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.
Yes, we teach bystander intervention and deescalation! Please 1-Sign up for our newsletter so we can let you know when workshops are scheduled, 2-Save the date of 12/11, and we’ll let you know if that workshop is confirmed, and 3-You can set up a workshop with your group and we’ll come to you!
How to be More Assertive: Sun., Nov. 20, 10 am to 12 noon
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!
I feel more confident and like I can get through anything.
Inspiring, caring, understanding, strong, and self-assured.
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
Lauren is very encouraging and patient. An excellent teacher, she makes everyone feel comfortable.
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.
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 was a springboard. Now I know where I need to go in the rest of my life.
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 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!
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.
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