Female Self Defence System

The SKO is hosting a new set of women-only self defence courses. FSDS is an offshoot of Shorinji Kenpo. It is an entirely new syllabus based around a fight-back style taught for and by women, drawing from several different martial art and military technique basics.

It also includes lectures on current issues and the law in regards to self defence.

Currently the Monday sessions are co-run by Adrian Starr-Sensei (4th dan, head instructor of SKO) and Tessa Bell.

Training info

At present FSDS classes are held twice a week in Southampton, though they are planned to expand to Alresford, Winchester and the New Forest this year.


The Gregg Preparatory School, (originally St Winifred’s), 17-19 Winn Rd, Southampton, SO17 1EJ

Monday – 6:30 pm – 8 pm

Friday – 6:30 pm – 8 pm


For more information or for answers to any questions you may have, don’t hesitate to enquire at our FSDS Facebook group.