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NWMAf Self-Defense Instructor Certification Overview


Since the early 1970s, the National Women's Martial Arts Federation has pioneered in the development of self defense instruction, bringing together highly-trained martial artists and women knowledgeable about the issues of violence - enabling them to gain support, share ideas and promote quality programs. We believe that women deserve the highest standards in self defense instructors. We hope you will find the process of certification itself to be educational and will gain even more credibility as a National Women's Martial Arts Federation Certified Instructor.

This is a comprehensive application, meant to cover the full range of skills involved to teach women's self-defense at a high level. Physical skills, verbal skills, anti-violence education, the works.

Get Certified!

Read the requirements to become an NWMAF Certified Self Defense Instructor.

Review the core competencies that Self Defense instructors must demonstrate.

Understand the Empowerment Model for teaching Self Defense.

The National Women's Martial Arts Federation is committed to making self-defense training accessible across diverse communities.

Download and study this list of suggestions on ways to improve your cross-cultural teaching skills.

Check out the reading list and add to your knowledge of Self Defense.

Request ESD Instructor Support to help guide you through the certification process.

Download an application to become an NWMAF-Certified Self-Defense Instructor. (Note: you need to be a current member and logged in to get this download).

Have you read all the above, become an NWMAF member, downloaded an application, and still have questions?

Contact us at for more info about becoming a Certified Self-Defense Instructor.

Request an Application

Applications are available to current NWMAF members only. To received an application, log in to this website and click the Download an Application link (also below). If you have additional questions please contact us at the address below.

Write to us at:

National Women's Martial Arts Federation
9450 SW Gemini Drive
Beaverton, OR 97005-2343

Write "RE: SD Certification" under your return address.

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