Most martial arts instructors eventually find themselves teaching self defense to untrained civilians. This often requires adapting traditional techniques and teachings into readily learned, simplified movements with minimal to no repetition and practice. Many crash-course workshops emphasize gross motor movement and/or concepts to facilitate rapid learning instead of ingraining muscle memory. Using techniques derived from traditional Japanese and SE Asian martial arts, this workshop will demonstrate how teaching concepts such as leverage, can offset physical differences in a modern setting, while helping develop confidence to decrease an individual’s vulnerability. The instructors would also welcome others to share their approaches to teaching basic self defense to the untrained such that we can all benefit from our collective experiences and perspectives.