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), 630-830 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 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.
Lauren is very encouraging and patient. An excellent teacher, she makes everyone feel comfortable.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
Her calm, steady energy felt reassuring.
The teachers role-modeled being strong women.
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.
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