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Self-Defense Workshops in Santa Cruz for Kids and Teens. You can request a Private Workshop for your Group

Teens Girls Self-Defense Workshop will be held July 14, 2024, 11:30pm - 2:00pm at The Tannery, Studio 111 Ages 12 -17.

Call to Book a Self-Defense Workshop for Your Kids Group

Benefits of Children’s Self-Defense

Your child is treated with respect

  • Your child will learn skills appropriate for her/his age group
  • Your child’s skill level will increase, regardless of what they “know” or “don’t know”
  • Empowerment will feel very good to your child
  • She/he will be learn how to stand up to bullies. Self-confidence will be the biggest benefit for most children
  • Your child will know how to be safe when you aren't around
  • Your child will learn the difference between respect for loved ones, and when respect is not appropriate
  • Your child will learn about the inappropriate behavior of others
  • You will get peace of mind
  • In only 2.5 Hours!

These Success-Based Workshops will Give Your Child Confidence for Success in Life’s Daily Challenges with Age-Appropriate Skills & Knowledge.

Hello to All Moms ~ Dads ~ Caregivers~

Safety for your child is at the top of almost every parent's list of skills you'd like her/him/them to have. With my extended experience in martial arts and self-defense training, I give each child the best methods, tools & skills for them to be as safe as possible in our community.

Workshops are an immediate solution to your concerns for your child's safety

Our children face challenges on a daily basis, no matter how big or small. What is truly the most important thing in life you’d like for your child? Whatever that is for you, know that with the ability to speak up, know what to say, and physical know-how, your child will be able to stay as safe as possible in confrontational situations.

Your children will learn strategies for dealing with bullies, inappropriate comments by others, and what to say/do in the presence of a potentially confrontational/threatening situations. This, in turn, gives them the ability to speak up in all situations where they need to tell others what they'd like, their preferences, their goals, and be respected for it.

Our Workshops are 'urgency self-defense' training. The know-how they come away with will be a great start on their journey to being as safe as possible. And it's very empowering!

Bully Breakers Program~

If your group or school would like this anti-bully training, contact me.

They will learn how to make decisions based on their own ideas, words, actions, feelings, needs and thoughts, instead of others’ thoughts, ideas, actions, words, needs and desires. When a child “follows” all the time, they are giving someone else their power. When they choose to make their own decisions amongst their peers, they are becoming leaders. Understanding how this dynamic works is not as important for a child as is knowing how to make it happen.

We all want strong, confident, and happy children, with an able-to-do-anything attitude. It takes time to change behavioral patterns. Bully Breakers will give them a huge head start.

Children matter to us, as they matter to you. Too often I have seen children feeling powerless, not knowing what to say or what to do to hold onto their power. They simply have not been trained.

For short-term solutions, the Bully Breakers Program will give children a head start into finding their power.

Feel free to contact me for more information about your child and his/her situation, whether you'd like to schedule a Bully Breakers session for your child's school and/or you'd like to get your child into a self-defense workshop. Remember that you can bring your own group together to do a private Workshop.


Clara E Minor
Master Instructor/Trainer
MANOLAMA Martial Arts & Self-Defense Master