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Instructor Certification


Since the early 1970s, the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation has pioneered the development of self-defense instruction, bringing together highly-trained martial artists and people knowledgeable about issues of violence – enabling them to gain support, share ideas, and promote quality programs.

We believe that people deserve empowerment self-defense instructors with the highest standards. We hope you will find the process of certification itself to be educational.

This is a comprehensive application, meant to cover the full range of concepts and skills involved in teaching empowerment self-defense at a high level. Physical skills, verbal skills, anti-violence education, the works.

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Application for NWMAF Empowerment Self-Defense Instructor Certification

Download an application to become an NWMAF-Certified Self-Defense Instructor. You must to be a current NWMAF member and be logged in to download.

Have questions? Contact us at for more info about becoming an NWMAF Certified Empowerment Self-Defense Instructor.

To be re-certified, you must be a current member of NWMAF and logged in to fill out the application. The fee for re-certification is $125.00.

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To register for membership please visit our membership page.