Self-defense Workshop, Downtown Los Angeles

LADWP ASPIRE and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion invite all LADWP employees and families to learn self-defense tactics to empower and protect individuals, especially seniors, against threats.

The Seniors Fight Back team was first created due to all the Hate Incidents and Hate Crimes that were targeting the seniors in the AAPI community. We wanted to create self-defense classes to bring community, empowerment, and safety for our AAPI elders. The classes are led by Ron Scolesdang, professional Muay Thai fighter with 20+ years of self-defense experience. The course includes non-invasive and invasive segments. 

Our program aims to arm participants with the mental awareness to avoid a potentially physical or life-threatening situation, as well as prepare them with practical physical techniques that may help them get away from the attacker. All the moves are geared to work for people who have no prior fighting or martial arts experience. There are also assistant instructors with martial arts experience holding pads for participants to practice the techniques on.  We also distribute free pepper spray, safety alarms and whistles to the participants in the class. 

The world is a broken place and it’s unfortunate the horrors that the community are forced to witness and experience acts of hate. We hope our participants leave the event feeling empowered and find comfort that there are people looking out for them.


July 22, 2023

8:45 AM


Please register to attend by clicking on the button below




LADWP John Ferraro Building
111 N Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012