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.

      From my wife, a martial artist who has taken Model Mugging:  "Rebecca is a former Homeland Security agent who trained other federal agents.  She teaches a no-nonsense, practical class on how to avoid trouble in the first place, and how to disable and escape from perps when a confrontation is unavoidable.  Unlike martial arts, which is great but doesn't actually prepare you for real life street situations, Rebecca teaches very simple, effective moves and provides a practice session.  She is respectful, practical, and - let's face it - bad ass.  She teaches moves that can be done regardless of strength.  My daughter and I left with greater self-confidence and awareness of surroundings.  The bonus is that her class is reasonably priced and only takes 3 hours.  She also debunks popular self-defense myths.  We're sending our daughter to her college class next, and I'm recommending this to all my friends, including those who are martial artists."

    thumb Don K.

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 this life saving women's defense class that is in the Bay Area. It's not a martial arts class but something everyone can do with special techniques to defend yourself and the first part of the course is about awareness and to understand how a predictor can think and how they calculate getting their victims when they are off guard. It was interesting to learn that these predators will even be in a Starbucks and listen to when your name is called and then follow you outside and say that name as if they know you and then you let down your guard. She said to use your middle name so then you know if someone calls out that name you will be on guard or run diagonally yelling back off. The class is taught by a woman who has been associated with the swat team and law enforcement. I highly recommend it if to all my friends and their daughters. I actually used what I learned in the class the other night which saved me from a predator who was following me. Rebecca is an amazing instructor!

    thumb Kim B.

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.