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 annoying people to full-on attacks.
Buy a gift certificate for yourself or someone else you love to one of our 2019 workshops.
Get Empowered! A Self-Defense Happy Hour (16+), DC Center for the LGBT Community, various Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Next class Sept. 11 for all genders.
On My Own: Independence Skills for Tweens, Willow Street Yoga, Takoma Park, November 16, 2-4:30 p.m.
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!
The teachers are nonjudgmental: they are not going to tell you that what you are doing is wrong.
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.
I feel more confident, yet not complacent. I am learning to incorporate no into my everyday life.
Thank you for a wonderful class. I will spread the word around my high school and to every interested girl/woman I know!
Everybody needs this!
This class opened a door for me that I didn’t know existed. I know exactly what I would do if I needed to. It was the first time in my life that I felt that. Even if something happened, I would still feel safe in myself.
To my surprise, I found the verbal parts of the class the most beneficial. Instead of just preparing us for the chance of an all-out attack, we learned skills that have been helping me to navigate more assertively through everyday situations. You helped all of us to view self-defense holistically, and asked us to question our role in making this world less violent.
Lauren is very encouraging and patient. An excellent teacher, she makes everyone feel comfortable.
Inspiring, caring, understanding, strong, and self-assured.
The teachers role-modeled being strong women.