ESD should be a part of everyday life, not just reserved for worst-case scenarios.

Students are taught a range of skills they can take away and apply to their circumstances instead of a one-size-fits-all approach. ESD is a form of self-care and self-protection.

ESD Australia offers training through group workshops, online coaching and one-on-one sessions, and programs for schools and business.

Empowerment Self Defense brings together awareness, verbal and physical skills, and healing and adrenaline management tools. Taught within a trauma-informed lens.

We teach people how to rewire the brain to respond to stressful situations via interoceptive awareness, patterned and intentional movement breathing, grounding, centering, mindfulness and gentle yoga and martial arts techniques to regulate their nervous systems.


Psychological Skills - Awareness, Intuition, Understanding the Pattern of Abuse


Verbal Skills - Assertiveness, Boundary Setting, and De-escalation


Physical Skills - Effective, Direct, and Powerful


In the right environment, we can retrain how we perceive our capacity to assert the way we can protect ourselves. These ESD workshops will teach you to interrupt violence before it escalates.​

ESD workshops are a layered and gradual process of physical, verbal, and emotional concepts and skills, including grounding exercises when needed and mediation to support the complete mind, body, and soul experience. The workshops allow you to step into your courage zone whilst Antonella gently encourages you to tap into your power and use your voice, mind, and body to learn the techniques the unleash the woman you deserve to protect. Both touch and no-touch demonstrations are done with you having complete control over your decision-making. 


These workshops focus on shifting the blame on the perpetrator- so no victim-blaming, discuss issues of violence as a collective instead of alone and promote opportunities to share experiences and engage in community activism to gain self-healing.

We teach feminist self-defence which addresses the gender issues of socialisation and inequalities that make up physical and verbal self-defence challenging for many women regardless of cultural, social-economic, religion and gender. 

Please get in touch to register in your interest in an upcoming workshop or for Antonella to come to you to train one on one or in a group setting. Prices will vary. The best way to find out is to get in touch direct.