Ashburn Virginia – Women Self Defense

$699.99 $559.99

February 13-14th, 2019
Wednesday 7am-5pm
Thursday 7am-5pm


Women’s Self Defense 

Don’t know what to ask for on Valentine’s Day?  We’ve solved that problem for you.  Come train with Sheepdog Response ladies!

You’ve likely seen or read the stats. Approximately one in three women have experienced sexual trauma in their lives. According to FBI statistics, in 2017, there were an estimated 1,247,321 violent crimes.

While we don’t think the burden is on the victim to defend themselves, the reality is everyone, men and women alike could benefit from self-defense education.

We’ve added this course to teach women the skills to successfully deal with these issues within a supportive community they can turn to for ongoing encouragement and reinforcement.

About Women’s Self Defense

We’ve taken the popular curriculum of SDR Level I and specially tailored it to fit the unique challenges and needs of the modern woman. Led by Sheepdog’s top-level instructors, you’ll train with women of all skill levels in a supportive but challenging environment to learn how to reduce or avoid risk and what to do should a situation arise.

Why We’re Different

While there are many options out there for women’s self-defense, at Sheepdog Response you’ll get a fully rounded training experience that includes situational awareness, a variety of hand-to-hand tactics to fight away from an attacker, fundamental weapons training, and examples of real-life situations and how they should be handled. Plus, you’ll train with a mix of male and female instructors with backgrounds in military, mixed martial arts, and law enforcement.

Our goal is to have our students walk away confident in their ability to protect themselves and practiced in the basic skills needed to do so.

What You’ll Learn

Part 1: Situational Awareness

  • You may hear us refer to it as “atmospherics and biometrics”, but what it comes down to is learning how to be aware of your surroundings. We’ll teach you how to assess your surroundings, from new places to familiar ones, so you can begin to instinctively spot when something is not right.
  • Knowing what is going on around you is important, but just as you are scoping out the environment, so are the bad guys. Criminals like easy targets; we’ll go over how strong body language signals like posture and eye contact can help in deterring an attacker.

Part 2: Fighting Back

  • If you find yourself in a situation where you need to fight, we’ll teach you how to engage as minimally as possible using techniques to break contact and get away.
  • Many self-defense programs teach you a few signature moves. Yes, we’ll go over those too, but our hand-to-hand combat training is focused on a more holistic approach. You’ll develop combat skills but also learn the three rules to always keep in mind and what techniques are best for each.
  • Those three rules? You’ll leave the course able to fight for the weapon, fight for position, and do maximum damage with each opportunity. The application of these rules combined with the hands-on technical training will give you the full range of skills to defend yourself if necessary.

Part 3: Gear Placement and Firearms Safety

  • Whether you own and are familiar with a gun or not, there may come a time when you find yourself needing to know how to handle one safely. We’ll give you a crash course in firearms safety so the next time you hold a gun it is with confidence.
  • If you do own a gun, where do you carry it and how accessible is it in an emergency? We’ll identify the most effective ways to carry your firearm and touch on techniques to make getting it out when needed a smoother process (because let’s be honest, sometimes the bottom of that purse can be a hard place to get to in a pinch).
  • Don’t have a weapon? No problem! Sheepdog Response has several available for training and many of the local ranges we use offer rental programs. Don’t let not having a gun or any shooting experience deter you; we are here to help.

Part 4: Confidence with a Firearm

  • If a situation escalates, you may need to use a gun to save your life. In addition to the basic fundamentals, we’ll provide the guidance and practice needed to be confident in your shot. From loading techniques to shooting at various distances, we’ll go over the eight fundamentals you need to know to be proficient.
  • After a few tries, some of the shots will become easy on the range, but in a real-life situation you likely won’t have time to set up and get comfortable. We’ll train you how to draw your weapon from it’s concealed position and practice your aim so you can get the shot even under duress.

Women’s Self Defense is open to all women. No prior experience is necessary. Seats are limited for this event and available as first come, first served. If you will need a firearm, please let us know as soon as possible. This 20 hour course is broken up into two 10 hour daytime blocks.

Course Features

  • Self Defense
  • Striking Skills
  • Weapons Retention
  • Rapid Re-loads
  • Correcting weapons malfunctions
  • Daylight Marksmanship
  • Low-light Marksmanship
  • First Aid Training
  • Situational Awareness

As all women self-defense courses should be, this course is for women only.

We are pleased to announce that we’ve secured a group rate at a pair of local hotels that are about 1 mile from the training center. The Sheepdog Response group rate will be $109.00 – $119.00, between two Hotels. Reservations must be made before January 22nd, 2019.  These rates are available starting on 2/12, through 2/17.  Once you signup for the event, a custom Hotel link will be sent to you.

Read our latest Blogs – Female Sheepdogs;  Part 1 of a series on being a Sheepdog from a woman’s perspective, written by an experienced female Sheepdog. We also have this great checklist blog, Women’s Safety Checklist, and last but certainly not least, our latest blog;  Meet Sheepdog Response Instructor, Sarah Dunston. 


Question:  Where will this training be held?

Answer:  It will be held in Ashburn Virginia.  Location to be given upon signup.

Question: I have never shot a gun or trained, can I still come?

Answer:  Yes, we are experts in teaching people who have zero experience in firearms and hand-to-hand.  We will provide you with a solid foundation.  No experience is needed. We guarantee that regardless of your skill level, you will get value from this course.

Question:  My physical fitness is lacking, will I be able to complete the course, or should I get in shape first?

Answer: Our goal is to assess your physical capabilities and work with you on the best ways to improve. Our expert instructors will ensure that as long as you have strong willpower to continue, you will be able to finish the course. Bottom line:  We want to make you the most lethal version of yourself that you can be.

Question: I don’t own a firearm,  how can I complete the course without a weapon?

Answer:  Most of the ranges may be able to rent you a firearm.  Sheepdog Response also has a very limited supply of rentals.  Rental costs are apprx. $100.

Question:  How much ammo will I need to bring?

Answer: 500 – 600 rounds is what you’ll need for this course.  You may be able to buy ammo in advance from the range.

Question:  When will I receive a detailed itinerary for this course.

Answer: Once you sign up for your course, you will be emailed a detailed itinerary.

Question:  Do you have a packing list?

Answer:  Please see the packing list tab. You will also be emailed a packing list once you sign up.

Question:  I’m an executive and own a business,  can I hire Sheepdog Response for a team building event?

Answer: Yes, we can specifically create a program for your organization that can last between 1 -3 day, or even longer. It will focus on teamwork, business cohesion, and operating under stress.

Question:  How old do I need to be for this course?

Answer:  18 years old is the minimum.  Please note that some ranges may require you to be 21.  Please email [email protected] if you would like information on a specific event.

Question: Do I have to be a female to join this course

Answer: It was once said that there are no stupid questions in life.  That is not true.  haha  Yes, you 100% have to be a woman to enter this course.

Question:  I can’t afford the course,  how can I still come?

Answer: We schedule our courses in advance, and we will occasionally take down payments and create a payment plan,  as long as you pay off the total before the start of the course.  *Disclaimer:  All payments are non-refundable.

Question: I’m a 3-Gun competitor or professional shooter,  can I do the Occupational course instead of Sheepdog Level 1 or the Women’s only course?

Answer:  No,  unless you carry a firearm occupationally you cannot attend the Occupational Level 1 course.  Applications will be review by our board of instructors on a case-by-case basis.

*If you have any further questions, please email us or call 512-993-2999. [email protected]




  • 2 pairs of durable pants and 2 comfortable shirts for shooting courses
  • 2 pairs of shorts and 2 shirts/rash guards you can train combatives in
  • Rain Jacket- the event will go forward regardless of weather
  • Baseball cap or other hat with brim
  • Gear
  • Mouthpiece
  • (optional) Ear Guards for grappling
  • Notebook
  • Pen
  • Bright flashlight
  • (Optional) Knife that you typically carry

Food / Water

  • Our lunch breaks will be short, so you might want to bring “sack lunches” or something
    That you can carry with you for Saturday and Sunday that does not require any preparation
  • Bring any other snacks you desire
  • Bring some bottles of water or a refillable container to stay hydrated during the training days

Firearm and accessories

  • Pistol
  • Outside the waist or Concealed Carry Holster with Retention* Battle belts are also acceptable.
  • Light for your pistol if you have one
  • 3-4 magazines
  • Mag Pouches**
  • Sturdy Belt***
  • 500 – 600 rounds Pistol Ammunition
  • Eye Protection
  • Ear Protection *Please bring extra batteries for your ear pro
  • **Holsters:  Your holster preferably will be made of Kydex which is form fitted to your pistol. If you use nylon or leather holsters you will need to have a thumb break or some form of retention. If you show up without a proper holster you will have to do all drills off the table. No Blackhawk Serpa holsters allowed.
  • **Magazine Pouches: Recommended but not necessary. Pockets work but are very slow.
  • ***Sturdy Belt: This needs to be sturdy leather or reinforced nylon. Flimsy belts will not properly secure a holster. If you come with a belt that does not secure the weapon you will have to work off the table as well.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email [email protected] and we will get right back to you. See you soon!


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