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Are you a passionate personal trainer or martial artist looking to expand your skillset and make a real impact in your community? Adding Self Defense Trainer Certification to your skillset takes your career and your clients to the next level!

Join Our 30-hour Self Defense Trainer Certification Course Live & Online!

Course Language: English |  Course Manual: English


*Pretty Deadly is the first self defense trainer certification course in the world to be accredited by international governing sports bodies.

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The Pretty Deadly Self Defense Trainer Certification course is a 30-hour online + live training that includes both theory and practice, that can be completed consecutively or in two parts according to your schedule*:


Days 1-3 Online: 2-hour interactive sessions + self study

Day 4 Live:  6-hour technique training

Day 5 Live: 6-hour practice & safety training + test


Online sessions:

  • theory

  • methodology

  • trauma awareness and support training


...along with business & marketing basics, and how to adapt self defense to your existing fitness or martial arts practice.


Live sessions cover our signature approach to teaching self defense techniques designed to fast-track your clients' skill acquisiton, grow community, and boost confidence levels through the roof.

*Online & live sessions must be completed within 6 months 


Regular price


Limited time offer:


course material & manual included

NASM:    1.9 CEs

AFAA:     15 CEs

ISSA:       20 Hrs CEUs


Upcoming Certification Course

Dates & Locations:

Next Online Course:

September 20-21

11am-1pm CEST

October 25-27

11am-1pm EST

Next Live Course:

September 23 & 24

10am-4pm CEST

Berlin, Germany

September 23 & 24

10am-4pm GMT

London, UK

October 28 & 29

10am-4pm CST

Chicago, USA 

Why Choose Our Self Defense Trainer Certification Course?

Comprehensive Curriculum

Our trauma-informed curriculum covers a wide range self-defense techniques, including Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and more.

Expert Instructors

Learn from experienced self-defense experts with over 40 years experience in teaching women martial arts and self defense.

Flexible Learning

Choose from flexible course options to fit your schedule, combining in-person and online classes according to your calendar.

Internationally Accredited

Trainer certification meets CEU/CPD requirements for NASM, AFAA, ISSA and CIMSPA, and is valid for 2 years.

Course Outline

Our certification course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to teach effective self-defense techniques. Here's a glimpse of what you'll learn:

  • Basic self-defense principles

  • Techniques for standing and ground situations

  • Safety protocols for full contact training 

  • Teaching methods for different age groups and fitness levels

  • Legal and ethical aspects of self-defense instruction

Certification Benefits
  • Credibility: Stand out as a certified self-defense trainer, gaining trust and credibility among your clients.

  • Diversify Your Services: Offer self-defense training as an additional service to your fitness clients.

  • Empower Others: Help individuals in your community feel safer and more confident.

  • Increase Income: Expand your client base and potentially increase your income by offering specialized self-defense training sessions.

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Don't miss this opportunity to become a certified self-defense trainer. Space is limited, so secure your spot today!


To enroll, simply fill out the form below, and our team will get in touch with you to guide you through the registration process.

Course Details
  • Duration: 30 Hours (flexible scheduling options)

  • Location: Upcoming live trainings in Berlin, London, and Chicago!

  • Online: Join from anywhere for the online portion of the certification course

  • Cost: $599 (includes course materials and certification)

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Course Details

  • Duration: 6 weeks (flexible scheduling options)

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  • Online Option Available: Join from the comfort of your home

  • Cost: $599 (includes course materials and certification)

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If you have any questions or need more information, feel free to reach out to our friendly team:

Join us on a journey to empower others with self-defense skills and take your personal training career to new heights! Become a certified self-defense trainer today.

More About Pretty Deadly

Not Your Grandmother's Self Defense ;)

Pretty Deadly Self Defense is designed for the way women actually learn, the things women actually face, and that's actually fun! 


Created by violent crime survivor and martial artist Susie Kahlich, the Pretty Deadly Program was developed as an answer to traditional, fear-driven self defense courses that too often scare women away for the very reasons they're learning self defense in the first place!

What A Pretty Deadly Class Is Like

Emphasizing functional movement and body dynamics, Pretty Deadly classes are modeled on Crossfit's limited class size to encourage connection and take advantage of personal training in a small group training setting, and Zumba's high-energy choreography and sheer joy of movement. 

Pretty Deadly Worldwide

It's a winning combination that's been empowering thousands of women around the world since 2016.

Trainer Certification

Pretty Deadly began certifying self defense trainers in 2018 with the goal of making accessible self defense more accessible to more women, while offering fitness and martial arts pros a proven method for teaching self defense to women and truly helping clients grow. 

Trauma-informed Approach

Pretty Deadly's trainer certification course takes a trauma-informed approach to support both clients and instructors in safe, healthy environments. 

International Community

The Pretty Deadly Trainer Community includes martial artists, personal trainers, yoga instructors and boxing coaches from Pakistan to the UK, and Germany to USA.

Be A Part of Something Bigger

Pretty Deadly dedicates a portion of its profits to its volunteer work bringing self defense to vulnerable groups. Visit our Mission page to learn more about our field work fueled by our global community.

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