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"I took Lauren’s program with my teen daughter. She went to humor me but she left with a whole new perspective on self-awareness and physical safety. I actually received a rare and wonderful, 'You were right, Mom.' I also discovered that my own voice was actually still there, very loud and happy to finally have some defense moves."

Middle school can be tough. In this workshop you’ll learn how to stop someone who's bothering you, how to make them go away with your words, and the best way to kick or hit if you absolutely have to. And you'll have fun!

Click here to register or to find out lots more about the class. You must preregister to attend.


carrotToo drunk to know better?

New research found that "Young women are often the targets of aggression when they're out in bars, but the problem isn't that guys are too drunk to know better. Instead, men are preying on women who have had too much to drink," according to NPR.

The solution, in part, is training bystanders -- especially bar and club staffs -- to intervene. And that's where Defend Yourself and partner Collective Action for Safe Spaces come in. Our new Safe Bars program offers just such training to bars and clubs in the D.C. area.

Defend Yourself's Lauren Taylor told NPR that "she realizes that this goes beyond just how people behave on Saturday night. 'Really what we're talking about is changing rape culture,' Taylor says. '[Rape culture] is the overall messaging throughout our culture that says this kind of behavior is allowed.'"

Find out how you can bring us to your favorite hangout here.


carrotWhat is self-defense?

Many people think of self-defense as what they would do if someone jumped them in a parking lot or dark alley.

We do teach ways to fight off an attacker. But self-defense is much more than that! It is a set of skills--verbal, emotional, mental, and physical--that you can use to keep yourself safe, claim your space, set limits, say no, heal from abuse or attacks, and live the life you want to live. more»

carrotDefend Yourself

works to empower people

-- especially women and others targeted for abuse and assault –- to end violence and create a world where they can be fully themselves.

In our classes you'll learn skills to help you prevent, heal from, and end violence and abuse.

You'll walk away armed with skills for dealing with everything from bothersome people to full-on attacks.

Our instructors are skilled, experienced professionals who have training in self-defense theory and techniques, in research on violence, and in teaching skills. And our students love them!

Find out about classes we have scheduled, or bring us to you, or sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know what's coming up. Call 301.608.3708 or email us.


carrotCustom classes -- just

for you!

Defend Yourself will come to you. If you have a group (workplace, sports team, house of worship, group of friends, Girl Scout troop, or whatever...) we can tailor a class to your needs. Just contact us via email.







carrotWhy self-defense?

Whether or not you live in a high-crime area, attack is an unfortunate possibility. For women especially, most assaults don't come from strangers in parking lots: They come from friends, acquaintances, romantic partners, or family members. more»


carrotHave you ever had to use it?

Here's what Lauren Taylor, director of Defend Yourself, has to say:

When people find out about my work, one of their most common responses is a question: Have you ever had to use it?

My answer: Every day. more»



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