1 Week Women's Self-Defense and Martial Arts Retreat in Thailand

Rick Tew's Multi-Martial Arts and Women's Self Defense Retreat in Thailand

Take charge of your life, your health, and your self-confidence while receiving VIP treatment!

Have you always wanted to develop self-defense and martial arts skills, but never felt like a traditional dojo or your average Muay Thai / MMA camp is the right thing for you? Are you looking for an extraordinary experience that focuses on bringing balance to your mind, body and spirit? And combining that with travel to a beautiful tropical destination?

Then this program is specifically created just for you. Rick Tew’s Private Group Coaching is a well-rounded program for women and men, where you can exercise daily habits into becoming a natural way of life. Learn Martial Arts, eat healthy, work out every day and develop personal skills to realize fulfillment and the power to execute upon your goals. The Private Group Coaching program is hosted at our Beach Resort in Ko Samui, Thailand.

What makes this program special and specific for women, is that it extends the "regular" martial arts private group coaching program with dedicated Self Defense for Women classes on a daily basis. Learn the best from the Personal Security Course (PSC) as designed by master instructor Rick Tew to teach you how to Avoid, Evade, Attack and Control. PSC is focused on mind, body, technique and in that order. It is important to first learn theory, and basic principles of psychology. After an understanding of mental preparation and awareness, you will learn physical skills that can make the difference between life or death. Finally, we focus on self-defense techniques and scenarios so you can develop reactions and learn to control your fear.

This private group Mind, Body, and Spirit training program is created by Master Instructor Rick Tew. No matter who you are, where you come from, how old you are or what your skill level is, this program will leave you with an improved level of fitness, a healthier lifestyle and more self-confidence. This Program is designed for people from all walks of life. We welcome men and women of all (adult) ages. This program is for beginners or professionals looking for a short-term life improvement program built around learning the martial arts and personal development skills from the Master Instructor himself.

Come by yourself, or come with a friend / partner to take advantage of the 50% discount for the second person offer.

The program is also available for other durations. Please click the Send Inquiry button to find out about this, and about additional upgrade options that we have prepared for this retreat.

Take note: this is not a "women only" program. The regular training program (attended by male and female students) will be extended with specific women's self-defense classes.

For this program, we offer a wide selection of Upgrades to make your trip even more exciting, valuable and convenient:

Private lessons with Master Instructor Rick Tew

Accommodation upgrade to private room or private villa

Meal service (breakfast & lunch)

Moped rental to swish around the island

Training gear (outfits, sparring gear, weapons pack, etc)

Yoga classes (if not already included in the package)

Photo & Video portfolio of your training

Airport pick up

Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy offers a range of programs that are generally divided into two main categories: Retreats and Instructor Programs. These programs differ in the following ways:

Retreats - the personal attention option

  • 1 week to 3 months in duration
  • Shared room accommodation
  • Average of 8 students per class
  • High degree of personal attention from Master Instructor Rick Tew
  • Includes training on two MAT's: Martial Arts Therapy and Martial Arts Training
  • Offered in combination with specializations like Yoga, Women's Self Defense classes, Ultimate Detox, etc
  • Training provided by Master Instructor and Assistant Instructors

Instructor Program - the vocational vacation option

  • 3, 6 or 12 months in duration
  • Shared room accommodation only (upgrades may be available, but can not be guaranteed)
  • Meals not included
  • Training provided by Master Instructor and Assistant Instructors
  • Can schedule on / off periods

All these programs are available here on BookMartialArts. If you can not find what you are looking for, For more information, ask your questions directly to Rick Tew's Winjitsu Academy, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.


  • How to feel fulfilled
  • Private group lessons
  • Increase your flexibility
  • Develop core body strength
  • Practice proper breathing techniques
  • Learn a well-rounded martial arts system
  • Dedicated classes to learn self-defense for women
  • Enhance longevity through our morning routines
  • Learn skill for personal growth and life balance
  • Get your health on track with a new diet
  • Lose weight or get into better shape
  • Internalize fuel for execution
  • 7 days accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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You will stay at our Beach Resort on the tropical island of Ko Samui. It is located five minutes walking to the beach. The retreat has two training rooms with soft mat floors and training & fitness equipment. One is indoor with large mirrors and air conditioning, and the other is outdoor and fan cooled. Other than that, there are several grass training areas. There is an outdoor swimming pool, and several indoor & outdoor relax and lounge areas. Plus a kitchen. You have the choice of staying in a private apartment, a private room or a shared room. Each room has an adjoining bathroom. You are responsible for keeping your own room clean and tidy. There is free WiFi. In the vicinity there are many restaurants, shops and other services. The beach resort is a short moped ride to Lamai Beach for more options and nightlife.

Private Apartment

Private Apartments are available for clients that wish to have more privacy and luxury before and after class. The private apartments are located right next to the Beach Resort as separate villas or units. Each unit has a bedroom with a double bed, private bathroom, a living room and kitchen, an outdoor lounge area, a small garden, and a private outdoor swimming pool.

Private Rooms

Private rooms are available at the Beach Resort itself. These rooms are equipped with a double bed, a private bathroom and air conditioning. These rooms have direct access to the shared Beach Resort facilities (swimming pool, kitchen, lounge areas, training areas, etc). -Shared Rooms Shared rooms are available at the Beach Resort itself as well. These rooms are equipped with bunk beds, a shared bathroom (1 per room) and are fan-cooled. These rooms have direct access to the shared Beach Resort facilities (swimming pool, kitchen, lounge areas, training areas, etc).

Rick Tew's Martial Arts for Women Retreat Program

Each training day will include martial arts / winjitsu classes.

About Personal Security Course (PSC)

Self-defense is the ability to do the best you can when protecting yourself or others. Too often people confuse self-defense with the illusion of television action stunt scenes. You can not expect to be 100% effective in combat. The purpose of self-defense is to increase your chance of survival.

You will learn about the following:

  • Mindset for self-defense
  • Breakdown of hostile situations
  • Realities of combat
  • Natural reactions
  • Positioning and stances
  • Use of the environment around you
  • Body movement
  • Use of strikes and kicks in self-defense
  • Vital points
  • Self-defense techniques
  • Defense against common weapons

About Rick Tew’s Martial Arts System

Rick Tew’s Martial Science (RTMS) is not just another Martial Art. RTMS is geared towards the enhancement of Mind, Body and Spirit and it is a Life-Style. We focus on developing a strong character, self-esteem, life enhancing goals, self-confidence, self-discipline, physical conditioning and building knowledge through the martial arts experience.

The Martial Science is an open-minded multi-martial art system that encompasses almost every aspect of the martial arts, with fun entertaining techniques and realistic self-defense tactics to make it a well-rounded program for beginners and advanced Students alike. Rick Tew’s Martial Science is a combination of effective, usable, realistic martial arts principles that make it into its elite system. It is a Modern Ninjitsu system. Because students are not expected to conform to an art, they can use a scientific approach to being their best. A typical martial art can be limited to its tradition, yet RTMS is focused more on the student rather than its master. It is ever changing and it is not limited to the approach of having any labels, set kata’s or “do as I do” training.

The student is in charge of his/her training and Self-Powered. 9 out of 10 participants want to join our program for training in the Martial Arts or Modern American Ninjitsu. Since this is a priority for our Students, it is important that we work hard to meet these expectations. We do this by teaching all areas of the martial arts. This includes a multi-martial arts training and concepts that are:

  • Realistic for use
  • Fun to learn
  • Interesting to do

Rick Tew’s Martial Science and Modern American Ninjitsu is a total combination of effective and applicable principles that makes it into a unique system for both beginners and advanced students alike. The foundation of Rick Tew’s Martial Science includes a wide range of techniques that is both practical and effective. There are 5 Ranking Levels to Instructor status. Each level includes two skills from the following 9 areas of focus:

  • Stances
  • Rolls
  • Falls
  • Strikes
  • Kicks
  • Body Movement
  • Knowledge (mind)
  • Combat and Self-defense strategies
  • Weapons

The martial arts training you will endure is a path to achieving a greater self-worth.


Even though training in the martial arts offers a high level of joy and excitement, you also need focused mental growth. One of the ways that this focus and growth are provided is through a system Rick Tew has developed and calls Winjitsu, the mental martial art. In the martial arts, you learn self-defense to help prepare yourself for a situation that might be required for survival. In today’s world, with the challenges being more mental than physical, you are indeed your own worst enemy.

In this day and age, your mental skills will take you a lot further than your physical skills. You are going to learn how to reach your full potential and how to be a black belt in what you do. This area of mental training will focus on all the information available today that will help you become the best you can be. Mr. Tew suggests you learn about balance, mind control, physiology, and the neurosciences. Everything you need to know to gain control of your life and to build self-confidence, self-esteem, self-discipline, self-power, self-control, and self-image. Winjitsu also teaches you how to overcome fear, doubt, negativity, stress, and laziness.


Here, spirit is referred to as life-spirit, which means spending quality time with others in the great outdoors. Being part of the NinjaGym program is a lot more than just learning the martial arts. You are encouraged to get together for adventures that include hiking, camping, climbing, travel, multiple terrain training, and more. A large part of the martial science is devoted to the outdoors and outdoor activities. As children, one spends a lot of time exploring and discovering. The goal is to recapture and maintain that healthy attitude. Life should include fun and games, regular adventures, and new experiences that combine both the world and humanity.

Training Schedule

You will train 5 days a week with weekends off and private group classes are 3-5 hours each day. The schedule usually is focused on a different Level of the system each day.

  • Monday Level 1: Horse stance, forward roll, flat fall forward, fist strikes, front kicks, duck, rtms book, natural reactions, stick / tonfa, cat stance, reverse roll, flat back, flat fall back, palm heel strike, low sweep kick, jump, stretching, combat reality, and knife.
  • Tuesday Level 2: Defensive stance, side roll, flat fall side, knife hand strike, back kicks, pivot, shuffle, shift, step, mind martial science - ACE, triangulation, chain / rope, power stance, diving roll, rolling fall, jab / cross/ hook / etc., round kicks, cartwheel, mind martial science - MAK, inside / outside defense, and staff.
  • Wednesday Level 3: Fighting stance, dropping roll, air fall, finger strikes, sidekicks, kip, mind martial science - MBS, jam, block and run, sword/ half-staff, low defensive stance, superman roll, offensive falls, bent wrist, crescent kicks, hand springs, mind martial science - NRG, phases of combat, and environmental weapons.
  • Thursday Level 4: Open / bow stance, table roll, defensive falls, forearm strike, knee, stealthing, mind martial science - CMT, grappling, sai, blade stance, rolling with objects, falling with objects, elbow, reverse heel kick, climbing, elemental meditation, sparring, and nunchaku.
  • Friday Level 5: Reactive stance, rolling attack, stunt falls, ridge hand, dropping heel kick, strikes and kicks form, diet and exercise, magnificent 7s, blinding powder, combat stance, rolls form, falls form, knuckle fist, advanced kicks, 1 - 40 form, tic toc, personal security course, and firearms.

All students will get a levels guide when they register as well as a complete system and philosophy guide.

Included excursions

Saturday and Sunday are reserved for the students as off days. They can rest after a long week of training and adventure. The weekend is also used to organize personal needs. Most students will spend their time relaxing and preparing for the next week, however, it is still possible to train and practice what you have learned so far.


Rick Tew
Rick Tew is an internationally acclaimed teacher in the martial arts, founder of NinjaGym, and author of the personal growth book series, Winjitsu, the mental martial arts. He is a certified strategic intervention coach and has been teaching audiences globally for the last 20 years. Utilizing the martial arts as a gateway to excellence, he created his personal development programs. His courses are for everyone who wants to integrate mind, body, and spirit to access his or her true potential and his principles are on the cutting edge of personal development.


Ko Samui

Ko Samui is an island off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus, Thailand. It is Thailand's third largest island, with an area of 228.7 square kilometers and a population of over 50,000 (2008). It is rich with natural resources, white sandy beaches, coral reefs and coconut trees. It is the most significant island in the Chumphon Archipelago. The island is surrounded by about sixty other islands, which together compose the Ang Thong Marine National Park (Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park) and include many other popular tourist destinations, including, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Tao, and Ko Nang Yuan. The island Ko Samui is situated 496 kilometers south of Bangkok. If you travel by plane from Bangkok it takes about 1 hour to get to Samui.



  • Gym
  • Hiking
  • Mountain walking
  • Rock climbing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga studio


  • Free Wi-Fi


As food is not included in the Base Program, you are free to eat where and what you want. The Resort has kitchen facilities to prepare your own food. Or try local delicacies at the many many food markets and restaurants nearby. These are very affordable compared to US and European prices. Alternatively, you can inquire about the Meal Service upgrade option.

Things to do (optional)

Arranging your own trips to the park for sports, training or other events

Beach parties

Boat trip to other islands

Elephant riding

Hiking to hot springs

Making use of free time to read a book, start training in a new area, focus on home study courses or spend more time on the mat

Mountain biking

Motorcycle or moped cruising

Motocross riding

Paintball parking

River rafting

Rock climbing

Visiting areas nearby like Pattaya, Khao Yai, and Hua Hin

Visiting the town for a movie or travel to a theme park

Visiting local national parks

Spa treatments

Massages and spa treatments are available at additional cost and upon request.

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Housing, according to your selected option
  • RTMS philosophy and system book (digital)
  • Winjitsu Book set 1 - 5 (digital)
  • Daily martial arts group training sessions
  • Daily self-defense for women classes in the studio room
  • 5 days of intensive training each week, 3 - 5 hours per day

What's not included

  • Airplane tickets
  • Transportation around the island
  • Weekend Trips
  • Training Gear
  • Insurances
  • Personal expenses
  • Spa treatments
  • Meals

How to get there

Arrival by Airplane

You can catch a plane from the Bangkok International Airport, Suvarnabhumi. Bangkok Air and Thai Airways fly direct to Samui Airport, several times per day. For a slightly cheaper option, fly to Suratthani. From there, just take a bus or taxi to the ferry.

Arrival by Bus

If you want a more economical way to travel, take the VIP bus from the well-known Khao San Road or from the Southern bus terminal at Boromrat Chonnani Road in Bangkok. The VIP buses are more comfortable than A/C bus. You can buy a ticket in almost every travel agency in Bangkok. The ferry is often included in the price. -Transport by Ferry %The fastest ferry leaves from the two main piers in Donsak on the mainland with operators like Seatran, and Racha Ferry. The price is about 150 THB.

Arrival by Train

Another great way to travel is the night train from Hualamphong, the Bangkok railway station, to Suratthani. The sleeping cars are comfortable. It is a little more expensive than the bus, but you will get a good sleep. Upper beds are less expensive than the lower ones. A private first class cabin for two persons is also available.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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