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 with skills for dealing with everything from bothersome people to full-on attacks.

Defend Yourself’s experienced instructors know self-defense theory and techniques, the facts about violence, trauma, and recovery, and effective teaching methods. And our students love them!

Upcoming workshops

July 25, Fight the Fear: A free workshop hosted by singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile!

August 1, Staying safe around strangers: For rising kindergarteners.

Click here to learn more!

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.

The teachers are nonjudgmental: they are not going to tell you that what you are doing is wrong.