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.
Get ready for college: Sat., Aug. 6, 1-4 pm: REGISTRATION OPEN
Self-defense intensive: Tues., Sept. 13 to Tues., Nov. 1, 6:30-8:30 pm.
Self-defense for high-schoolers: Sat., Oct. 15, 1-4 pm
Intro to self-defense (for those 16+): Sat., Nov. 5, 1-4 pm
Resolution: Breakthrough!: Sat. Jan. 21, 1-4 pm
Love for others + ourselves: Self-defense for all genders: Sat., Feb. 18, 1-4 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 was a springboard. Now I know where I need to go in the rest of my life.
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.
I feel so much stronger and more confident. Now I feel good about saying ‘no’ to something I don’t want, where I used to feel bad about it. This is a big change!
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.
Bothering leads to dangerous things and situations if we aren’t careful. We want to try to stop the situation before it gets really dangerous! There are bullies that can start at just being annoying by talking and saying those mean things but it can turn into something very dangerous if you are not careful. So the key is to be very smart and think before you act. – from the book by our students at Jump Start Girls/Adelante Niñas
Her calm, steady energy felt reassuring.
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.
The teachers role-modeled being strong women.
I feel more confident, yet not complacent. I am learning to incorporate ‘no’ into my everyday life.
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.
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