Teachers Certification

Since the early 1970’s, the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation has pioneered in the development of self defense instruction, bringing together highly-trained martial artists and women knowledgeable about the issues of violence — enabling them to gain support, share ideas and promote quality programs. We believe that women deserve the highest standards in self defense instructors.

We offer a teachers’ certification for NWMAF members. This is a comprehensive application, meant to cover the full range of skills involved to teach women’s self-defense at a high level. Physical skills, verbal skills, anti-violence education, the works.

Here’s what one recently-certified member had to say:

“I would like to express how much I value this certification. As an independent contractor for health and fitness classes (I place self defense in this grouping), I get frustrated & discouraged by the “fly-by-night” operations that pass out certifications as if they were candy at Halloween. They come in all forms – online, home study, 4-hr seminars – for all types of things such as personal training, group fitness & yes, self defense. So I ask, isn’t something worth getting, worth working for? I specifically sought this certification because it was not easy to get & it was a thorough, thoughtful process. I absolutely enjoyed Pre-ST & ST & appreciate the certification process that has been established.”

DiAnn Lanke Stasik, Women Only Workout


Applications, along with the requirements for certification, are available on the NWMAF website.  Among the requirements for certification are attendance at at least one Self Defense Instructors’ Conference and the Self Defense Track at Special Training.


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