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An amazing class that teaches an invaluable lesson which is very easy to remember.

- Jade


At Fight Back Women's Self Defence we teach easy-to-learn and highly-effective self defence for women and girls in an enjoyable, non-threatening environment, with no minimum fitness or prior training required. Fight Back is about empowerment, not fear. We want you to be confident in everything you do, everywhere you go and everyone you're with.


Fight Back Women's Self Defence comes to you wherever you are and run our sessions in the comfort of your own home, office, school or other convenient location. We're based in Melbourne but will travel around Victoria or interstate to teach effective self defence and always keep costs at a minimum - your safety is more important than the kind of car we drive.


Who do we teach?


While the name of the company is Fight Back Women's Self Defence, we teach self defence to anyone, with content and style appropriate to everyone in the group and always respectful of age, culture, gender and lifestyle preferences.

At no time is anyone ever made to do anything they are uncomfortable with and we will always address any particular self defence concerns our students want to cover. You're always in charge ... which is sort of what we're teaching.

What do we teach?


Self defence! Real-world self defence, not stylised, choreographed, Hollywood fight sequences. We don't want you to be impressing friends for a couple of days, we want you to be safe for life.

Where do we teach it?


Sessions are in the comfort of your own home, office, school or nearby venue, or if the weather's nice we can take it outside - whatever suits you best. Fight Back Self Defence comes to you anywhere in Victoria or interstate.  

What experience do you need?

None. Nothing. Nada. 

What level of fitness do you need?


There's no minimum fitness requirement as absolutely anyone and everyone can defend themselves. Our classes aren't high-energy, sweat-raising affairs, although you can crank your own dial up to 11 if you like.



Howard is a second Dan black belt in Taekwondo with over 25 years experience, and now trains in Krav Maga, but he's not a martial arts junkie and ensures classes are fun, inclusive and run in an enjoyable way, not in an intimidating boot-camp environment.

He started Fight Back Women’s Self Defence in 2013 through a desire to let women and girls know they all possess the ability to defend themselves, and they should not let their enjoyment of life be restricted by fear.

No matter who he is teaching Howard always approaches self defence knowing it is for a lifetime, and that all his students take away knowledge and confidence that will stay with them for ever. His eldest daughter Jude - a black belt in Goju Karate - helps out with larger classes and can run sessions for groups that require a female-only environment.



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... we also say lovely things about our clients ...


Howard came to our workplace and completed a self defence session! It was so informative, would 100% recommend for all levels and abilities! He opened up the session for specific questions and things we wanted to focus on. This made the session so engaging and all participants gave great feedback!


If you are a woman who would like to learn how to feel confident defending yourself then book a session with Howard. The very idea of needing self-defence skills is confronting and this was a challenging session, but it needs to be. Howard is terrific, respectful, calm and encouraging - cannot recommend him highly enough! Great experience.


A girlfriend and I, together with our daughters, did a session today with Howard. It was fantastic! Lots of useful information and techniques and fun as well. Can't recommend this highly enough. Howard is a great facilitator.

Howard was great. He packs a lot into 3 hours with non-stop info. He's also fun and engaging and accommodating to questions, even tailoring the class to requests. Highly recommended!!

Howard's knowledge was astounding, and no matter how many hypothetical situations the group could throw at him, he always knew a solution to the dilemma at hand. I would recommend Howard a thousand times over!


The three-hour session my three daughters and myself had with Howard was great fun and very empowering. We all feel we can now effectively fight back and remove ourselves from a dangerous situation. Highly recommend to all women of all ages.


Awesome session that everyone at Bodychange Bootcamp loved! Thanks Howard for sharing your invaluable knowledge with our members!

Tim, Bodychange Bootcamp

An amazing class and Howard teaches an invaluable lesson which is very easy to remember! Definitely recommend!!


I have been to Howard’s sessions twice now. Both times have been great. I walked away feeling confident that if ever needed, I can get myself out of a bad situation safely. I highly recommend women to do his self defence class. You will learn so much.

Jo, MAF-Fit Group Fitness and Training

Our students found this session extremely relevant and useful, and in fact would have preferred more time with Howard. He has a wonderful manner with young people and we will definitely be using Fight Back Women's self defence in future sessions at Strathcona.

David Bradshaw, Year 12 coordinator at Strathcona Baptist Girls School

Definitely recommend anyone and everyone to do this class. You never know when you're going to have to defend yourself and Howard delivers the info in a fun and easy to learn way. It was a great class, thanks Howard.

Caitey Ann

I thought I’d let you know just how much the girls enjoyed the session with you. I had them immediately after your session and they were glowing with compliments for you!

Yvette, Fintona Girls School

I engaged Howard to run a self-defence class for a bunch of my clients. We weren’t really sure what to expect, and wow! What a session!

Howard is so down to earth, fun and respectful, as well as understanding and knowledgeable. Every person that attended highly recommends Howard and loved the session!
Cath, In House Studio Fitness



Monday to Thursday: 8am to 10pm

Friday: 8am to 5pm
Saturday, Sunday: 8am to 1pm


We respond to all enquiries within 24 hours so please check junk/spam folders if you haven't received anything

Phone:  0408 314 328

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