Safety skills for LGBTQ
women, transmen, and
Saturday, June 20, 1 pm - 4 pm at 16th and Q Sts. NW. Here's everything you need to know!
Fight the Fear!
Free self-defense brought
to you by Brandi Carlile
Defend Yourself was selected by singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile to offer a free workshop in tandem with her Wolf Trap concert. Join us Saturday, July 25, from 2 pm to 4 pm at 16th and Q Sts., NW. All the details are here.
Get Ready for College in August (high school seniors and juniors), and
Self-Defense Intensive: Tuesday nights from Sept. 8 to Nov. 10, 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
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Inside a Defend Yourself workshop
Take a look at what happens in a Defend Yourself workshop. Noorjahan Akbar made this video for her masters in journalism. Many thanks to the DC & Baltimore Service Corps Members who let her visit the workshop!
What is self-defense?
Many people think of self-defense as what they would do if someone jumped them in a parking lot or dark alley.
We do teach ways to fight off an attacker. But self-defense is much more than that! It is a set of skills--verbal, emotional, mental, and physical--that you can use to keep yourself safe, claim your space, set limits, say no, heal from abuse or attacks, and live the life you want to live. more»
5 self-defense techniques you didn't know you could use!
Defend Yourself and our partner tagg magazine
put together some inspiring examples of people standing up for themselves and others, like the 80-year-old woman who pelted a grocery store's would-be robbers with mangoes! Get some more ideas here.