The most successful format has been the two-day seminar with between 10-50 participants. It has proven to be the most effective format for staff to absorb skills information and develop enthusiasm and confidence. However other formats are also available and Penny is only too happy to tailor a program format that best meets your needs.



"Penny was a very approachable and communicative facilitator who is extremely knowledgeable in her area of expertise. The workshops were taught in a clear and professional manner and were said to be as amusing as they were informative. The participants found the workshops to be very effective both in the physical and theoretical aspects". Rebecca Littler Human Resources Division Fuji Xerox Australia.


"The Board's assessed Penny Gulliver's training skills as highly developed and professional. The course's content and pace was appropriate and met the needs and expectations of the participants. The feedback was very positive". Victor Del Rio - Corporate Services Manager Anti Discrimination Board of NSW.


Sue Mc Clelland, Co-ordinator of Bankstown Women's Health Centre says: "Penny has always displayed and excellent rapport with the groups and has an easy manner and good sense of humour. Penny's philosophical belief in feminism and women's issues are reflected throughout her sessions. We are continuing to maintain our association with Penny through further classes" 15/9/1999.


Feedback from students attending one of Penny's Women's Self-Defence workshops at Macquarie University was very positive with most participants rating their satisfaction levels as excellent. The comments that follow reveal the positive impact that Penny's course has had on their lives." I suggest that very woman attend this course...Penny was very easy to get along with - very impressive woman" . 9/5/2002 "Brilliant! Penny Gulliver is amazing - don't hire anyone else for this course" 9/5/2002


" Penny provided our team with an excellent baseline of skills in dealing with challenging and difficult enforcement environment. Her approach was friendly yet disciplined and was much appreciated by the Council Officers involved. She was willing to depart from the suggested programme to take into account the requirements and experiences of the groups" Brian Mantel - Acting Risk Manager South Sydney City Council


"Ms Gulliver demonstrated an excellent understanding of the problems facing staff when dealing with difficult or emotionally unstable clients and her instruction, suggestions and role-play exercises on verbal de-escalation of these situations was felt by all on the course to be invaluable. Ms Gulliver is a skilled instructor who is able to teach both men and women in a clear and positive way". Sue Denovan - Personal Development Section Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


"Penny's training style assures active participation and applies the knowledge and techniques in a 'hands on' way, which results in amore effective overall acquisition of skills". Rebekah Gianatti - Senior Manager Human Resources Capital Finance Australia Limited.


"The course was conducted in a very professional manner, and the information and instruction given was sound and supervised at all times. Penny's knowledge, expertise and experience were invaluable assets to ensure that the course was as successful as it was". Matt Smith HRIS Administrator Office of State Revenue NSW Treasury.


My flatmate was badly beaten up so attended Penny's Self Defense course for men which gave me a lot more confidence. I have been training regularly with Penny now for over five years" Thomas Brand - Director Australia and New Zealand Hotel Sales.

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"The Self Defence Course for Men helped me put my martial arts training to more practical use such as what to do and what not to do in real life situations" Jez Martin IT Consultant


"The men's self defence course I attended facilitated by Penny, helped me to be more aware of both dangerous situations and potentially dangerous situations at work and in my personal life. Bruce Day - Bus Driver


"We would like to say how impressed we were with Penny's presentation at our recent annual sales conference. All of our request were met. Penny not only provided a wonderful Team Building session but the most rewarding aspect of self protection was demonstrated in a most enthusiastic and practical session. I would recommend you to my colleagues without any hesitation". Ken Waugh - Group Sales Manager Kings Strikeforce - Food Brokers


"Your presentation was well suited to our workers needs and participants have given the following feedback; It was especially useful to have ideas about the underlying agendas that can lead to tense situations; It was fantastic to be able to try out some of the strategies; It was excellent and addressed the real issues we are dealing with. The only criticism was that they wanted more". Edwina Pickering Community Visitors Coordinator - Community Services Commission.


"All of the 35 participants left the workshop feeling more confident about their safety in both the workplace and on the street. The basic skills and the knowledge that you taught were extremely useful and practical. Everyone found your workshop to be entertaining and very empowering and enabling". Kristy Masella NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs.