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The Cornell Police Department is no longer conducting self defense courses at this time.

Cornell University Department of Physical Education offers Self-Defense classes to Cornell students and staff.   The course descriptions are below.   Students may register for the classes via their Student Center accounts.   Non-students must register in person at the Physical Education Office in 305 Helen Newman Hall.  For more information about the Physical Education programs and registration information, visit the PE website

PE 1390 - Women's Self Defense and Empowerment

In an atmosphere of support, women learn to de-escalate or escape potentially violent situations through assertiveness, confrontation and self-defense techniques.Students will learn boundary assertion skills, physical defenses against grabs, bear hugs, pinned situations, and other types of assault. Class format includes discussions, physical training, and information about support services.Instructor and 4th degree black belt, Kathleen Garrity is the teacher and director of Ithaca Karate Harmony with Nature School. Together, with 2nd degree black belt Ms. Robbie Sanders, they bring 43 years of women's self-defense training experience to this class.

1CR S/U NoAud 01/26/2015 - 05/05/2015

9594 LEC 001M

01:45PM - 03:15PM

TGL 201

Course fee: $110. Deadlines: Last day to add: Wed. Feb 4th, Last day to drop: Fri. Feb. 6th; For more information: Students will be responsible for the course fee if they do not drop the course by the drop deadline.


PE 1395 - Self Defense and Personal Safety in the Modern World

The ability to defend oneself and aqquire the strength and confidence that are developed are not mysterious secrets that take years to learn and apply. They are learned through a progressive training program that, when properly followed, develops awareness, as well as strength and self confidence. Using modern training equipment and up-to-date teaaching methods, Kevin Seaman, world renowned martial artist and authority on personal safety, will guide you to become more prepared to manage potential violence. The class provides an opportunity to learn a system of practical, proven self defense techniques and educate the individual in the stratagies of personal safety and awareness. This system, a composite based on 30 years experience, includes powerful street self defence, unarmed weapons defense , defense from the ground, effective use of your enviornment and defense tools found in our everyday world. Don't be a helpless victim of a violent attack. Learn to protect yourself and your loved ones.

1CR S/U NoAud 01/29/2015 - 05/05/2015

9597 LEC 001TR

03:30PM - 04:15PM

BTL 101

Seaman,K (ks273)  Course fee: $125. Deadlines: Last day to add: Wed. Feb 4th, Last day to drop: Fri. Feb. 6th; For more