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About SHIELD Women's Self Defense Classes in Los Angeles

Self Defense Classes Exclusively for Women & Girls

Since 2003, SHIELD Women's Self Defense System in Los Angeles empowers women and girls by training them on how to fight back a much stronger opponent in close-range situations. SHIELD emphasizes on using leverage and lower body strength to generate power.  Based on a mixture of martial arts principles, self-defense and street  fighting skills, SHIELD Women's Self Defense System was created exclusively for women & girls. 


Awareness, verbal and psychological aspects of self defense are  incorporated in our women's self defense classes in Los Angeles area. Completing SHIELD  Women's Self Defense classes will increase self-confidence, enhance  personal safety, raise awareness and become more comfortable on how to  use one's body as a weapon.  




Our  mission is to empower women, eradicate sexual assault and even up the  playing field through our unique self defense training system.




Our Vision is for women to have self defense skills and capability to be destructive to anyone attempting to violate them.

Our Vision is for SHIELD Women's Self Defense System to be the standard self-defense training system for women and girls.


About Nelson Nio 

(founder of SHIELD):


Nelson  has been trained in various martial arts and self defense training  since childhood. In 2003, a friend of his was sexually assaulted  violently. She asked him to show her some self defense moves. He started  teaching her some self defense skills on how to fight back a much  bigger opponent. 


From teaching self defense classes to one friend, Nelson continues to  volunteering at various organizations, women's shelters and private  groups. He then became an advocate on ending violence against women. To  date, Nelson has taught self defense classes for women in Los Angeles area to over 10,000 women & girls in  major universities, high schools, Fortune 500 companies, private groups  and government entities. 


Awards and recognitions:


-  Selected by BBC World News to be featured on its documentary programme  OUTLOOK, featuring inspirational people from around the world.

- "Best of LA People" 2011 by LA Weekly   

-  Award from the Santa Monica Police Activities League


-  Award from the Consulate General of Mexico


-  Honor from Amanecer Community Counseling


-  Selected as "Civic Pride" by Glendale News Press


Nelson  has been featured on BBC World News, CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, BuzzFeed, Hallmark Channel,  KCAL9, MegaTV, Univision, Telemundo TV, and in various newspaper  articles teaching self defense classes for women and girls. He has also  been featured on E! Entertainment teaching self-defense for Kim  Kardashian and her sisters on "Keeping up with the Kardashians" TV Show.


Nelson served on the Board of Directors for YWCA Glendale and sat on the  Executive Committee for the National Organization for Women (NOW),  Hollywood.


France 24 TV "The 51%"

             Featured on France 24 show "The 51%" as an example of a Male Feminist.