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Self Defense

Self Defense

Our goal is to empower individuals to take responsibility for their safety and well-being

About the Training

In the wake of the COVID pandemic, the UC Davis Police Department will offer 2-hour introductory courses and two-day (24-hour) intensive self-defense courses based on the Model Mugging format. For more information about this format, visit the Model Mugging Self Defense website.

This training is hands-on, full contact (on the instructor) and geared specifically towards all aspects of self-defense against domestic and sexual assault by both known and unknown assailants. Setting boundaries, verbal confrontations, physical confrontations, and incident aftercare are just a few aspects covered.

Training Dates

Self-defense classes will begin in summer 2022. Dates for the classes have not yet been set and will be determined based on demand. Campus community members can schedule a training session by emailing our coordinator Deborah Douglas-Hammond at


If you have any questions about the class, please contact Outreach Officer Mikio McCulloch at

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