Personal Safety Concepts - Self Defence Training

Our personal safety programs are an excellent alternative to the martial arts training environment where you can learn skills and strategies relevant to everyday situations. The courses are not based on combative martial art or military based strategies. Our philosophy is to enhance personal safety and reduce violence in the community.

The expertise of founder Catherine Schnell has been highly praised by many organisations and the thousands of individuals who have participated in Personal Safety Concepts courses and training for more than 25 years. Catherine is Melbourne's most experienced personal safety and self defence instructor, specialising in women's self defence, self defence in schools and workplace personal safety training.

  • Short courses and seminars for women, men, teens and children
  • Onsite at our centre or in-house for workplaces, schools, community groups.
  • Flexible program structures to suit both primary and secondary school needs and to respond to VELS curriculum requiriments in the domains of Interpersonal Development, Health and Physical Education.
  • Private family, group and individual personal safety/self defence training available.
  • Extensive experience in workplace specific personal safety training.
  • Our courses increase confidence and assertiveness of participants
  • Respond effectively to harassment, bullying and intimidating behaviour
  • Feel safer at home, work, in public places and social situations
  • Enjoy a greater sense of freedom
  • Learn effective and practical physical self defence techniques.
  • Enjoyable, safe learning environment provided by highly experienced and professionally qualified instructors.

In addition to the above Aiki-Centre & Personal Safety Concepts has current first aid training, Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training and relevant police records checks through the Victorian Government Working With Children Check (WWCC).

Upcoming short course information and personal, private group and family self defence training is listed below:

Special Event:

Autumn 2019, five week self defence course is now enrolling, starts Wed. 22nd May.

Self Defence for Women Autumn 2019 Course Info and Enrolment Flyer.

The course is presented by Catherine Schnell with over 25 years experience and is Melbourne's leading and most respected provider of personal safety training.

Aiki-Centre was proud to be a supporter of the 2012 White Ribbon in Australia's campaign to stop violence against women.

Contact us for more detailed and tailored information for in-house corporate and school based programs or private session for individuals, family or groups of friends etc.

Conference Papers presented by Instructor Catherine Schnell


Paper presented at the conference Safer Communities: Strategic Directions in Urban Planning
convened jointly by the Australian Institute of Criminology and the Victorian Community
Council Against Violence, held in Melbourne, 10-11 September 1998


Paper presented at the The Role of Schools in Crime Prevention Conference
convened by the Australian Institute of Criminology in conjunction with
the Department of Education, Employment and Training, Victoria, and Crime
Prevention Victoria and held in Melbourne, 30 September – 1 October 2002



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Self Defence Course

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Wed. 22nd May

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Watch the 8K Radius Lido Series featuring:

Catherine Schnell Sensei featured in an 8K Radius short doco shown at the opening of the Lido Cinema in 2015 directed by Clayton Jacobson with cinematography by Peter Falk



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