Don't be a Victim

Women’s Safety & Awareness Program


Empower yourself

Develop the skills and awareness to stay safe


    Aikido is practical, effective, and efficient.

    Why Aikido for Women?

    Aikido techniques are practical and adaptable to real-world self-defense scenarios. Women can learn how to respond effectively to various types of attacks, such as grabs, punches, and holds. These techniques can be tailored to different situations, ensuring versatility in self-defense.

    As women gain proficiency in Aikido, they develop increased confidence in their ability to protect themselves. This newfound self-assuredness can be invaluable in daily life, reducing the vulnerability many women may feel in potentially unsafe situations.

    Aikido techniques are designed to be effective regardless of one’s physical strength. This makes it an accessible choice for women, as it doesn’t rely on sheer power. Instead, Aikido leverages timing, and body mechanics, allowing even smaller individuals to overcome larger opponents.



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    Women's SAFETY

    Sign up for the workshop

    This workshop will discuss and demonstrate the process to increase one’s safety through improved awareness of environmental conditions. Participants will learn and practice physical self-defense techniques. The class will include the application of awareness skills in simulated reality-based scenarios.

    Date: Saturday, October 21, 2023

    Time: 2:00 to 4:30 PM

    Location: Newport Beach Aikido – Shin Do Kan Dojo

    2018 Quail Street, Newport Beach CA 92660

    Suggested Donation: $35.00 (After signing up, you will be redirected to donate for the program).

    Space is Limited.


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    Assaults to women

    One in five women is likely to be assaulted in her lifetime.

    A rape happens once every 5 minutes in the U.S. 

    You will know the rapist 75% of the time. All women live with a certain level of risk of violent crime. Statistics show that a woman now 21 years old has a 1 in 4 chance of experiencing a violent crime in her lifetime.

    Nationwide, 81% of women and 43% of men reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment and/or assault in their lifetime.



    Meet Our instructors

    Our Women’s Safety and Awareness workshop will be instructed by Omar Martinez – Retired Police Force Officer and Gentil Pennewaert Shihan, 7th Dan Aikikai.

    As a Retired Police Lieutenant and Tactical Training Instructor,  Omar Martinez advises and supports the training and educational development segments of the OCBAF non-profit organization. With over 27 years in a major California law enforcement agency, he has worked as a Patrol Watch Commander, Detective, and as a basic academy and an advanced training instructor.  

    Gentil Pennewaert Shihan is the Chief Instructor of Newport Beach Aikido and has over 40+ years experience in Aikido and  Belgium Special Forces Regiment (Red Berets) with Close Combat Advanced Training and Stealth Training.

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    Call the dojo at 949-553-0160.