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.
Empowerment Self-Defense Intensive,a 10-week deep dive into verbal and physical skills. You’ll transform yourself into a more confident, more assertive you!EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS SOON!
Buy a gift certificate for yourself or someone else you love to one of our 2019 workshops. Dates and locations coming soon. Let us know if you want to be notified when registration opens!
On My Own: Independence Skills for Tweens with Defend Yourself, Willow Street Yoga, Takoma Park, March 2, 2-4:30 p.m.
Get Empowered! A Self-Defense Happy Hour (16+), DC Center for the LGBT Community, various Wednesdays, 6:30-8 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!
I feel more confident and like I can get through anything.
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.
I feel more confident, yet not complacent. I am learning to incorporate no into my everyday life.
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.
The teachers are nonjudgmental: they are not going to tell you that what you are doing is wrong.
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.
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.
Lauren is very encouraging and patient. An excellent teacher, she makes everyone feel comfortable.
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.