Self-Defense Program
Self-Defense Program's Fundraiser

One wave sets thousands in motion.

Our annual fundraiser supports Violence Prevention outreach in the community, scholarships, and our Adapted Seido Karate program.

$75 towards $1,000


"It was awesome. I want everyone I care about to take this class. " -- participant in 12-hour self-defense course

As the Violence Prevention and Self-Defense manager at Thousand Waves, I've seen the demand for our self-defense programs take off since the end of last year. Now more than ever, people in Chicago and beyond are hungry for tools they can use to feel safe, strong, and respected in all aspects of their lives, and that's what we strive to give them -- but we can't do it alone

If you're reading this, you've likely benefited from one of our self-defense programs, or know someone who has. Please help us to continue to offer this empowering and potentially life-saving training to even more Chicagoans.

Your support enables us to continue bringing our holistic, trauma-informed self-defense and violence prevention toolset to the diverse communities in our city. We don't turn anyone away for inability to pay -- we offer both organizational and individual scholarships upon request. We've also begun offering free Self-Defense and Bystander Intervention workshops at our Center. Even when individuals and organizations pay our full fees, they don't begin to cover our costs. Thank you so much for your support.

--Amy Jones, LSW

Thousand Waves Violence Prevention & Self-Defense Program Manager