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 Rebecca's class yesterday. I ONLY can say great things about the class. In fact I liked it so much I signed up for another class. Thank you Rebecca. Thank you so much for offering this class to help young women in college how to protect themselves. I think we should never underestimate the power of self-defense. I came in the class like oh god I can never fight off someone taller than me or I'd probably be so scared if anything were to happen  to me. But I came out feeling more confident and prepared. She is really amazing, nice and super funny! Rebecca teaches REALISTIC things. She wants you to accomplish "disabling" the predator/attacker. She teaches situational awareness how that can save you, how you shouldn't be on your phone at all times, how to get to your car/leave your car, how to walk wit h a sense of purpose and many more scenarios...

    This class is amazing. SO WORTH MY MONEY. Invest in this and you will not have any regrets. She is also very very considerate for example if there was a move we were doing and people weren't comfortable doing it she would say don't feel pressured you can just watch. Again, she is very understanding. I also asked so many questions and she took her time. Never felt rushed. She is a passionate teacher and has many years in the field of law enforcement. You are getting a great teacher with a reasonable price. Like is this even real?!

    The building is 1610 it is located in Crossfit San Jose. There is a lot of parking so don't worry but make sure you come on time. She is punctual. You don't want to miss anything important. she talks about her own experience.

    Save your life!! take the class.

    Rebecca you rock. Thank you.

    I can't wait to come to your next class!

    thumb Catherine H.

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.

      A friend of mine organized a group of women to take a class from Rebecca at Defense-ability.  Rebecca, along with her assistant Corey, first taught us how to avoid situations and how to be aware of our surroundings.  Then, they taught us techniques to use if contact was unavoidable.  I have taken some self defense classes in the past, and they have all had you partner up and try out the "moves."  We did partner up in this class, but what made this class different was that Rebecca was walking around, making sure we were doing things right.  She would act as the attacker and "test" each of us and have us keep going until we did it right.  I enjoyed her style--serious information along with a dose of humor.  I would highly recommend this class for any woman who wants to be pro-active about her safety.

    thumb Nancy J.

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.