One Light Self-Defense

 Preparing hearts, minds, and bodies of women around the world

Regardless of income or status, the potential for violence against women exists in all communities….

The One Light self-defense team focuses on a single goal:

Preparing women to avoid, face, or heal from physical violence, transforming them from victims into survivors.

About One Light Self-Defense:

The One Light self-defense team, based in Illinois, began with diversified individuals who had been training in self-defense and embraced a passion to help others with those skills.

Since 2009, the One Light selGroup Shotf-defense team has traveled to the poorest slums in Nairobi, Kenya, where girls face physical attacks EVERYDAY. Using simple self-defense techniques, girls and community leaders have been empowered physically, mentally, and emotionally.

An awareness of existing and growing physical violence compelled the team to offer self-defense workshops in the U.S. During the past fours years, school staff and students, realtors, corporations, women’s groups, churches, and families have seized the opportunity to prepare themselves for a world that faces bullying, domestic violence, molestation, rape, and human trafficking.


What One Light Does

A 3-hour workshop that focuses on simple techniques to release and run from attacks.

• Avoidance tactics.
• Self-defense misconceptions.
• Offensive/defensive techniques:
(e.g., strikes and targets; chokes; grabs; bear hugs; and hair pulls).

All participants are required to sign a waiver; those under 18 years must have a parent/guardian signature. Attendees should be at least 11 years old. Dress in comfortable clothing and gym shoes. No flip-flops or jewelry, please.

What You Can Do

  • Attend a self-defense workshop.
  • Plan a self-defense workshop/training for others.

One Light does not charge for training, but as a partner with Women At Risk, International (WAR, Int’l) asks that you make a free-will donation to WAR, Int’l, known for its fight against human trafficking, rehabilitating victims, and giving a voice to the silent cries of the oppressed. Your donations are 100% tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.

Jeanette Brook
Tarne Mixson