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.


      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.

    thumb Kristen M.

      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!

    thumb Veronica T.


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.