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!
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.
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 Nias
Her calm, steady energy felt reassuring.
I feel more confident, yet not complacent. I am learning to incorporate no into my everyday 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.
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 and like I can get through anything.
Inspiring, caring, understanding, strong, and self-assured.
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.
Lauren is very encouraging and patient. An excellent teacher, she makes everyone feel comfortable.