Empowered Today


We are an Australian owned not-for-profit organisation based near Byron Bay dedicated to providing the best empowerment and self-defence training for girls and women, 14 years and older.  Through real-life simulations and practice drills, we coach you to find your voice, your inner strength and your physical confidence.

Our series of practical workshops cover topics such as Situational Awareness, Busting Safety Myths, Boundary Setting, De-escalation, Consent, Predator Resistance, The Adrenal Dump, Sexual Assault, the Fight-Flight-Freeze response, the differences between Confrontation, Aggression and Violence and how to recognise and deal with each situation appropriately.

We teach verbal, mental and physical skills for violence prevention and de-escalation, so that you can make informed choices in order to assess and avoid violent situations.

Lisa - has over 20 years of teaching experience and is one of only three certified ESD trainers in Australia. She is a 1st degree black belt in both Aikido and Goshindo and is passionate about the transformation that happens when women are taught Empowerment Self Defence. ​

Mark - has been doing martial arts for over 25 years. He is a 5th degree black belt in Aikido and has been running dojos and teaching self defence for the last 15 years. His goal is to affect positive change in people's lives by providing training that empowers those at risk of sexual violence.​

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