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 intensive (16+): Feb. 16 to April 19, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Note change of date! On my own (going to school w/o a grownup): tentative dates: Sat., March 6 + 13, 1 – 3 pm
Intro to self-defense (16+): Sat., March 5, 1 – 4 pm
Intro to self-defense for women of color (16+): Sat., April 2, 1 – 4 pm
Dealing with street harassment: Sat., April 16, 1 – 4 pm
How to be more assertive (16+): Sat., May 14, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
For middle schoolers: Sat., May 21, 1 – 4 pm
Intro to self-defense (16+): Sat., June 4, 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!
The teachers are nonjudgmental: they are not going to tell you that what you are doing is wrong.
Thank you for a wonderful class. I will spread the word around my high school and to every interested girl/woman I know!
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.
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
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.
The teachers role-modeled being strong women.
I feel more confident, yet not complacent. I am learning to incorporate ‘no’ into my everyday life.
Her calm, steady energy felt reassuring.
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.
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.
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