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!

At Home – At Work Women’s Safety Solutions

One-hour classes dealing specifically with potentially dangerous situations women encounter every day. Real-life solutions and realistic options for work, home and travel.

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.


      Yes, yet another 5-star review for Rebecca and Defense-Ability. As the date approached for my daughter to head off to university, I became more and more concerned about her ability to keep herself safe in a big city of over a million people (San Jose). I searched the internet, scouring reviews to find a class that was practical - signing for ongoing lessons in martial arts wasn't what I was after (I'm sure they have their place). Finally I came across defense-ability.com.

    On August 6, 2017, my wife and daughter took Rebecca's Mother-Daughter self-defense class. They were both super-positive about the class, feeling much better equipped to keep themselves safe. Rebecca doesn't just teach moves (she does that of course); perhaps more importantly, she teaches the participants to change their behavior and be aware of their surroundings. She educates the students about dangerous situations, when you are most vulnerable, and how to act to avoid an attack in the first place. Rebecca is highly experienced in her field (check out her website and these other reviews), and has been an instructor for the government for years. She knows her stuff and you will be glad you took her class.

    All this is great, but I want to emphasize the importance of going back and practicing your newly acquired skills. Rebecca offers practice classes for very little money. Please, go attend one or two until you don't have to think about what to do. Repetition is the key to learning, and this is no different. So my wife and daughter returned last weekend to a practice session, and once again came home very pleased and feeling it was time very well spent.

    Rebecca is extremely patient, so if you're afraid you might embarrass yourself or don't think you can do it, she will take you through the moves one on one at your own pace. My wife and daughter are both petite (less than a hundred pounds) so if that's you out there, don't feel like you can't participate.

    Fathers, husbands, please consider having your daughters and/or wives take this class! I enthusiastically recommend it.

    Thanks Rebecca.

    thumb Jeff A.


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.

      Our domestic violence program, AACI Asian Women's Home was lucky to have been referred to Rebecca at Defense-ability for Self-Defense Training. Many of us are working with survivors of abusive relationships at any number of stages from safety planning to crisis intervention. Violence is never promoted in the work that we do, but safety and support is heavily emphasized to our clients and our individual well-being.

    The tips that Rebecca provided in her 2-day training on awareness and prevention tactics was not only practical, but also very powerful! Rebecca was able to draw upon real life experiences and how to avoid sticky situations just by being more aware, assertive, and willing to act.

    I'd highly recommend taking a class with Rebecca as I came away from the training feeling more confident in my own abilities to protect myself. Many thanks for the tips and tactics...your teachings are invaluable!

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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, fun, information packed, and suitable for everyone. 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.