Women's Urban Self Defense

Women’s Urban Self Defense

Classes tailored to the lifestyles of women in Silicon Valley and surrounding Bay Area.

College Safety and Awareness

Created for high school seniors matriculating to college, and focuses on issues pertaining to campus life.

Mother Daughter Self Defense

For moms to spend quality time with their daughters while learning an important life skill together!


We bring the class to you!

Our corporate classes are shaped to meet the needs of the client company. We have taught classes at companies and non-profits all over the Bay Area.

Silicon Valley Women’s Self Defense

Defense-ability is changing statistics, one woman at a time.  Our goal is to empower, equip and educate women to defend themselves, regardless of age or fitness level. Women’s Self Defense Classes offered by Defense-ability are tailored to the lifestyles of women here in the Silicon Valley and the Bay Area.

      I attended the Defense-ability class on a Saturday morning at the Billy DeFrank LGBT Center. It was a great reminder that when you least expect it, you can be faced with a fight or flight situation, and Rebecca and Jill provide you with the knowledge that can save your life!

    Rebecca and Jill are professional, empathetic, and incredibly knowledgeable. I felt comfortable asking questions and getting the answers I needed i.e.) "should you yell fire when physically confronted"? They applied real life examples and situations, and techniques that will get you out of them.

    -What you should be aware of when shopping this season and walking through parking lots with your arms full.
    -How to practice your fight or flight plan so that in the situation you have to use it, you are clear-headed and READY!
    -DON'T rely on defense moves you see in the movies... Rebecca and Jill will teach you the proper, REALISTIC moves that can immobilize or at least distance yourself from an attacker.

    They also offer defense items for sale AND teach you how to use these tools, what your rights are when using them, etc.

    I plan on taking my mother and aunts to an upcoming class. Taking this class reaffirmed to me that awareness and prevention skills are key; the reactive skills they taught were absolute gold, and though I hope I never have to use them, I know that I'm not helpless.

    Rebecca and Jill, THANK YOU for empowering others!

    thumb Charlie S.

We are living in uncertain times…

It’s better to be safe than sorry. Create a safer environment and reduce your risks by planning for the unexpected.

Our program teaches basic skills, such as situational awareness and boundary setting. In addition we teach “street smarts” – safety information for everyday living along with physical self defense skills.

      My sisters and I attended Rebecca's Basic Self Defense course. I can't say enough great things about our experience. She definitely made the class relevant to real life situations through her stories. She pointed out how to avoid letting our daily routines and behaviors put us at risk for landing in dangerous situations. No matter how careful we thought we were before the class, there was always something that Rebecca pointed out that we could work on.

    After going over different scenarios and how to be more aware of your surroundings, we learned a bunch of physical techniques that could be helpful in dangerous situations. These were tools that we could take home and practice on our own.

    We walked out of the class having more knowledge than we had before. It's hard to put everything we learned into a review so I would definitely recommend that every female take one of Rebecca's classes. Totally worth it!

    thumb Angela M.

Women’s Self Defense Classes

Students gain critical skills, increase confidence levels, and learn to recognize and avoid potentially dangerous situations they may encounter. Our workshops are small, friendly and relaxed. Our instructors are encouraging and supportive. Our goal is to be sure that each student leaves the class with more confidence in their ability to defend themselves successfully.

Classes are open to women 18 years of age or older (15-17 with parental permission) and designed to be low impact,  information packed, and suitable for adults. At Defense-ability you will learn the importance of situational awareness, and how to defend yourself physically.

  • Setting physical and verbal boundaries
  • Street “smarts” and awareness
  • Pre-planning and preparing
  • Recognizing and avoiding trouble
  • De-escalating situations
  • Simple and effective physical defensive techniques

If you can’t find a class that fits your schedule, why not book a private class? Get a few of your friends, neighbors or co-workers to join you! With as few as ten students we can bring the class to you – or we’ll teach your group at one of the private facilities we use.