Founded in 1993, Ruckus Safety Awareness began as a unique
group of Asian women martial artists who came together to
promote safety awareness and self-defense skills within the
Asian Pacific Islander (API) women's community.
Today, we offer trainings not only for API women, but also
women of all backgrounds, youth, and the Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual and Transgender communities.
Our self-defense and safety awareness trainings and seminars
provide skills in a culturally sensitive space where participants
are encouraged to learn and share their experiences in a
Material covered includes physical skills, verbal skills, awareness
exercises, prevention strategies, assertive- ness training,
and discussions regarding safety and violence in our society.
“Studying self defense gave me a framework
to constuctively oppose the unfair systems
that create violence.”
- Jenny Lee, Ruckus Instructor
“Imagine my surprise when I left the session
feeling that it is so important that everyone
should be exposed to self-defense and that I
had not only spent my Saturday morning well,
but I enjoyed it thoroughly.”
- Participant, age 50
“Self-defense opened me up to all the available options my body has.
I used to think that in order to defend yourself effectively,
you had to have a weapon.”
- Participant, age 16