Schools & Colleges

Workshops and programs for schools

Sydney Self Defence is a provider of STAY SAFE Programs to the Schools and Colleges of New South Wales. Our highly qualified and well trained team can come to your school or college or by arrangement you can bring your students to our huge, fully equipped Sydenham Academy.

We provide STAY SAFE Workshops to match both Secondary and Primary School’s Curriculum. Initially we started with ‘at Risk’ teens platforms,  ‘Links to Learning’, ‘Within the Mirror’, ‘Cross Roads’ programs that identified risk for individual teens. Over the last 18 years we have expanded our training platforms, methods and outcomes.

Our proven expertise is Self Defence, Personal Safety and Protective Behaviour.

Our mission is young people, especially those who need us most, build strong character, train them safe and help them realise their full potential as responsible citizens and leaders.

Our paradigm shift as a Self Defence Training organisation is firstly that we abhor violence. Our programs are not about violence, they are not about hurting people, they are simply about stopping people from hurting us.

All our workshops teach empowerment, effective decision making, predator /prey relationships, relationship dangers, conflict resolution, negotiation and exit strategies, body language, internet dangers and effective physical self defence. Our balanced approach to learning matches the excellent PDHPE Syllabus in many key areas, for example:

  • Stage 4 – Physical Activity, Bullying and Harassment, Bullying, Protective Strategies, Relationship Dangers, etc.
  • Stage 5 – PASS, Risky Relationships, Movement, Skill and Performance, Relaxation, Lifelong Physical Activity
  • Stage 6 – Health, Fitness Choices, Violence and Internet Dangers

We have many schools using our services, up to 60 per year with up to 10,000 students attending our programs.

View and download our STAY SAFE Schools Program Info Pack


Sydney Self Defence can satisfy PDHPE and Board of Education needs, Cross Roads, Life in the Balance, Pastoral Care, Sports and Leadership Camps, Links to Learning and Health and Development days.

Our wealth of experience at teaching Community Level Programs assists in our depth of knowledge and passion for assisting teens to make great and safer decisions. We are involved with Youth at Risk, Youth off the Streets, Sister to Sister, YO YO, Life Changing Experiences, Brighter Futures, After the Storm, Survivors of Domestic Violence as well as Help Back programs. Chris Futcher-Coles is an active White Ribbon Ambassador.

So many schools and Colleges use our services differently. Please contact us and ask how we can best serve your specific needs.

A review from Andrew Moody
Yr 12 Guidance Coordinator Cerdon College

“The Self Defence course run by Chris has been an extremely important part of our Pastoral Care policy. He is a most enthusiastic, knowledgeable and supportive instructor who holds the attention of all our students over the two hour period. His message is clear and vital to the self awareness of our senior students. Our girls participate enthusiastically in all the self defence steps and finish tired but more confident and aware of the possible dangers around them. They are also much more fully informed about the processes involved to keep themselves out of harms way. He conducts each session in a practical manner that is fun for all students.

We have engaged Chris’ services for the past five years at Cerdon and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.”

A review From Lauren Bellman, Lurnea High School Sydney for Crossroads and Qigong.

‘Chris and his team were fantastic with our students. They are highly engaging and provide students with real life scenarios and coping strategies to get out of trouble. They got our students to move out of their comfort zone and try something new. We cant wait to book you again for next year.’

Thank you :)


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No 2 Schools or Colleges are alike. Contact us with your specific needs, we will be happy to dovetail and balance our program to suit your specific needs.