' Protect - a real martial arts alternative - uniquely effective training for the real world   Phone (021) 366 585 for more info'

  • image
  • image
  • image

About Us - About Us Page 2

Darcy Mellsop

Darcy is the Protect Self Defence instructor for the Wellington region. Darcy’s energy and passion for reality based self defence and the protection of others is soon obvious in any session or talk he presents.

As Protect’s Wellington based instructor of group classes, seminars and private instruction sessions, Darcy has over 10 years experience in martial arts training.

Darcy’s skills in self defence, as too his ability to teach, go considerably beyond his martial arts ability. Pursuing his personal interest in teaching, coaching, mentoring and the personal growth of others has provided the impetus of Darcy’s study in university and much of his professional life. Darcy’s passion and energy for reality based self defence emanates through his instruction to create dynamic and empowering courses.

Darcy creates a comfortable learning environment, is first aid certified and provides personal attention to each participant to ensure they fully understand all aspects of the course. To share Darcy’s personal mantra: After all, it's not about what I know at the end of the course - it is about what you know. Darcy can be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 021 701 848

Meet Darcy by clicking HERE:

Athena Thompson

Athena is co-founder of Protect Self defence and an instructor of group classes, seminars and courses in Auckland and throughout New Zealand.

She is the author of the highly influential book ‘Every Woman’s Guide to Being Safe...For Life’, and the women’s self defence program that she designed, ‘Safe For Life’, carries the rare endorsement from Rape Prevention Education (formerly Rape Crises).

Athena has also been individually certified as a Senshido instructor (2006) and is the only female instructor in Australasia. She has lived what she teaches and shares a wealth of first-hand experience and knowledge on violence prevention for women.

She has had expert articles published in major magazines and newspapers, and is New Zealand’s leading female expert on the topic of self defence for women.

Athena has taught men and women from all walks of life including past survivors of rape and sexual assault, Police officers, security officers, corporate clients, teenagers, and many others concerned with their safety and the safety of their family and loved ones. Athena can be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.