Enrichment and Education


Winnetka Community House offers classes on a variety of subjects for all ages. Whether you’re looking for activities for toddlers, school aged children, adults or even dogs, WCH offers it!

Classes include:

  • Next Program Starts: 06/19/18
  • Instructor: Michael Theriaut (The Braveway LLC)
  • Ages: 8 - and up

Give us two hours and we'll teach you, your family, and your friends how to defend yourselves. Originally certified by the State of Illinois to teach police officers, this is one of the easiest to learn and most effective self-defense classes you can take. We're not going to give you a false sense of security or teach you a bunch of stuff like many self-defense companies teach, that might not work in a real life or death situation. The techniques we teach will stop an attacker immediately. They're easy to learn and use, don't require constant practice or years of training to master, and work regardless of your age, size, strength, speed, skill or physical ability. You'll work with a partner to learn the techniques taught in class which include defenses against armed and unarmed attackers; single/multiple attackers; standing, sitting, and ground techniques; and rape defense/prevention. This isn't a safety lecture, although you will learn ways to make you safer at work, at home, at school, when traveling, and more. Learn to anticipate and avoid potentially dangerous situations and how to defend yourself against a physical attack including; grabs, punches, chokes, bear hugs, headlocks, kicks, knives, guns, and more from a much bigger and stronger attacker. Participants will also be given a Personal Safety Guide to help make you and your families safer in all areas of your lives. This Class Could Save Your Life. Every girl at or near dating age should take this class. Our classes are targeted at teens and adults, but 8-11 year olds can sign up and take a class with an adult. We have been teaching our program for over 15 years for police officers, over 40 schools(both students and teachers), 16 park districts, Park District Staffs, Community Education Programs, Libraries, Scout Troops, Battered Women's Shelters, Realtors, Summer Camps, Churches and Synagogues, Clubs, Private Groups, Individuals, and for Companies - both large and small. Our instructors have multiple advanced martial arts, military, and security backgrounds.