Self-Defense Workshops

Fun Times Self-Defense teaches female students they can use techniques to leverage a multiplied force against a larger attacker than most people realize and it’s also fun!

Saturday Workshops:
May 25, 2013
June 15, 2013
July 13, 2013
August 17, 2013
September 28, 2013
October 19, 2013
November 16, 2013
December 21, 2013

*Enrollment limited, 12 years old and up.
• Cost: $50 per woman per workshop. Includes hand wraps, homework assignments, and workshop reminders.
• Time: 10am-4pm
*Please bring a lunch.
• Where: Richardson, Texas. More specific details only disclosed to students after signing up for privacy of the students. Call Cotton at 214-893-6393 for details.

One Student’s Story:

I met Cotton Batte many years ago in San Francisco. I attended one of his self-defense workshops. It was life-changing. It was the first time I started feeling that I had the power to protect myself and that as a woman I was not as vulnerable and defenseless as the society wants me to believe I am. After a few years I contacted Cotton and signed up for his Taekwondo class. I remember my first class. I was this small and timid young woman. I spoke softly and I tried to be as invisible as possible. I was afraid of the people, afraid to go after the things I wanted in life, afraid of conflict – yet somehow the bullies and mean people always picked me out of the crowd. I grew up in an extremely violent family and feeling safe in the world was a feeling I have never known. As I was training with Cotton, all of this started changing. I stopped being so afraid of the world, I even stopped being afraid of confrontations. My body and my mind were getting stronger. But the most amazing thing was that my spirit was awakening. Something inside me was just breaking through. And that is the magic of Cotton Batte. He does not just train the body or mind, but he touches the spirit – somehow he awakens the deep core of our being and we change forever. I am not the same person that walked into his studio. Now I enjoy my life and I do not live in fear. I like who I am and I pursue my dreams and goals. As Cotton says: if you run, what you are running from will follow you. Now I do not run but face up to my challenges and obstacles. Cotton is one of the people who come to one’s life to change it. I fully give myself credit for the hard work I have done but I could not have done it if I had not meet him. I am so grateful to him. After he moved to Texas, we remained friends. He is my mentor and his spirit training continues in my life. His words of wisdom, his strength, the clarity of his mind and his deep spirituality are so amazing. I strongly believe that any life he touches will drastically change for better.

Grazyna Kazor
Seoul, Korea

Call me: 214-893-6393
I’m happy to talk with you.

My Mission:

My mission is to provide parents and their daughters with a crystal clear message that changes their deeply ingrained belief that: “we must protect our daughters.”  Our mission is to bring into balance the imbalance that exists between the male and the female, world wide. When parents give up on the illusion that they or anyone can protect their daughters and instead put their daughters in a place where they can learn to protect themselves, then our work is done. When that day comes we will have replaced the concept that girls must eventually grow into their womanhood needing anyone or anything to protect their bodies.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer Harrell August 17, 2012 at 10:21 am

I am a mother of a 17 year old girl in lake highlands, and we would like to bring a group of girls together for a workshop! How can we make this happen?
Do you charge a flat fee and we divide it by the number of girls attending, or would you like to charge the girls a flat fee each?
Please let me know!


cotton August 20, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Hi Jennifer,
Please call me at (214) 893-6393 to discuss your inquiry.


Cotton Batte


Kerry April 1, 2013 at 4:53 pm

when are you holding self-defense courses in April, May and June?


Mary Speir February 16, 2014 at 10:25 am

Are you still having classes? Any for 2014?


Lori Hathaway November 3, 2015 at 10:14 am

I’m sure you’re aware of the recent attacks targeting gay men and businesses in the Cedar Springs/ Oak Lawn area. My friend was attacked Sunday after leaving work. A group of people are talking about organizing a march to raise awareness and call for these attacks to be labeled as what they are, hate crimes. I’d like to take a more proactive approach and raise safety awareness and training. If I found a venue (or we could use yours if you want) would you be willing to teach a free or discounted self-defense workshop or two to people living and/ or working in the Cedar Springs/ Oak Lawn area? I don’t know how many people would show up but we’d appreciate any help you could offer. Please let me know if you’re interested. Thank you for your time 🙂


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