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.
Intro to Empowerment Self-Defense (for those 16+): Sat., Nov. 5, 130-430 pm
Empowerment 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: Empowerment 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!
Inspiring, caring, understanding, strong, and self-assured.
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.
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.
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.
The teachers are nonjudgmental: they are not going to tell you that what you are doing is wrong.
This class was a springboard. Now I know where I need to go in the rest of my 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.
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.
This class opened a door for me that I didn’t know existed. I know exactly what I would do if I needed to. It was the first time in my life that I felt that. Even if something happened, I would still feel safe in myself.
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!
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