Women's Self Defense Workshops


If you were in danger, would you know what to do?  Are you confident you could you defend yourself in a threatening situation?

Did you know that violent crime (murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault) is higher in our area than the US, Texas and other parts of Houston?  How can YOU stay safe?

Join us to learn all 3 phases of an endangering encounter and learn how to use physiological factors involved to your advantage.  Real factors, techniques, and decisions needed to survive a dangerous situation will be discussed and practiced. This hands-on experience will increase your self defense skills and personal confidence level.  Come dressed in comfortable work-out type clothes and ready for a fun Saturday morning. A light breakfast will be included.

Sensei Joy LaRochelle, a certified sensei and a 3rd degree black belt, has 17 years of martial art experience and teaches self-defense at the Gilruth and in the Houston community.

You Can Expect to Learn:

  • Risk mitigation and engagement strategies
  • Basic techniques: Strikes and Defensive Blocks
  • Key Targets
  • How to escape typical grabs and choke holds.
  • Ground Defense techniques as time allows.

 One and Two Day Workshops available - choose the one that works for you!


Register in person at the Gilruth Front desk to avoid non-refundable online transaction fees.


REGISTER HERE for 1 Day Workshop December 15th

  • Saturday, - Dec. 15 
  • 8:00 AM-1:00 PM (5 hours)
  • NASA Gilruth Center
  • Mars Room
  • Light breakfast, snacks and water included.
  • Early Registration - $135  )
  • Minimum class size - 8 
  • Date will be postponed if minimum is not met.


2 Day Workshops coming soon.

  • Two Saturdays
  • Dates TBD
  • 9:00 AM-12:00 PM (3 hours each)
  • NASA Gilruth Center
  • Mars Room
  • Coffee and water included.
  • Early Registration - $135  (through July 20th)
  • Standard Registration - $145  (July 21st-28th)
  • Minimum class size - 8