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Learn to Defend Yourself!

(Sat., June 29, 1-4 pm, Viva Center)


What does the class cover?

  • Prevention and awareness: things you can do to prevent or avoid an attack or abuse.
  • Assertiveness and verbal self-defense: using words and body language to stop obnoxious or intrusive behavior and to keep a situation from escalating.
  • Physical self-defense: techniques to end an attack and get to safety.

We learn all these skills and techniques through discussion, role-plays, exercises and drills and more.

The skills we teach work! Anyone can do them, and our students have used them successfully to prevent or stop attacks.

This is not a martial arts class. You won’t have to practice for years to learn practical skills. You will go home with techniques you can use if you need to.  

Who can take the class? The class is designed adult women and teen girls ages 16 and up. All of our classes are tailored to the ages and life situations of the participants.

I’m short/overweight/not athletic. I have an injury or a disability. Can I do it? Yes! Everyone can improve their skills and expand their options in case of an attempted attack. This is not martial arts, and you don’t have to be fit to use the techniques we teach. We teach skills that everyone can use every day to keep themselves safer.

Our teachers have experience teaching people from all walks of life, including those with physical limitations. Instructors will work with you to adapt the techniques to something that works for you.

Where and when is the class? At the the Viva Center, 1555 Connecticut Ave. NW, at Connecticut and Q St. (entrance is on Q). It's Saturday, June 29, 1-4 pm. Please come about 10 minutes early to complete some paperwork.

How much does it cost? $59. Before June 22 it's $45. Take another $5 off if you register with a friend. There are limited reduced-fee slots for low-income people; contact us if you can’t afford the full fee. Take this class and you'll get a coupon for the 10-week intensive this fall!

How do I register? You can register via PayPal. You don’t have to have a PayPal account to use PayPal, and you can pay by credit card there if you like. Go to, and in the upper left-hand corner click on "personal." Then click on "buy" and choose "make a payment." Then you enter your email address and in the "to" field, put “"

If you want to pay by check, contact us for the mailing address.

Either way you register, be sure to include your name, address, phone number(s), email, and the class you are registering for. If you are under 18, please let us know because you will need to have a parent/guardian sign a permission form before the class. If you register within a week before the class, please check to make sure you got in.

What should I wear? You can do self-defense in any clothes--if you are ever attacked, you won’t have time to change! Most students wear comfortable clothes. We only ask that you wear flat shoes to prevent sprained ankles.

Who is the teacher? Defend Yourself dedicated to keeping women and girls safer and sharing tools to help them empower themselves and live full lives. You can read more about our teachers here.

I have more questions. Who can I talk to? Call Lauren Taylor at 301-608-3708 or email her. We’re happy to talk and answer any more questions you have!

Hope to see you there!


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