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.


      So, reading through all of the reviews, I'm sure you're finding it hard to believe that Rebecca receives 5 stars in review after review. But after my 14 year old daughter and I took her course this past weekend the only rating I can give her is 5 stars.  Seriously!

    The class was highly relevant and very easy to relate to our everyday activities and actions.  Rebecca's teaching style is perfect for this type of material and her prior work experience lends her to be extremely credible with this line of work.  She mixes in humor throughout the session to keep it casual but gets the point across about how important it is to be alert and aware of your environment.

    This self-defense course for women and girls is one of the most important gifts you could ever give yourself, your mother, your sister, your daughters or any woman in your life.  It literally could save their life.

    Defense-ability was highly recommended to me by my best friend who took her two daughers to it and I'm passing this on to you ---- I highly recommend Rebecca's Defense-ability course for every girl, lady and woman out there.

    thumb Mia B.

      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

    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.


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.