Women's Self Defense Made Simple.

Some people say women need “secret techniques” or gimmicks to protect themselves. We disagree.

Over the last 12 years, nearly 3000 women have taken control of their own safety through the Common Sense Defense & Women’s Empowerment course.

And now, that class is joined by The Power Within: A 5-week Self Defense Journey for Women Warriors.

No secrets. No gimmicks. No BS. Just real self defense.

For that one unexpected moment you hope will never happen.

Which man is safe?

Many women wonder each day about the men around them. Is the big tattooed and pierced guy near my car dangerous? Is my coworker just being nice, or testing my boundaries? Who can I trust? And could I stop someone if they became a threat?

Maybe you’ve had some of those thoughts yourself. As Margaret Atwood said, “Men are afraid women will laugh at them. Women are afraid men will kill them.”

So you hope it never happens to you. 

But how would you feel with confidence and preparation instead of just hope? Would you walk to your car after dark without feeling afraid? Dress for work or the gym without wondering if men will take it as a sign to flirt with you? 

Maybe you’d just enjoy a night out with the girls, knowing how to set your boundaries and what to do when someone pushes them.

And you’d certainly know you can protect yourself in that one unexpected moment someone crossed the line… the one which before, you only hoped would never happen.

That’s why we created a new kind women’s self defense class.

The ability to fight back is great. But what if I told you 75% of self defense has nothing to do with punching and kicking?

Skills for physical protection are important. That’s what most women’s self defense classes focus on.

But there’s more to women’s self defense than fighting. Maybe you’ve heard of soft skills.

If not, soft skills are non-fighting skills. They boost your chance of avoiding an attack when possible, and surviving an attack when needed. In fact, these soft skills make up three-fourths of self defense. 

Unlike most women’s self defense courses, we don’t send you off with only a fraction of the self defense puzzle. 

Both of our classes– Common Sense Defense & Women’s Empowerment and The Power Within– coach you through each of the four aspects of self defense so you’re fully confident in your safety.

In fact, a University of Oregon study found women who completed a self defense course were over 50% less likely to experience unwanted sexual contact, harassment, and rape than women who didn’t take a course.

Gain awareness and control of your surroundings.

  • Recognize the common tactics and body language cues of potential attackers.
  • Maximize awareness without feeling paranoid.
  • Discover ways to talk down an aggressive person (and when it just won't work).

Knowing these simple concepts gives you the best chance to prevent an attack in the first place.

Reduce your chance of freezing under stress.

  • Get the truth about the myth of "fight or flight."
  • How to set your definition of win and why it's important for your success.
  • Learn two simple tactics that improve the odds you'll act instead of panic.

These skills give you the know-how to act confidently, allowing you the best chance of successfully defending yourself.

Discover the keys to stop a bigger, stronger attacker.

  • How to minimize your strength difference, and what to do when you can't.
  • Understand the four styles of attack, and simple rules of countering each one.
  • Discover the three target zones that work better than a groin shot.

Many courses teach watered down techniques that make you feel good. We give you what works.

Understand how the law works for- and against- you.

  • Examine two types of force, and three times you can use deadly force.
  • Learn the single statement a retired NY officer recommends after an attack.
  • Why you should ask for medical care, even if you don't need it.

It’s silly, but victims of attack can end up in court. Understand how to establish self defense and protect against criminal charges.

Women helping women.

Over the past decade, almost 3000 women have attended the Common Sense Defense class. And while they learned from us, they taught us just as much.

In order to provide the best women’s self defense class possible, we listened to their feedback. The good, and the bad. Many shared their personal stories as teaching moments for other women. Some even shared what worked for them in real life, and what didn’t.

A few have come back later, sharing how something they remembered from class quite possibly saved their lives. 

You’ll learn from all of them. And perhaps one day in the future, a woman will protect herself thanks to a priceless bit of information you add to our class.

"I've never been attacked, but last month a close friend was murdered. It wasn't supposed to happen, but it did. I train for that one unexpected moment you think will never happen."
Jessica S.
"The Common Sense Defense & Women's Empowerment class was far better than other classes I've taken. It combines smart and useful information with physical skills."
Monica D.
"I really appreciate being able to step out of my comfort zone in a safe space, and boosting my confidence level while learning how to protect myself."
Christina C.

Two courses. One goal.

Are you ready to take charge of your own safety and prepare yourself agains violence? If so, then don’t miss Common Sense Defense & Women’s Empowerment and The Power Within: A 5-week Self Defense Journey for Women Warriors.

Together, these courses have one goal: provide you with skills to survive an attack and get home to your family.

And while you can certainly attend just one, they work best when taken together. In fact, many women repeat  both courses several times, learning something new each time.

So what are the differences between the two?

Common Sense Defense & Women's Empowerment

Common Sense Defense & Women’s Empowerment is a 4.5 hour seminar, usually held on a Saturday morning.

Why “Common Sense”? This course got its name from one of our first students. She had taken other courses that were either too watered down, or too complicated.

After taking this course, she told us it was the most common sense class she’d ever taken, and we should call it such. The name stuck.

She even went on to help teach the class for several years.

The course is a balance of lecture and hands on application of the skills we discuss. You’ll develop a solid foundation in all four areas of self defense- prevention, mental, physical, and legal.

You’ll work with other women in a physically and emotionally safe space where you can begin your exploration of self defense.

Common Sense Defense is appropriate for all experience and fitness level. It’s open to women ages 14 and up (under 16 must attend with a female adult).

The Power Within:
A 5-week Self Defense Journey for Women Warriors

The Power Within: A 5-week Self Defense Journey for Women Warriors is a five class series. It’s typically held on consecutive Tuesday evenings for 1.5 hours each.

This course is a 100% hands on series. You’ll begin by fine-tuning skills developed in the Common Sense Defense Course, which is a prerequisite.

During the course, you’ll also build upon those skills. You’ll learn to apply the principles from CSD to a wider range of attacks, including weapon attacks and multiple attackers.

Like the CSD course, you’ll work in a physically and emotionally safe space. You’ll not only practice with other women, but also with male student-instructors.

These student-instructors are trained to help you maintain your confidence and feel safe while you learn how to apply your skills against a bigger attacker. You’ll receive instant feedback, and push toward new boundaries as you are ready.

The Power Within course closes with a chance to apply everything you learned against a padded attacker. 

Women who complete the course tell us it’s the most empowering situation they’ve experienced.

Start your journey to personal safety and empowerment.

Self defense doesn’t have to be complicated. Our classes are designed to give you real life, confidence boosting skills in a safe environment.

Of course, we hope you’ll never need any of these skills. But, better to have them and not need them than the alternative, right?

The Fall 2019 Women’s Self Defense series is coming up in October. Spaces are limited to the first 20 women, so sign up early to ensure a spot. These are our most popular courses, and fill up quickly.

Here are the dates:

Common Sense Defense: Saturday, October 12th, 9 am – 1:30 pm.

The Power Within: Tuesday, October 15th though Tuesday, November 5th, 6 – 7:30 pm.

Registration is open now. Cost is only $99 for both classes (a total of 12 hours of training).

Click the button below. You’ll be taken to a sign up form, then a PayPal payment form. 

We have a saying in our classes… your personal safety begins and ends with you. 

Take charge of yours now.