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 have limited sliding-scale spaces for those who can’t afford the full fee.
- And all of our classes are fun!
Get Ready for College!
Learn skills to be safer and confident as you head off to school, work, or travel. This is a high-risk time for sexual assault, especially by someone you know, but research has found that empowerment self-defense can make a huge difference! So we focus on using prevention, boundary-setting, and assertiveness skills and physical strikes as a last resort in a college setting.
Who: Rising high-school juniors, seniors, and college students.
When: Saturday, August 5, 1-4 p.m.
Where: Potomac Massage Training Institute, one block from Silver Spring Metro. Red Line.
For Muslim Women + More!
Muslim women are increasingly targeted for hate speech and violence. Join IKRAM The Foundation for Empowerment of Muslim Women for an evening of empowerment.
Teachers from Defend Yourself and WISE–Womens Initiative for Self-Empowerment–will cover 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 (including hijab grabs).
Open to all abilities–you dont have to be an athlete or a martial artist to keep yourself safer!
WHO: Open to all women age 16 and up
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 29, from 6 to 9 pm.
WHERE: Vienna, Va.
HOW: $30 to $60 (pay what you can). To pay, fill out your information below, then click Pay Now. You’ll be taken to a screen where you can enter the amount between $30 and $60 that you’re able to pay. Input the number only, no dollar signs. Then follow the instructions on Paypal to finish payment.
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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.