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.
August 8, Get ready for college for high-school juniors and seniors and college students. JUST A FEW SPACES LEFT!
Sept. 13 – Nov. 10 Self-defense intensive: This in-depth class will cover everything from street harassment to defending yourself from the ground; from physical strikes to healing
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!
Everybody needs this!
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!
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.
This class was a springboard. Now I know where I need to go in the rest of my life.
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.
The teachers are nonjudgmental: they are not going to tell you that what you are doing is wrong.
Lauren is very encouraging and patient. An excellent teacher, she makes everyone feel comfortable.
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 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.
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 my self—which is why your class was so important to me.