This "101" list was culled from interviews conducted by Sarah Trembath, facilitator for the 2007 and 2008 Self-Defense Instructors’ Conference panel "Reaching Diverse Communities. Thanks to panelists Darlene DeFour, Michele Elefante, Janet Gee, Zosia Gorbaty, Linette Oliver, and Lauren Wheeler for their participation and making their experience and expertise available.
The National Women’s Martial Arts Federation is committed to making self-defense training accessible across diverse communities. This list of suggestions is to help all self-defense instructors improve their teaching and communication skills. This list also is one point along a living process. The NWMAF Self-Defense Instructors’ Conference has panels and sessions each year to grow your abilities as an instructor.