Sightless Self-Defense - Vancouver

A young man breaks a wooden board with his hand during a self-defense workshop.

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The Department of Services for the Blind (DSB) invites blind, low vision, and deaf blind students to an afternoon of “Introduction to Self-Defense with Anacortes Soo Bahk Do®”. 

Self-defense enhances self-advocacy and safety while increasing individual awareness and self-confidence through the practice of basic self-defense techniques and shared experience. While a single class cannot ensure safety in all situations, it can provide a better understanding of how to avoid unnecessary danger and unsafe situations and reduce susceptibility to attack. 

Certified Master Instructors Andy and Colette Arvidson teach this workshop. The Arvidsons are 5th Degree Black Belts in the traditional Korean martial art of Soo Bahk Do. They have more than 20 years of martial arts experience each and provide instruction for students ages 4 to 90 with a variety of abilities. Legally blind for more than 35 years, Andy Arvidson provides a personal understanding of how to share his expertise in self-defense - and life - with students.

The day concludes with a youth-led shared meal and conversation about self-advocacy and college or work readiness. 

Students will come away from this workshop with a deeper understanding of advocacy, self-determination, and how to navigate their community with confidence.


    Free  for  DSB  Vocational  Rehabilitation and Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) participants.


    Blind, low vision, and deaf blind students ages 14 through 21 who are registered DSB participants. Students interested in becoming DSB participants can contact Jen Scheel to learn how to register.




    Washington State School for the Blind 
    Stenehjem Fitness Center 
    2214 E 13th Street
    Vancouver, WA 98661


    Please register online by October 13, 2023. 

    For questions about DSB services or how to attend this and other Pre-ETS workshops, please contact Jen Scheel at 360-999-3138 or