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Self Defence Resources

How to Defend Yourself – For Women

How to Defend Yourself – For Women eBook is a summary of Tim's 18 years of self defence practice and instruction.
It includes only the most important and easiest to ‘learn and do under pressure' tactics and techniques. View book.

Crime Statistics & Scholarly Articles

Articles from the Web

Crisis Telephone Numbers

  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800
  • Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
  • MensLine Australia: 1300 78 99 78
  • NSW Rape Crisis: 1800 424 017
  • 1800 RESPECT: 1800 737 732
  • Child Abuse Prevention Service: 1800 688 009
  • Family Relationship Advice Line: 1800 050 321
  • Parentline Australia: 1300 301 300


Example of Target Hardening – ATM Scenario
 (Quirky, with quality info!)

(woman defending against padded-up man)
(relevant portion of the video is 12-44 seconds)


Disclosure: Links provided to books are affiliate links. I will be paid a commission if you use this link to make a purchase.  My over-riding motivation for recommending these books because I believe they are great and would be beneficial to you.

Audio & Podcasts


Personal Safety App


with Dr Nicole Weeks and Tim Brown

Personal Strength Podcast Welcome

The Personal Strength Podcast is about helping people to thrive. Every episode provides something that you can try for yourself, your children, or your students: to improve life, fitness, resilience, or personal safety. Join Nicole Weeks, PhD and Masters qualified Psychologist and Mental Strength coach, and Tim Brown, Strength and Fitness coach and Self-Defence instructor at Personal Strength as they share their knowledge, and interview other experts in the fields of Psychology, Strength and Fitness, and Self-Defence. Browse episodes below or Subscribe:
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Recognising Abuse: Picture of Dr Deena Rosalky with the episode title and Personal Strength logo

8: Recognising Abuse

What is abuse? How do we recognise abuse? If we recognise or suspect abuse, what can we do? How can we protect our children and...

Welcome to the Personal Strength Podcast

The Personal Strength Podcast is about helping people to thrive. Every episode we help you, your children, and your students to grow and thrive

Accessible self-defence

7: Accessible self-defence training

People of all abilities have the right and need to learn to defend themselves. Self-defence isn’t about fighting, it is about dealing with conflict, verbal...


A picture of friendship. Girls hugging.

Teaching Self-defence: Friendship skills

If the only tool children have is a hammer, everything is going to look like a nail. For children to use physical self-defence skills responsibly,...

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Image showing a women practicing self defence.

Women’s Self Defence classes are not victim-blam...

I was taken aback when I first heard women’s self defence efforts called victim blaming. Learning self defence as a teenager was one of the...

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A girl demonstrating her love of flowers, and value of nature.

Teaching self-defence: The importance of values

As a parent, I want my children to be able to stand up for themselves, physically defend themselves if they need to. But I don’t...

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Our Clients


We've helped many people take control of their lives and learn to lead a better, stronger and more fulfilled life etc.
Check out what our current and past clients had say!

Self Defence For Women
Tim’s workshop has provided me a great insight of defending myself in dangerous situations. It was comprehensive and easy to understand. Started with knowing nothing about self defence, I walked away with confidence of protecting myself in just 2 hours.
Vikki Song
Self Defence For Women
Tim’s self-defence class gave me the skills to be more confident in being able to protect myself as well as making me more aware of my surroundings and being able to read situations before they got out of hand. Thanks Tim.
Jackie Stokes
Self Defence For Women
I attended a Self Defence workshop for women yesterday. It was excellent!! I learnt so much and really enjoyed the whacking part of it!! Thank you, Tim!
Kathy Campbell
Adults Fitness
More than just a gym! I would highly recommend Personal Strength to anyone who is looking to gain strength and confidence as well as to anyone looking to improve their performance in other sports. As a distance runner, cyclist and dragon-boat racer,… read more
Lisa Mah
Adults Fitness
Tim, thanks again for your demo yesterday afternoon on using the foam roller. I was always under the impression that as long as you felt OK (i.e. no sore points) then that indicated that the body was basically relaxed. Your simple demo yesterday has blown… read more
John O.
Adults Fitness
Great private gym! Tim is friendly and approachable and the atmosphere of a Personal Strength session is quite unique! His experience and knowledge is beyond most trainers you’ll meet meaning that you’ll always get value for money and far more attention… read more
Rocky Huang
Adults Fitness
Tim is a transformational coach that I have being training with for last 8 years. Tim uses the principles functional fitness that develops fitness for everyday life. Tim has taken the best of different fitness methodologies to develop his own program…. read more
Adam Davis
Adults Fitness
Great local gym with a very welcoming environment. I’ve been training with Tim for years and I have always enjoyed his personalised approach which helped me to achieve my goals. Tim is always very encouraging and makes each training session challenging,… read more
Adults Fitness
Tim helped me turn around my health and fitness completely. After 27 years of inactivity, he showed me the way to a healthier, stronger and rewarding way of life, and all in such a short time. My hat’s off to you my friend.
Chris Raap
Personal Training
Tim’s personal approach and genuine concern for my well being and progress is unique, and his advice on diet, exercise and mental/emotional balance means I enjoy a well-rounded health regime. I have seen enormous benefits from attending FunFit and… read more
Mike Godfrey
Brandon Szeto
Been training in martial arts for 15 years, I appreciate the quality of Sensei Tim's instruction and the depth of his skill. Incredibly honoured to be a part of the academy
Brandon Szeto
Leo Li
Had no idea what i was getting into upon engaging this class for my daughter, at her own request.. But it's been the best few years worth of memories of our lives. For my little girl and for me as well ! Thank you very much sensei Tim🙏.
Leo Li
Nadia Batchelor
My daughter does kick boxing sessions weekly at personal strength. She enjoys the supportive and safe environment whilst having fun keeping fit. Tim has created a great space for young people to be the best version of themselves.
Nadia Batchelor
UPDATE: it's been almost 5 years since I left this review. We're still going strong! I'm still training with Tim 💪 My now 10-year-old son is still doing Ninjas classes 👍 Great local gym with a very welcoming environment. I've been training with Tim for almost 2 years and I always enjoyed his personalised approach which helped me to achieve my goals. Tim is always very encouraging and makes each training session challenging, but rewarding. Apart from training adults, Tim is excellent working with kids and my 5.5yo son is always looking forward for his next Little Ninjas classes, which he started as a 3-year-old. Kids classes are always fun, with a mix of games and various exercises teaching self-awareness and safety. I would definitely recommend FunFit to everyone.
Karen Wakil
Fantastic mix of fitness, self-defence and life skills in a fun environment. Builds confidence, respect and strength - both physical and mental - in the children. Highly recommend!
Karen Wakil
Estelle Demontrond-Box
My boy really enjoys Tim's teenagers' fitness classes: Tim is very encouraging and motivating and has a good sense of humour! The class is very energetic and fun! Highly recommend!
Estelle Demontrond-Box
Edward Kim
Tim always keeps the workouts fresh and interesting and was always committed to safety. Workouts were always challenging but catered to the level you were at. Never a boring session and looked forward to them always. Great community feel and music too! Only reason I'm not going anymore is because I moved to the other side of Sydney.
Edward Kim
Ruth Hawkins
Both my 4 year old girl and 6 year boy absolutely love the classes. They've done lots of other activities over the years but there's something about being a little ninja that makes them light up and they enjoy every minute of the class.
Ruth Hawkins
Michael Darcy
Great classes. My daughter loves them. They're a good mix of fun, fitness, knowledge and skills. An awesome find.
Michael Darcy
Pablo Lillo
Very friendly people and staff, classes are fun and engaging!
Pablo Lillo