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!
This class was a springboard. Now I know where I need to go in the rest of my life.
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!
Everybody needs this!
Thank you for a wonderful class. I will spread the word around my high school and to every interested girl/woman I know!
Her calm, steady energy felt reassuring.
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.
Lauren is very encouraging and patient. An excellent teacher, she makes everyone feel comfortable.
Inspiring, caring, understanding, strong, and self-assured.
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 has given me a powerful toolkit and the confidence to yell “NO” and know I have every right to say it. It’s helped me rethink my personal boundaries and feel good about maintaining them.