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.
Bystanders Who Won’t Stand By: Skills-based intervention training: Sat., Feb. 4, 2017 at 1230-330 pm, Takoma.
Be Your Own Bystander: Empowerment Self-Defense Intensive: Tues., Jan. 17 to March 28 (skipping Valentine’s Day), 630-830 pm, Gallery Place.
You CAN Defend Yourself: Friday, Jan. 20, 6 -8 pm, Bethesda
Love Yourself: Empowerment Self-Defense for all Genders: Sat., Feb. 18, 130-430 pm, Columbia Heights
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 wish other women/girls could experience THIS feeling of girrrrlpower, instead of listening to Cosmo and Glamour to tell them where their power lies.
I feel more confident, yet not complacent. I am learning to incorporate ‘no’ into my everyday life.
Her calm, steady energy felt reassuring.
The teachers role-modeled being strong women.
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.
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 unfortunately had to use some tactics I learned from the workshop, as I was assaulted at the beach this summer. I honestly believe that I avoided a rape because of your training.
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 was a springboard. Now I know where I need to go in the rest of my life.
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.
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