GO Self‑Defence
Self-Defence &
Master Gary Eikenberry, 7th Dan black belt, Chief Instructor
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PANDEMIC NOTE: Regular classes and workshops are currently suspended but in-person classes and workshops will resume in January. See our class information page for details. Minimum and maximum numbers apply. Sign up and pay by December 27th to reserve your space. If the minimum is not reached you will be notified and your registration fee will be fully refunded no later than the day following the registration deadline.
Compliance with all current public health requirements is mandatory for all in-person classes and workshops: masks are required, as is proof of vaccination for any participant 12 or older.

Private or Group Training, Workshops and Demonstrations

Classes and courses

We can provide customized, private or group training as workplace staff-development, in-service training, educational programming or classes or courses for community, youth, women's and other public and private groups and organisations. We'll meet first to learn about your requirements and plan your class(es) and then come to the location of your choice at the agreed upon time with any necessary equipment. With (minimum of 2 and maximum of 12 people per instructor) where we agree on dates, time and objectives, you arrange the location and the participants and we supply the instructor(s) and the training aids: $75/hour for one instructor and $40/hour for each additional instructor. Additional costs may apply if we provide the training location. Discounts may be available for not for profit organisations. Click here for a PDF file outlining a sample six session course.

We also provide self-defence instructor training in the 4 Star Self-defence System.


Self-defence Workshops are generally short (1 - 3 hours) introductory programs which provide an overview and give participants a chance to try basic techniques working with more experienced students.

On the second Tuesday of most months we offer Self-Defence workshops at our regular location. These workshops are FREE for members but are open to non-members: $15. Registration and payment in advance is required. Workshops generally review basic concepts and techniques, but after that content is determined by the interests, experience and abilities of those attending.

Customized workshops can be designed for workplace, educational, and conference settings as well as for schools, community, youth, women's and other public and private groups and organisations.

Some of the organisations for which we have provided private workshops include: The Somali Centre for Family Services, St. Joseph's Women's Centre, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, the Hunt Club Riverside Community Service Centre Youth Program and numerous school and student groups.

A few views from previous workshops:
• September  • January  • October  • January 


We would be pleased to arrange an informative and entertaining demonstration of basic (and maybe even a few more advanced) self-defence techniques for your event, school or group. You sit back and watch while we demonstrate and describe our approach, although we might get one or two volunteers involved.

Contact us

Contact us about arranging a workshop or demonstration or regular classes or a fixed-length course.

Schools and Youth

Click here for a PDF file with information on programs aimed for youth, schools, community centres, youth organisations and similar groups.

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