Students Fight Back Northern Illinois University Nicole Snell

College &

High School

Everyone can benefit from learning the basics

of how to defend themselves!

Personal safety & self-defense are about so much more than physical skills.  It's learning to set boundaries, communicate them to others, enforce them and defend them if necessary. These are life skills that we can carry with us to help us be prepared no matter where we go. When we are willing to speak up for ourselves, we claim our power. And knowing you can defend yourself physically can help you walk through the world with confidence!

I have empowered thousands of students across the country, In Person & Virtually!

Verbal skills and physical skills are tools in our toolbox to give us a choice in how we respond to a sketchy situation and gives us the freedom to decide what works best for us.

 

The skills I teach can be used by anyone regardless of your age,

athletic ability, gender, body type or previous experience!

My interactive college and high school PROGRAMS are designed to help students:

  • Feel more comfortable setting personal boundaries that work for them.

  • Develop and trust their intuition to identify potential issues in their environment.

  • Feel increased confidence and comfort using their voice.

  • Learn basic safety tools and skills so that they can feel confident going to college or exploring the world.

  • Find safe ways to intervene and be an active bystander in situations that may involve harm to others.

  • Offer judgement free support for a survivor in their life.

  • Recognize key manipulation tools that may be used against them.

  • Incorporate proactive verbal strategies to regain control of a situation.

  • Identify situations that require them to enter self-defense mode.

  • Know what simple self-defense skills are needed to incapacitate an attacker so they can get to safety.

The best way to protect someone is to teach them how to

protect  themselves.

Programs

Available Virtually or In Person

 

Girls Fight Back

The world renowned personal safety and empowerment self-defense seminar for women & girls!

Students Fight Back

Students of all genders can benefit from learning the basics of personal safety & self-defense!

The Awkward Hug

Learn how to handle awkward encounters with people you know in an empowered, respectful and socially acceptable way!

Yes I'm Hiking Solo

Learn some simple badass self-defense skills to feel safe wherever the outdoors takes you.

Hands On Safety Workshop

Practice simple self-defense techniques with the addition of hitting strike pads.

Girls Fight Back

College, High School, Jr. High, Private groups, Advocates, Conferences, Corporations

Girls Fight Back was born in direct response to the June 2001 murder of a dynamic, athletic, and loved college student named Shannon McNamara. After Shannon’s death, her friend and sorority sister, Erin Weed, realized the need for practical and empowering options for young women to learn violence prevention and self-defense. Nicole Snell took over the program in 2020 and is continuing the mission of teaching women everywhere how to be their own best protector.

The Girls Fight Back seminar is designed to be a safe space for women/girls and those who identify as women/girls to learn about self defense. It combines core values, a fun and empowering attitude, and the best safety and self-defense methods available. You are worth fighting for!

The program is 75 minutes + Q&A and includes these key components:

  • Using your intuition

  • Safety strategies – awareness, eye contact, verbal boundaries

  • Recognizing tools of manipulation

  • How to be an active bystander and a supportive ally

  • The definition of consent

  • How to support a survivor

  • How to set boundaries that work for you

  • Verbal de-escalation skills

  • The basics of self-defense in our Badass Basics

  • Plus a review of improvised weapons, ground fighting, and how to sign up for a full-contact adrenaline based self-defense course near you!

 

Students Fight Back

College, High School, Jr. High, Private groups, Advocates, Conferences

Students Fight Back is gender inclusive and Title IX compliant.  I believe that people of all genders can benefit from learning personal safety and self-defense skills. And when we all come together to be active bystanders, we can create safer communities.

The program is 75 minutes + Q&A and includes these key components:

  • Using your intuition

  • Safety strategies – awareness, eye contact, verbal boundaries

  • Recognizing tools of manipulation

  • How to be an active bystander and a supportive ally

  • The definition of consent

  • How to support a survivor

  • How to set boundaries that work for you

  • Verbal de-escalation skills

  • The basics of self-defense in our Badass Basics

  • Plus a review of improvised weapons, ground fighting, and how to sign up for a full-contact adrenaline based self-defense course near you!

 

Yes I'm Hiking Solo

College, High School, Jr. High, Corporate, Private Groups, Conferences, Outdoor Retreats

Ever been worried about your safety when hiking solo? Do you want to feel confident and independent venturing out on your own? Have you been wanting to learn some badass simple and effective self-defense moves? Then join me as I share self-defense strategies to empower you to feel more confident about exploring the outdoors or wherever your adventure takes you.

The program is 60-75 minutes + Q&A.

 
 

The Awkward Hug

College, High School, Jr. High, Corporate, Military, Private Groups, Conferences

Have you ever participated in unwanted conversations, hugging, kissing, other physical contact or even … relationships? Want to know how to handle awkward encounters with people you know in an empowered, respectful and socially acceptable way?

 

Setting personal boundaries that work for us is essential to living a healthy, happy and empowered life. The tools we will learn can be used every day and the practice of them can ultimately lead to forming stronger relationships in our work, romantic and friendly interactions, along with helping us feel more confident in our day to day social exchanges.

 

Join us for an interactive workshop designed to fine tune your intuition, help you learn to set boundaries and use your voice and take full control of your choices.

The program is 60-75 minutes + Q&A and is ideal for groups from 10 to 80 people.

Hands on Safety Workshop

College, High School, Jr. High, Corporate, Realtors, Private Groups, Conferences

This workshop, offers small groups some hands-on self-defense instruction through the use of strike pads in collaboration with IMPACT Personal Safety.  This workshop address the basics of personal safety and physical self-defense skills and participants practice the skills through body movement and hitting strike pads using the techniques we teach.

The program is 60-75 minutes + Q&A.

 

Not sure which program is for you?

Let's discuss your needs!

"GFB is truly sensational and inspirational. I love that she didn’t make me fearful of attackers or of being attacked. Instead, it made me aware of my surroundings, and

her techniques made me feel safer."

Davenport University Nicole Snell Students Fight Back
Awareness Months

Check out some great opportunities to bring one of my programs to your school.

 

January

Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month

National Stalking Awareness

Human Trafficking Awareness

February

Relationship Wellness Month

March

National Women's History Month

Spring Break

April

​Sexual Assault Awareness Month & Prevention/Alcohol Awareness Month

May

End of Year Training

June

Student Safety Month

August/September

Orientation

National Campus Safety Awareness Month

October

Domestic Violence Awareness Month & National Crime Prevention Month

November 25

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

"Students Fight Back was the perfect combination of informative presentation coupled with audience interaction!"

 

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