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.
Offered once a month throughout 2018: September 12 (FULL), November 14, and December 5. On October 17, take your skills to the next level (for people of all genders who’ve taken a prior workshop).
Only 10 slots in each workshop, so sign up now!
Empowerment Self-Defense: Build Skills for Safety + Confidence! (Sundays, September 30-November 4) at Willow Street Yoga in Takoma.
On My Own: Independence Skills for Tweens, Saturday, October 6, 2-4:30 PM, at Willow Street Yoga in Takoma.
Boundaries and Safety for Teens, Saturday, November 3, 3:30-6 PM, at Willow Street Yoga in Takoma.
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!
Lauren is very encouraging and patient. An excellent teacher, she makes everyone feel comfortable.
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.
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.
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.
The teachers role-modeled being strong women.
Everybody needs this!
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.
Her calm, steady energy felt reassuring.
Thank you for a wonderful class. I will spread the word around my high school and to every interested girl/woman I know!