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women, transmen, and

gender-nonconforming folks

Saturday, June 20, 1 pm - 4 pm at 16th and Q Sts. NW. Here's everything you need to know!

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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.

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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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carrotInside 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!


carrotWhat 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»

carrot5 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.


Defend Yourself works to empower people

-- especially women and others targeted for abuse and assault –- to end violence and create a world where they can be fully themselves.

In our classes you'll learn skills to help you prevent, heal from, and end violence and abuse.

You'll walk away armed with skills for dealing with everything from bothersome people to full-on attacks.

Our instructors are skilled, experienced professionals who have training in self-defense theory and techniques, in research on violence, and in teaching skills. And our students love them!

Find out about classes we have scheduled, or bring us to you, or sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know what's coming up. Call 301.608.3708 or email us.


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just for you!

Defend Yourself will come to you. If you have a group (workplace, sports team, house of worship, group of friends, Girl Scout troop, or whatever...) we can tailor a class to your needs. Just contact us via email.


carrotWhy self-defense?

Whether or not you live in a high-crime area, attack is an unfortunate possibility. For women especially, most assaults don't come from strangers in parking lots: They come from friends, acquaintances, romantic partners, or family members. more»


carrotHave you ever had to use it?

Here's what Lauren Taylor, director of Defend Yourself, has to say:

When people find out about my work, one of their most common responses is a question: Have you ever had to use it?

My answer: Every day. more»




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