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.
Our students learn skills to help them prevent, heal from, and end violence and abuse.
To share my testimony and then show them how to defend themselves confirms to me my purpose in life.
I’ve been facilitating and teaching art and peacemaking for 13 years.
One of the things I love about self-defense is that it is a creative and collaborative process.
I bring what I know and students bring what they know and we create something new together in every class.
Defend Yourself works with people of all ages, genders, and walks of life.We have, for example, held classes and workshops at hundreds of D.C.-area schools, faith groups, workplaces, community organizations, and more.I’ve also studied martial arts and received self-defense instructor training with the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation.I especially enjoy supporting women and girls in finding their voices and becoming more assertive.