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.

      My friend and I both took Rebecca's workshop and loved it! Having both been through some very tough situations, we had been looking for an opportunity to learn how to better protect ourselves. Rebecca's class really fit the bill! We learned how to be more alert to the environment around us, what type of situations can be dangerous, how perpetrators think and pick victims, and, perhaps most importantly, how to physically defend ourselves. Rebecca has a lot of experience and knowledge. She's also got a great sense of humor and a lot of good stories. It was a pleasure getting to know her as well!

    A class for moms with small children is in the works as well, so we are hoping to join her for that sometime soon.

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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.

      Rebecca, Defense-ability's owner has a genuine passion for women's safety and it's evident in her training.

    She volunteered to teach a free class for the women in our townhouse complex in downtown San Jose, and exceeded our expectations.

    From the beginning of class and up till the end, she kept our female participants of various ages (15 y/o to 60+), ethnic groups, life experiences, and fitness levels engaged. Not to mention, pumped! Her use of videos and real life examples were real eye openers on how important it is to be aware of your surroundings.  

    Class participants were able to practice their newly acquired self defense skills on "Dave the dummy," and also enjoyed getting the opportunity to learn how to use both a stun gun and pepper gel. Rebecca also gave us recommendations on what to look for when purchasing a stun gun and showed us an ingenious smartphone app that can help us if we are in danger.

    Rebecca has transformed a tough topic into one everyone felt comfortable talking about and asking questions.

    The class was a real confidence booster!

    Be prepared to get involved, learn a lot and have a great time.
    No sitting on the sidelines!

    It's hard to believe that this class was only three hours.
    Time sure does fly when your having fun.

    Thank you Rebecca and Defense-Ability for your support of our diverse communities within Silicon Valley.

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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,  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.