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: November 14 and December 5.
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.
Boundaries and Safety for Teens, Saturday, November 3, 3:30-6 PM, at Willow Street Yoga in Takoma.
Bystander Intervention Training! Saturday, November 10, 12-2 PM, at The DC Center.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
I feel more confident, yet not complacent. I am learning to incorporate no into my everyday life.
I feel more confident and like I can get through anything.
Thank you for a wonderful class. I will spread the word around my high school and to every interested girl/woman I know!
Inspiring, caring, understanding, strong, and self-assured.