About Karen Armstrong Safety Strategies

Karen Armstrong, Director Safety Strategies Sydney NSW Australia

Karen Armstrong
Director | Principal Instructor | Personal Safety Expert

Our core team

All Safety Strategies Instructors have the distinctive expertise and character required for this specialised work.

Our team members have been carefully selected for their personal and professional qualities. They are fully trained to the highest quality standards for which Safety Strategies is known.

We work together for continuous improvement and aim to exceed our clients’ and participants’ needs.

We love our work and the people we work with. We work together as a team to give 100% plus to every client.

Profile Karen Armstrong - Director

Specialist expertise

  • Training design, delivery, assessment and accreditation
  • Work Health & Safety compliance
  • Dealing professionally with aggressive behaviour
  • Violence prevention and resolving predatory behaviour
  • Management at state and national levels
  • Speaking at conferences and events
  • Media and marketing
  • Writing books and producing films

Following an exceptional career in the martial arts industry, Karen Armstrong established Safety Strategies in 1994 as a specialist training service. She has taught over 30,000 people, earning an international reputation as an expert in personal safety and violence prevention.

Her Safety Strategies training programs have achieved outstanding results in many industries, and are recognised as the benchmark of quality and effectiveness in this vital training niche.

Karen provides presentations and workshops in government, business and community contexts, with solutions for all forms of threatening and aggressive behaviour. This is vital knowledge for all levels of management, Workplace Health & Safety, learning and development, and frontline staff.

Prior to establishing Safety Strategies, Karen was National Manager of one of Australia’s largest martial arts schools. Under her ten year management plan, the International Wing Chun Academy expanded from one centre to three State centres and over 40 branches, and its enrolled membership rose from 100 to 1000.

Karen’s credibility as a trainer, speaker and manager is widely and publicly acknowledged:

But there is one woman who I believe stands head and shoulders above most not just women, but men as well. Karen Armstrong, who at one time managed one of the largest martial art organisations in Australasia. Not only managed it but helped build it. You can read more about Karen at http://www.earleswingchun.com/women-in-wing-chun

(The above quote is from one of the industry’s statesmen, Kevin Earle)

I’m happy to report I’ve finally seen video of a woman practitioner who embodies the Wing Chun principles. Her name is Karen Armstrong and she was one of Sifu Jim Fung’s students (he studied with Ip Man student Tsui Seung Tin).
– Steven Moody, Professional Researcher and Wing Chun Expert


  • TAE 40110 – Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • Certificate IV in Transport and Distribution (Road Transport)
  • Certificate in Business Management, Australian Institute of Management, Sydney
  • Graduate Diploma in Group Work and Counselling, University of Technology, South Australia (50{b339919679d78cf875e6b2ee698137bccaeaad439c34b49c99e6574473cee76d} completed)
  • Senior First Aid Certificate
  • First Class Honours Degree – Arts, Majoring in Philosophy, Flinders University, South Australia
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, Melbourne University
  • Commercial Law 1, Accounting 1, Melbourne University
  • Certificate in Community Fitness Instruction, TAFE, Adelaide

Author of three acclaimed books

  • Freedom from Fear – The Complete Guide to Personal Safety for Women
  • Wing Chun Kung Fu – An Effective and Logical Approach to Self Defence
  • The Authentic Wing Chun Weapons – Butterfly Knives and Long Pole

Freedom from Fear by Karen Armstrong Wing Chun Weapons by Karen Armstrong and Master Jim Fung Wing Chun Kung Fu by Karen Armstrong and Master Jim Fung


Writer, producer, director of award-winning instructional DVD

Writer, Producer, Director of award-winning instructional DVD Wing Chun Kung Fu (60 minutes): Distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Polygram Video, critically acclaimed and distributed in USA and Europe.

This instructional DVD was awarded a 5-star rating by a leading international journal, and described as a ‘must see’.

DVD Wing Chun Kung Fu

Profile Timothy Kitto - Senior Instructor


  • TAE 40110 – Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • Certificate III in Fitness (Fitness Institute of Australia) (Aug 2010)
  • Certificate II, III, IV in Sport & Recreation (coaching-Specialising in Wing Chun Kung Fu) (Feb 2010)
  • Punchfit Trainer Course (Fitness Australia) (Nov 2009)
  • Senior First Aid Certificate.

Level of expertise

  • Design, delivery and assessment of workplace violence prevention training to a wide range of clients including Sydney Trains, NSW Police Service, State Transit Authority, Roads & Maritime Services and numerous Local Councils
  • Extensive experience in both government and business contexts, providing training and assessment for customer service, compliance and regulatory personnel
  • Expert in training packages, adult learning and instructional design and delivery
  • Preparation of high quality materials including training programs, assessment tools, summary reports, utilising leading edge digital and visual design skills