• October Coffee Morning
    Wed, October 28, 2020
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

As many of you know, October is International Breast Cancer Awareness Month so for our October Coffee Morning, we are focusing on women’s self defense by participating in class by Krav Maga.

About Women’s Self Defense and why Krav Maga Seoul teaches it:

Women are apt to experience high levels of stress, violence, and threats in daily life, and the kinds of attacks women deal with generally differ from those directed at men. From microaggressions, to workplace and street harassment, to domestic violence and sexual assault, women are often targeted due to cultural bias and power imbalance. Women’s self-defense adapts Krav Maga techniques to meet the needs of women in terms of dealing with women-specific attacks, bigger or stronger opponents, and building the confidence and mental strength necessary to confront abusers verbally, physically, and culturally.

The Instructor:

Jeanne is the Women’s Self Defense instructor and manager of the Krav Maga Seoul gym, holding a teaching certification for Women’s Self Defense, Levels 1 and 2 under KMF-AC. She trains Krav Maga, Pintados Kali, Pangamot and Muay Thai both in Seoul and abroad. She is passionate about building women’s general safety and confidence, as well as researching and understanding attacks and situations requiring defense, security in general, and preventative measures.

About Jeanne

Jeanne grew up in the USA and moved to South Korea at 19 years of age. She began training Krav Maga for fun with her roommate, but as she trained she grew increasingly interested in Krav Maga, and martial arts in general; but she was mostly moved by that changes she saw in herself. As a young woman in the US and in South Korea, assault and sexual assualt had been a common event in her life- being followed by cars late at night, threatening messages online, physical and sexual assualt in public and in private, day light and night time. The after effects of attacks had left her afraid and distrusting of men, with low self-esteem and a feeling of helplessness. Through training self-defense, Jeanne began to realize that not only could she protect herself if she needed- she deserved to, and it was the right thing to do. Jeanne felt confidence in many more aspects of her life as she pushed herself to stand up for herself through understanding the value of her own life and safety. After only one year of training, Jeanne became one of the Women’s Self Defense instructors at Krav Maga Seoul- the only female instructor- and continuing her training, is the only certified female Krav Maga instructor in Asia and beyond. Her passion is reminding women that they are worth protecting, that they have the right to their personal space and be whoever they want to be regardless of social pressures that teach girls and women that they can’t be strong or that they are helpless. Jeanne realized that not only was she perfectly able to protect herself from attack, but that one doesn’t need to be a martial arts master to do so- only that we need to confidence to fight back in the first place. Not only does Jeanne want to empower women who have experienced assualt or who may fear assualt, she aims to empower women in their every day lives and encourage them to love themselves and protect themselves everyday.

The Class: What we’ll be doing!

For the two hours that we’ll be together, we’ll be doing some light exercise (Krav Maga is designed so that anyone of any fitness level can learn) with a few simple self-defense tips and techniques. Jeanne will be lecturing throughout the class about what is really needed to defend one’s self and how you can actually, realistically protect yourself and prevent assault or threatening behavior from others. While this topic might seem dark, I can assure you this time is dedicated to having a good time together and bonding as women! No need to feel aprehensive – as we know, the relationships we have as women can be powerful and encouraging. Lets take something that can be frightening and taboo to speak about and blow the cover off of it!

We will also have some fun demonstrations of more advanced and fun techniques!

Some of what we’ll be speaking about is self-defense theory and the real situations that are most likely to occur! What Jeanne usually talks is a very well researched material about what works and what doesn’t, as well as what usually occurs and what is just out of the movies.

The only thing attendees need to prepare is any questions they want to find answers to, and comfortable clothing! We encourage you to wear your SIWA t-shirt and if you’re interested in purchasing one, they will be on sale at the event for 15,000 won. Please bring your own tumblers or bottles of water to the event.

Various Vendors will also be present to discuss their products and services and ofcourse exciting raffle prizes. Complimentary healthy snacks and drinks will also be provided!

The annual SIWA membership year began May 1. For members who have not yet renewed and wish to continue receiving the Members’ only benefits can take their membership by visiting this link and completing the membership:


or renew their previous year membership by visiting this link and completing the membership:


 Maximum attendance:  20

COVID-19 Precautions Measures:

  • Please do not register the event if you have traveled abroad within the past 14 days.
  • If you have a fever or any symptoms of COVID-19, please do not come to the event.
  • Please prepare your own masks and hand sanitizers to the event.
  • You will be asked to fill out a health questionnaire on site.
  • Please maintain reasonable cautionary distance from another and wear a mask.



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5, Ttukseom-ro 1na-gil, Seongdong-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Venue Information:

  • Near Ttukseom Station (뚝섬역) #201/728
  • Address: 5, Ttukseom-ro, 1 Na-gil, Seongdong-gu, Seoul, 04779 Korea (S606)// 성동구 뚝섬로 1 나길 5, 헤이그라운드 (S606)
  • Subway : Take the Line 2 train to Ttukseom Station Exit 6 or the Bundang Line train to Seoul Forest Station Exit 1 (5-minute walk)
    Bus : Take the 121, 2014, 2016, 2224, 2412 or 2413 bus (5-minute walk)
  • Affordable parking is available nearby, however, public transportation is recommended