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This class not only showed me how to defend my body, but it taught me how to express myself as well. It nurtured my soul and showed me that to be a woman does not mean that I am physically helpless.
This class showed me that . . . I have every right to defend myself and take care of myself the best way I know how. My first responsibility is to myself.
Lauren is very encouraging and patient. An excellent teacher, she makes everyone feel comfortable.
Everybody needs this!
The teachers are nonjudgmental: they are not going to tell you that what you are doing is wrong.
The teachers role-modeled being strong women.
What an empowering, enlightening class! You gave me a wonderfully empowering gift – the ability to speak! You helped take away some of the fear that I had by having me realize that I have some power within.
I feel more confident, yet not complacent. I am learning to incorporate no into my everyday life.
Inspiring, caring, understanding, strong, and self-assured.
To my surprise, I found the verbal parts of the class the most beneficial. Instead of just preparing us for the chance of an all-out attack, we learned skills that have been helping me to navigate more assertively through everyday situations. You helped all of us to view self-defense holistically, and asked us to question our role in making this world less violent.