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WATCHDOG Safety Summit - Empowerment Self Defense (NEW!)

Empowerment Self-Defense (ESD) is a holistic, trauma-informed approach to self-defense. ESD aims to empower and give individuals the power to choose how to respond to dangerous situations without judgment or victim-blaming. It empowers individuals to be in command of their mind, body, and spirit. It teaches that we are allowed to live our lives boldly and freely without fear.

A cost of $10* covers participation in the WATCHDOG Safety Summit. This is a non-refundable fee. No prior martial arts or self-defense experince is needed. 

*Due to a generous donation from the Michael R. Avila Scholarship, a limited number of $10 (full cost) scholarships are available. Please contact Kathy Yarmo at for further information.

Spring 2024 Registration

The WATCHDOG Safety Summit will be held at the Resnick Student Union on Saturday, April 6 with two different time options available to a maximum of 50 students in each class:

  • 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Registration is now closed.

For more information about the program, please contact Kathy Yarmo at 559.278.6739 or Requests for accommodations should be made at least one week in advance of the program.