With more than 1,000+ students and counting, Ladies F.I.R.S.T. ™ is already one of the most complete and trusted  programs on the market.

Victims of Sexual Assault Each Year
One Sexual Assault Every 107 Seconds
Percent of Victims Under 30 Years Old
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What Makes LFSD™ Different?

My #1 priority is to provide the most effective, reality-based women’s self-defense strategies and techniques available.  I have developed this product by combining 20 years of law enforcement experience with more than 37 years of martial arts experience.

While other programs include fancy “karate moves” that only work against overly cooperative training partners, Ladies F.I.R.S.T.™ is  comprised of techniques that are based on the most common and proven principles of combat, physics, psychology and physiology.

“If a technique won’t work against a motivated attacker, I won’t teach it.  It’s that simple.”

Ken Stephens, Founder of Ladies F.I.R.S.T.™ Self-Defense

Founder, Kendrick D. Stephens

Sgt. Stephens (ret.) is a 20-year veteran police officer with 16 years of S.W.A.T. experience and more than 37 years of martial arts experience.  He has earned four black belts and has taught thousands of men, women, children, police officers and military personnel throughout the United States and Brazil.

Unlike most “self-defense instructors”, Ken has fought for his life and has successfully utilized every level of force.

“I know what works, and I can identify a gimmicky program or technique from a mile away.  Rest assured, Ladies F.I.R.S.T.™ is the real deal.”

Ken Stephens, Founder of Ladies F.I.R.S.T.™ Self-Defense

Empower Yourself!

Join the 1,000+ women who have participated in the Ladies F.I.R.S.T.™ Self-Defense Program.  We have never received anything other than  5-star ratings!  There’s a good reason for that.  We teach the most effective program available in the most professional manner possible.

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Schools & Universities

We've taught at all levels of educational facilities!

Small & Large Corporations

We conduct awesome team-building exercises
and seminars!

Community Groups

We've worked with Mom's Clubs, Girl Scouts,
Charities and More!

Private Groups & Individuals

We can train you one-on-one or with a group of your
friends, family members or co-workers!

What We Teach

The basic Ladies F.I.R.S.T.™ Self-Defense curriculum consists of three components:

Personal Weapons

A 5-pound cat has two “personal weapons”: claws and teeth.  Yet, a 5-pound cat can cause enough pain to make a 300-pound bodybuilder leave it alone.  Humans have many more means of attack.  Regardless of size or strength, Ladies F.I.R.S.T.™ will teach you how to utilize your personal weapons effectively.

Abduction Prevention

If someone were to grab you and try to take you from where you are to where they want you to be, would you know what to do?  Having taught 100’s of seminars, the overwhelming answer has been, “no.”  Rather than rely on instinct or YouTube videos, Ladies F.I.R.S.T.™ can show you very effective abduction prevention techniques that nearly anyone can perform!

Rape Prevention

The situation has gone from bad to worse.  Now, the attacker is on top of you.  What do you do?  If you don’t know, you are not alone.  We train women of all ages, abilities and sizes to effectively defend themselves against this and other situations that require “ground-fighting” skills.

But that’s not all!  The program can be designed to fit the needs and abilities of any group or individual.  We also teach:

  • Situational Awareness

  • The Survival Mindset

  • Historical Analyses

  • Defense Against Multiple Assailants

  • The Art of Deception

  • Attacker Identification Techniques

  • The “Range of Exchange”

  • The “Bee-Sting Effect”

  • Combat Firearm Tactics

  • Improvised Weapons

  • Defensive Tools / Accessories

  • Myths vs. Reality

  • Popular Techniques That Don’t Work

  • The Truth About Pressure Points

  • Striking Principles and Defense

  • Handgun / Weapon Retention

  • Defense Against Weapons

  • “Fighting Without Fighting”

  • Proper Use of Pepper Spray

  • Escaping Grabs

  • Defending Chokes

  • The “Bystander Effect”

  • Customized Training

  • School / University Programs

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Testimonials: We Love our Students, And They Love Us! 🙂

We have never received anything other than  5-star ratings!  There’s a good reason for that.  We teach the most effective program available in the most professional manner possible.

“Ken is the kind of instructor I want to put in my pocket and take everywhere I go. In the 1.5 years I had the privilege of knowing him in the BJJ setting, I was always excited to work with Ken. He is patient, kind and extremely knowledgeable. He has a great sense of humor but also takes the arts he practices extremely seriously. You won’t find a more dedicated student of martial arts or self defense whose main concern is passing on valuable knowledge to his own students!”  – Catherine L.

I took this self-defense training course yesterday and absolutely loved it… I’m looking forward to taking the course again with my sister, cousins, and friends. I hope I never have to do this in a real situation; however, I feel empowered that if the situation should arise, I will be prepared to fight with a purpose and let the attacker know I’m not worth the trouble. I highly recommend it!
Norma P.
Incredible class! I took this class today with some of the ladies I work with and some of our lovely patients from our office. I highly recommend this Self Defense class above all others! Ken teaches physical as well as mental aspects of defending yourself while making the class comfortable, fun, and informative. He breaks down real life scenarios so you learn exactly what to do. Thank you for such a great experience!
Amanda S.
“Hands down the Best! If you want someone that is trained, knows what works and how to teach it; then you have the right guy. There are not enough words for me to express what I have learned from Ken. Do not waste your money or time with anyone else!”
Stephanie K.
“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to train with Ken Stephens. I have a history of trauma that made it very challenging for me to reach out and seek a self-defense instructor. From our first email contact, I felt that Ken really cares about his clients — this is so very true. Ken made me feel comfortable from the get-go and I appreciate how he explains his approach based on his past experiences and research. I have spent years living in fear and viewing myself as a victim, but after a few hours learning the Ladies F.I.R.S.T. method, I not only have practical and realistic tools to defend myself, but I have a renewed confidence in my ability to be a survivor. I look forward to training more with him, and I recommend Ladies F.I.R.S.T to anyone looking for an eye-opening self-defense course that can be applied to real life situations.”
Alayna C.
“Ken is the greatest self defense teachers I have ever had the pleasure of learning from. I work in public safety and have taken many self defense classes which all prove to be BS. Try any of the tactics used on you tube or in a class I took and you would die before you could begin to use what they teach. Ken teaches practical self defense and teaches it to where you will remember. Taking his ladies first class will change your life! You will learn how to protect yourself from being raped, kidnapped,assaulted or possibly killed. Go home and try these tactics from Ken on your husband and they actually really work! Learn to protect yourself from ken. You won’t regret it!!!”
Megan H.

You Don’t Have To Be Afraid Anymore: Take Control Of Your Personal Safety!

The Ladies F.I.R.S.T.™ Self-Defense Program has changed more than 1,000 lives.  Within just a few hours, our students learn that they no longer need to be afraid.  By teaching techniques that almost everyone can perform effectively, our program has empowered women throughout the U.S. and abroad.