Women's Self-Defense Training

Preparation is the best form of self-defense!

Self-defense is more than knowing how to fight back against a physical attack. Our workshop series teaches you how to think in terms of choices and options while developing awareness, assertiveness skills and practice for physical self-defense techniques.

Our training offers:
• Safety strategies, assertiveness skills and physical self-defense techniques.
• Awareness of specific vulnerabilities and issues of women and girls.
• Classes designed with women's experiences, strength and capabilities in mind.
• A focus on sexual assault and domestic violence prevention.
• Designed to empower women and girls to prevent crime and victimization.

We will also teach you the most reliable self-defense techniques for the most common attack situations women encounters ranging from grab attacks without warning to being pinned on the ground by an armed assailant. Rather than relying on strength to defend against a stronger opponent, you will learn the basic techniques of Martial Arts such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that includes the principles of leverage, timing and energy efficiency. As a bonus, you will get a great workout! Regardless of your age, weight, or fitness level you can learn the techniques of self-defense while gaining an increased sense of personal confidence and empowerment. Women and girls ages 9+ are welcome. No experience required.Classes are designed to teach a specific self-defense technique with skills building over time, such as a set of awareness, safety strategies and physical techniques that will help you to prevent, escape and survive assaults. Each class starts with a series of warm-up exercises, followed by instruction in a specific skill with technique practice with a partner. The class ends with partner drills to build confidence and strengthen reflexes.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling martial art that emphasizes technique and leverage over sheer physical strength. With knowledge of BJJ, a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger, heavier assailant by using leverage, timing and energy efficiency.

Private and semi-private classes also available.


Monthly Women's Self-defense Workshop

8-Week Women's Self-defense Workshop at Emeryville Community Service Center (Jan 8-Feb 26, 2-18)

8-Week Women's Self-defense Workshop at Emeryville Community Service Center (March 5-April 23, 2018)