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 Empowered! A Verbal and Physical 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 except where noted. The July class is open to everyone. The October class is open to anyone who’s taken the Happy Hour intro.
When: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8 pm
July 11: For all genders
October 17: Get Empowered 2: Take your skills to the next level (Open to all genders; for those who have taken a prior workshop)
Where: DC Center for the LGBT Community, corner of 14th and U NW (2000 14th St, #105).
How: EARLY REGISTRATION $23. Contact us if you can’t afford the full fee.
Defend Yourself and Willow Street Yoga present…
On My Own: Independence skills for tweens
Parents: Is your child — late elementary school or middle school — heading to school on their own? Walking alone or with other kids? Or taking public transit? Are they starting to stay home alone?
We’ll share skills to help them be logistically, mentally, and emotionally ready for these and other steps to independence, and strategies for if something doesn’t go as planned.
Parents are encouraged to participate, and there will be a short parent session following the workshop.
Sign up your tween or young teen and youll give the gifts of independence, critical thinking, and safety and give yourself some peace of mind!
Who: Open to tweens, ages 9-12, and their parents
When: Saturday, August 11, 2-4:30
Where: Willow Street Yoga in Takoma Park (2 blocks from the Red Line)
How: Register here.
Get Ready for College: Empowerment self-defense for college students and rising high-school seniors
Join us to learn: How to prevent and avoid harassment, attack, and abuse…How to stop a threatening situation with words…Moves to use against common attacks. We’ll address the range of situations you might encounter, including unwanted sexual attention (including rape), and use of alcohol/drugs and technology to violate boundaries.
Who: College students and rising high-school juniors
When: Saturday, August 4, 2:15
Where: Yoga Heights DC, 3506 Georgia Ave NW (short walk from the Petworth Metro)
How: $79. Sign up below. 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.