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.

      You definitely learn a lot by attending a class. I didn't sign up for regular classes but just wanted to try it out once. First off, Rebecca is both warm and passionate about what she does. She also has a pretty extensive background in regards to defense tactics.

    I would say for the one-time class, it's basically a spark notes version of the basics of what you can do in the more common attack situations (with actual drills and intense practice...we got to punch and kick a dummy to a pulp).

    What I appreciated the most about the session was being reminded of how unnecessary it is to worry about your self-image or politeness when being confronted with danger. When your life is on the line, who cares about how loud you are or if you blatantly reject an advance...like a boss? No pity. And how about putting down those phones while walking y'all? Is scrolling through your Facebook or Instagram feed that important?

    Yah. She's passionate about your safety and so am I.

    thumb Christine 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.

      I took the Women's Urban Self Defense and it was very well done.  I now give more thought to where I am walking and who is around.  I also have some great tools to deescalate situations.  We were also allowed to practice self defense techniques, which are MUCH harder than you think they will be.  Amazing Women of the South Bay Area - If you have been meaning to take a self defense class - this is the one for you.  Rebecca is very knowledgeable, kind, yet serious about her craft.  I can not say it enough - take this class.

    thumb Wendee C.

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.