Continuing Education

Joanne Factor

Joanne Factor

Joanne has been teaching safety and self-defense for over 20 years.

As owner and instructor at Strategic Living, LLC, Personal Safety and Self-Defense Training, she’s taught ages 5 to 75, students and sorority sisters, homeless women and business executives, and everyone in between.

She’s worked with middle-age and older women concerned with going out and about, younger women looking to travel and date, health care workers concerned with giving their best while staying safe on home visits, girls off to college, girls navigating high school, middle school girls wanting to baby-sit and take the bus by themselves, female veterans dealing with chronic PTSD, abused women looking to make safer choices, LGBTQ folks wanting to keep our community safer, homeless women, and women in transitional and low-income housing.

Joanne’s expertise has been featured on KING 5 TV, KOMO 4 TV, KIRO Channel 7 TV, Q13’s Washington’s Most Wanted, KUOW 94.9 FM, and The Seattle Times Magazine.

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Joanne holds a BA from Cornell University, a black belt in karate, and was named Seattle’s Best Feminist Butt-Kicker in 2007 by the Seattle Weekly.

She is author of the forthcoming book Self-Defense 101: What Every Woman Absolutely, Positively Needs to Know for Her Own Safety.

Courses Taught

Self Defense for Women 101

Learn real risks facing women today, assailant tricks, crucial targets, creating an impact, and releases from common grabs. Great class to take with a friend! Price includes materials fee. Visit

Note: This class is held at Seattle Central College.

Learn more about Self Defense for Women 101 by visiting the CE blog.

Mo 7pm–9pm Feb 5Mar 19 (6 sessions) $169.00
Off campus, Seattle Central College (Main Campus)
Class meets at Seattle Central College: 1701 Broadway, Seattle WA 98122 Broadway Edison Bldg Room 1139B
This class is already in session. Please call or email the Continuing Education office for possible late registration.
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