“Great bunch of girls, fab instructors- great stress buster on a Wednesday night with lots of laughs, and learning how to defend yourself at the same time. Thanks guys- love this class!”

About the class

At our Kyushindo ladies self defence classes, you’ll learn simple but effective techniques that DO work. The techniques that we teach are a combination of self defence, karate and judo that we’ve specially designed just for ladies. You’ll also build in confidence, have fun and get fit in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere in Abingdon. Plus, if you’re a complete beginner, don’t worry, you don’t need any martial arts experience to join the classes, just lots of enthusiasm!

“Life saver, hugely supportive brilliant group of ladies, Kev and Lau do a fab job. Great to rebuild confidence keep safe and have so much fun. Love you Kyushindo!”

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Laura aims for the classes in Abingdon to be fun and also informative for all the ladies that take part. Your first lesson is FREE and then just £4 a class after.

“I’ve been attending the self defence sessions each week for over a year now … I still love my mid week ‘therapy’ with this lovely little group. Laura and Kevin are amazing instructors, funny, sensitive and really supportive.
Forget all your preconceptions grab a friend, sister even your mum, take a deep breathe and join us…… you have nothing to lose and everything to gain! Loved it! Had a fantastic time, highly recommend these classes.”

Kyushindo Ladies Self Defence is proudly sponsored by:

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Where to find us

Thameside School, Cotman Close Entrance, Preston Road, OX14 5NQ

Ladies Self Defence

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Ladies Self Defence 51.661224, -1.292997 Ladies Self Defence

Class Times & Cost

Ladies Self Defence
Wednesday, 7:30 – 9:00pm
Cost £4


Laura Gilbert, Instructor, 2nd Dan (Judo), Black Belt (Karate)

Laura GilbertLaura started training under Mike James in 1990 at the age of six after following her brother into Judo. Since that day, Laura has never looked back. One of few women to attain black belts in two Kyushindo disciplines she is now a 2nd Dan instructor in Judo with a black belt in Karate. In 2013, Laura took a three month career break to teach self defence and karate at an all girls summer camp in New York State. After returning from America with lots of new ideas for her classes, Laura and Kevin Arblaster set up the Kyushindo Ladies Self Defence classes at Thameside School in Abingdon.

“My next goal is to train for my 1st Dan in Karate by the end of 2015. I will also be growing the Ladies Self Defence classes and raising awareness in the community for ladies to know how to stay safe. I want to get the best out of all my pupils in every aspect of Judo and Ladies Self Defence. I always aim to make my classes fun, effective and a confidence boost for everyone who attends.”


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