Physical Training Resources

Links: Self-defense Martial arts  Firearms training Survival



Scáth na Feannóige Fitness Files

Ms. Fitness Magazine -Real World Feminist Fitness

Play to Strength (Saigh’s business)


National Women’s Martial Arts Federation Certified Self-Defense Instructor List – US, Canada and Trinidad listings

Prevention Action Change – Maine

Association for Women’s Self-Defense Advancement

IMPACT Boston Check their links for other locations

Model Mugging “California, Colorado, Texas, Pennsylvania, Hawaii and abroad”

Not Today – Pacific NorthWest

Rape Aggression Defense System Full-contact self-defense training (please note that quality of RAD training apparently varies, please beware of victim-blame and “stranger dangers” tendencies in many trainers, this is listed as it is wide spread and available via many universities and colleges )

Martial Arts

The Cateran Society Highland Broadsword

International Krav Maga Federation

Krav Maga Worldwide Enterprises

National Women’s Martial Arts Federation

Firearms Training

AWARE Home Page Defensive weapons training by women for people of all genders in Massachusetts

Paxton Qugley’s Hompage Foremost spokeswoman for guns as self-defense for women

Women and Guns Magazine Keep up on recent issues and join the forum

Lethal Force Institute – Massad Ayoob In New Hampshire, but classes in other states too

Survival Sites

Jack Mountain Bushcraft School

Survival Blog

Bug-Out/Jump/Go Kits (via the Way Back Machine)




Danny Abshire and Brian Metzler, Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger, Healthier Running Boulder, Colorado: Velopress, 2010

Thomas R. Baechle and Roger W. Earle, Fitness Weight Training, Human Kinetics, 2014

Barbara Bushman, ACSM’s Complete Guide to Fitness & Health, 2nd edition, Human Kinetics, 2017

Sarah Hays Coomer, Physical Disobedience: An Unruly Guide to Health & Stamina for the Modern Feminist, New York: Seal Press, 2018

Danny and Kathryn Dreyer, Chi Running: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-free Running, New York: Fireside – Simon & Schuster, 2004

Liz Neporent, Suzanne Schlosberg and Shirley Archer, Weight Training for Dummies, 3rd edition, Indianapolis: Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2006 (there are several editions of Weight Training For Dummies, written by different people, this is the only one I recommend….there are still gender issues and over use of the word “tone” but as a general starter or refresher it’s functional)

Self-Defense, martial arts and theories

Massad F. Ayoob,  The Truth About Self-Protection

Dr. Judith Fein,  Exploding the Myth of Self-Defense: A Survival Guide for Every Woman (Dr. Fein’s books are the most practical for hand-to-hand here, but do not replace actual training)

Dr. Judith Fein,  Are You a Target: A Guide to Self-Protection and Personal Safety

Bo Hardy, Defensive Living: When Defensive Driving, Diets and Exercise Aren’t Enough to Keep You Alive and Well!

Martha McCaughey,Real Knockouts: The Physical Feminism of Women’s Self-Defense, NY: New York University Press, 1997, NY: New York University Press, 1997

Ellen Snortland, Beauty Bites Beast: Awakening the Warrior Within Women and Girls,  Trilogy Books, 1998


Massad F. Ayoob, In the Gravest Extreme: The Role of the Firearm in Personal Protection

Paxton Quigley, Armed and Female: Twelve Million American Women Own Guns, Should You?


John “Lofty” Wiseman, SAS Survival Handbook

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