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.
Join us on Wednesday, June 13, to find your power! Early registration now open.
Also offered once a month throughout 2018: July 11 (for all genders), August 15, September 12, November 14, and December 5. On October 17, take your skills to the next level (for people of all genders who’ve taken a prior workshop).
Only 10 slots in each workshop, so sign up now!
LAST CHANCE: CLASS STARTS THURSDAY!
Empowerment Self-Defense Class: May 24, May 31, June 7, June 14, Willow Street Yoga, Takoma Park
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!
I wish other women/girls could experience THIS feeling of girrrrlpower, instead of listening to Cosmo and Glamour to tell them where their power lies.
This class exceeded my expectations! I looked forward to class and the chance to practice my skills. I enjoyed the supportive environment and the space to develop strategies for confronting harassment.
Thank you for a wonderful class. I will spread the word around my high school and to every interested girl/woman I know!
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.
Inspiring, caring, understanding, strong, and self-assured.
The teachers role-modeled being strong women.
This class was a springboard. Now I know where I need to go in the rest of my life.
Lauren is very encouraging and patient. An excellent teacher, she makes everyone feel comfortable.
When I took my [previous self-defense] class, I learned how to fend off physical attacks, but it took me much, much longer to learn how to develop and maintain healthy relationships. I spent too many years in an abusive relationship . . . Now I’m a lot more careful about defending myself – which is why your class was so important to me.
Everybody needs this!