Wen-Do is a form of self-defence for women developed by Ned and Ann Paige, a married couple from Toronto, Ontario. Dr. Paige, an optometrist, dedicated himself to creating a program to teach women to protect themselves after hearing of the murder of Kitty Genovese in New York on March 13, 1964.
The name combines a contraction of the word women with the Japanese word Dō, meaning "way". Though the base and concepts of Wen-Do come from martial arts, Wen-Do is not considered one by its adherents.
Wen-Do classes focus on scenarios that often confront women, such as rape and domestic attacks. Classes do not involve any physical contact unless a student is ready and wants to. The system also encompasses feminist and empowering discussion about issues that face women and violence in contemporary society.
- Model Mugging, another feminist self-defense program, now known as Impact, uses padded attacker.
- "Optometrist Dr. Ned Paige began Wen-Do". Toronto Star. March 31, 1994.
- Crudelli, Chris (2008). The Way of the Warrior: Martial Arts and Fighting Styles from Around the World (1st ed.). London: Dorling Kindersley. p. 314. ISBN 978-0-7566-5185-5.
- Wadley, Carma (May 25, 1976). "Wen-Do: self-defense for women". The Deseret News.
- "Wen-do teaches defense". Ottawa Citizen. March 13, 1984.
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