Learn to Defend Yourself!
Defend Yourself has classes for everyone, no matter what your age or ability. Whether you’re dealing with street harassment, going off to college, healing from abuse, or meeting any other challenge, we offer skills you can use.
Live life with more confidence, more safety, more freedom, + more fun!
Join us to learn how to prevent and avoid harassment, attack, and abuse; how to stop a threatening situation with words; and physical strikes to use against common attacks.
- All of our classes are tailored to the life situations and experiences of the students.
- All of our classes are open to people of all abilities: You don’t have to be an athlete or a martial artist to help yourself be safer. All of our classes are held in wheelchair-accessible spaces. If there’s something else that would help you be able to participate, please let us know.
- All of our classes have limited sliding-scale spaces for those who can’t afford the full fee.
- And all of our classes are fun!
Get Empowered! A Self-Defense Happy Hour
Do you know what you’d do if someone rubbed up against you on the Metro? How about if a co-worker kept asking personal questions, or if harassers yelled at you on the street? We cover these and other situations.
You’ll find the power in your body and mind to practice boundary-setting as the foundation of self-defense, and effective strikes for a last resort.
Only 10 slots, so sign up now!
Who: Open to women, trans, and gender-nonconforming people age 16 and up
When: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8 pm (these are one-time, freestanding workshops, not a series)
- Feb 5
- March 11
- May 13
- July 8
- September 9
- November 11
Where: DC Center for the LGBT Community, corner of 14th and U Streets NW.
How: $35; register below. Please contact us if you can’t afford the full fee.
Active Bystander Training with The Outrage
Are you concerned for those who face hate speech — or even violence? Defend Yourself + The Outrage believe in building a culture of active bystanders through whose actions verbal and physical violence and oppression is reduced, while promoting community and respect.
We all have chances to interrupt potentially harmful situations — anything from microaggressions to physical threats. And we all have concerns that can get in the way of stepping up. We may fear for own safety, worry about being embarrassed, think it’s not our business, be afraid of making the situation worse, or something else.
Skills are the antidote to those concerns. Building on what you already know, in this hands-on workshop you’ll develop the skills to assess a situation and choose a response. We teach creative strategies for responding to harassment and ways to de-escalate aggressive behavior. We can promise that you’ll leave with more choices for difficult situations.
To learn more about what a workshop is like, check out this article in The Washington Post.
Who: All genders, all abilities, age 14 and up
When: Saturday, February 22, 1-4 p.m.
Where: The Outrage, 1722 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
How: $40. Please contact us if you can’t afford the full fee.
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In the meantime, if you’d like some training in personal safety and self-protection skills, you can bring us to you! If you have any group (friends, neighborhood, workplace, book group, club/team, etc.), we’ll customize a workshop to your needs.