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!
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 don’t have to be an athlete or a martial artist to keep yourself safer!
Who: Open to all women age 18 and up.
When: Friday, Sept. 29, from 6 to 9 pm.
Where: Vienna, Va.
How: $15 (pay what you can).
Empowerment Self-Defense Basics
Join us to learn skills to help you prevent, interrupt, heal from, and end violence and abuse. You’ll leave better equipped to deal with everything from street harassment to problematic co-workers, from intrusive family members to sexual assault.
Who: Women, teen girls, trans and gender-nonconforming people age 16+
When: Sat., October 21, 2-5 pm
Where: Yoga Heights, 3506 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC. Wheelchair accessible.
How: $69. Registration required. 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.