Defend Yourself works to empower people
— especially women and LGBTQ people – to end violence and create a world where they can be fully themselves.
In our classes you’ll learn skills to help you prevent, interrupt, heal from, and end violence and abuse. You’ll leave better equipped to deal with everything from bothersome people to full-on attacks.
Self-Defense for High-Schoolers: Sat., Oct. 15, 130-430 pm
Intro to Self-Defense (for those 16+): Sat., Nov. 5, 130-430 pm
Self-defense Intensive: Tues., Jan. 17 to March 28 (skipping Valentine’s Day), 6:30-8:30 pm
Resolution: Breakthrough!: Sat. Jan. 21, 130-430 pm
Love Yourself!: Self-Defense for all Genders: Sat., Feb. 18, 130-430 pm
What can we do for you?
Join a class that Defend Yourself has set up, or create one just for your group! Or take our Safe Bars program, Defend Yourself’s bystander intervention program for bar, club, and restaurant staffs. Or just one click and you can learn something now!
This class has given me a powerful toolkit and the confidence to yell ‘NO’ and know I have every right to say it. It’s helped me rethink my personal boundaries and feel good about maintaining them.
This class not only showed me how to defend my body, but it taught me how to express myself as well. It nurtured my soul and showed me that to be a woman does not mean that I am physically helpless.
Lauren is very encouraging and patient. An excellent teacher, she makes everyone feel comfortable.
Everybody needs this!
Thank you for such an empowering, confidence-inspiring class. When you first announced that the class would teach both verbal and physical defense, I was a bit hesitant–I presumed I already knew how to verbally defend myself, and thought I was ready to get down to more ‘hard core’ self-defense moves.
This class showed me that . . . I have every right to defend myself and take care of myself the best way I know how. My first responsibility is to myself.
This class has affected my life in many ways. I am now able to deal with many suppressed feelings. This is an opening for me. I finally allow myself to feel anger without blaming myself. I now realize I have the right to happiness and I will fervently fight whoever tries to take this.
What an empowering, enlightening class! You gave me a wonderfully empowering gift–the ability to speak! You helped take away some of the fear that I had by having me realize that I have some power within.
The teachers are nonjudgmental: they are not going to tell you that what you are doing is wrong.
I feel more confident and like I can get through anything.
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