How to Host A Workshop 


Here Is What You Do:

  • Establish audience: ages and genders.

  • Find a location for the workshop.

    • Open space

    • Access to water and restrooms

  • Select potential dates, 3-hour time frame.

    *Time frame can be modified.

  • Contact One Light Self-Defense with dates to be confirmed.

  • Advertise/invite.

  • Encourage participants to register/RSVP at least one week before the event.


  • Minimum of 20 participants are required one week prior to the workshop


While workshops are free, participants have the opportunity to make a donation to help support One Light’s mission of preparing people to avoid, face, or heal from physical violence.


Occasionally, host organizations prefer to make a donation on behalf of the participants.


100% of donations go to victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, rape, molestation, or incest.


Here Is What We Do:

  • Offer a team proportionate to the number of registered participants

  • Provide equipment, name tags, and waivers.

    *Waivers for unaccompanied minors require a parent/guardian signature prior to workshop.The waiver is available on the website.


3-hour workshop (release and run philosophy):

  • Safety awareness

  • Avoidance tactics

  • Striking techniques

  • Self-defense misconceptions

  • Strikes and targets

  • Defensive techniques: grabs, chokes, hair pulls, bear hugs

  • Self-defense workshops are adapted to meet the specific needs of men and women of varying ages, professions, or needs upon request.



One Light Waiver Form  



A signed waiver form is required for each participant.





2020 upcoming workshops
Please note:
Unfortunately, at this time all classes
are on hold due to Covid-19.
We hope you stay safe during this time!
May 2020
May 2nd (9AM-12PM) Matteson Public Library
May 7th (1PM-3PM) Chicago Regional Reps - Rosemont PE
May 7th (6PM - 9PM) Pinpoint Realtors - Joliet
May 12th (6PM-9PM) Grand Prairie Elementary - Joliet PE
May 28th (8AM-11AM) Carson School - Chicago PE
June 2020
Jun 6th (9AM-11AM) Matteson Public Library AC
July 2020
Jul 18th (9AM-12PM) Thornton Township
14323 S Halsted Ave Riverdale
Jul 18th (12:30PM-2:30) Thornton Township AC
14323 S Halsted Ave Riverdale
Jul 28th (6PM-9PM) Rep. McDermed - Mokena Public Library 11327 195th St
PE = (Private Event)
AC (Advanced Class - You must have attended a basic class to sign-up for this class.)
Need More information about a class?
Email us:

Totals by Year:

2019: 59 workshops, 1,794 trained

2018: 96 workshops, 2,691 trained

2017: 30 workshops, 804 trained

2016: 35 workshops, 921 trained

2015: 24 workshops, 516 trained

2014: 22 workshops, 508 trained

2013: 15 workshops, 509 trained

2012: 10 workshops, 128 trained

2011:  10 workshops, 332 trained

2009/10: 8 workshops, 442 trained

Ten Years:

310 workshops

Over 8,650 trained




Businesses/corporations, public libraries, church groups, Girl Scouts, high schools, colleges, and police departments.


*Safehouses, Bangkok and Chang Mai, Thailand

*Girls and trainers from Missions of Hope International schools, Nairobi, Kenya 

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