Self-Defense Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan will provide you with activities, discussion topics and questions, as well as a quiz that will help students understand the basics of self-defense.

Learning Objectives

After you have finished this lesson with your students, they should be able to:

  • Understand how to prevent an attack
  • Discuss how to use actions and words to protect themselves
  • Show the various parts of the body they should physically target in order to defend themselves


45-90 minutes without the activity


Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.2

Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.


  • Warm up the class with a few relevant questions:
    • What do you think is the #1 priority when it comes to self-defense?
    • How long do you think it takes someone to train themselves some basic techniques on self-defense?
    • Besides using physical action to stop an attacker, what else can you do?
  • Place a large picture of an outline of a man or woman on the class board or draw one to the best of your abilities on the board. Have students come up to the class board and do one of the following:
    • Circle an area of the body they believe would be a good place to hit for self defense
    • Describe why that part of the body should be hit
  • Pass out the handout of the lesson text on Basic Self-Defense: Techniques & Tips. Each student should read the lesson on their own and take notes as they do so.

After everyone has finished reading, read the lesson again as a class. Stop after each of the following sections for discussion topics and questions (students should take notes on this as well):

  • Pause after reading the 'Priority Number One: Prevention' section.
    • Explain to students the accomplishments of Chuck Norris in the field of self-defense. Then, read them this quote by Chuck Norris: 'Violence is my last option'. Discuss with your students the many reasons for why even seasoned self-defense practitioners say this.
  • Pause after reading the 'Basic Self-Defense' section.
    • Mini-activity: there are many self-defense/martial arts forms throughout the world, from Karate to Krav Maga, from Sambo to Systema, from Jujutsu to Jeet Kune Do. List as many of these different martial arts techniques on the board as you need. Each student should pick a different one to research. They should summarize and present for the other students: where this technique developed, when, and what its strengths and weaknesses are.
    • Why should you avoid talking your way out of the situation?
    • Why should you avoid hitting as often as possible?
  • Once the discussion is over, have students take the lesson quiz. Go over the questions and answers with students once everyone is finished to make sure everyone is on the same page.

To unlock this lesson you must be a Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use

Become a member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account