvia effectively facilitates conversation and leads students to think about self-defense in a multi-faceted way.  I would recommend scheduling Silvia in to teach self-defense to any group, young or old, male or female.


HDR Engineering, Inc.

Jennifer Maze

Office Safety Coordinator

It’s hard to deny Silvia’s passion for what she does.