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.

      While this class shares valuable information on self-defense, sometimes the teacher communicated in a way towards students that came across as dismissive, aggressive or even bullying, and was not helpful for student learning.

    Some examples:

    -A student asked a question to clarify information they had heard on a topic being discussed, and the teacher responded in a way that seemed hostile, shutting down the question instead of using it as an opportunity for further learning. The student seemed reluctant to ask more after this.

    -The instructor got angry towards a student who had forgotten something, getting close into their personal space and making a strangling motion to show their anger. Class had not even started yet, and this student had barely just met the instructor, the student seemed really scared by this.

    -During a lecture portion of the class, the instructor suddenly pivoted to a student and acted aggressively, to see how they would react. While this may have been to show the point that you won't have time to react in a dangerous situation, it was not made clear to the students beforehand that this type of thing would occur during the lecture portion of the class.

    -This type of behavior as shown in the above two examples is especially concerning, as it would make sense that some students might be attending the class because they have already had bad things happen to them. Instead of getting help they may have gotten triggered if they had trauma.

    -When a woman was asking about how to improve her specific safety scenario the instructor made a joke out of what she was doing, which wasn't helpful to her learning or necessary. The joke also seemed to generalize about women, which isn't cool.

    To potential students - the information is good, but please be aware that the instructor is not always sensitive to students, and it could be triggering to someone with trauma.

    Hopefully the above feedback can help the course improve so even more can benefit.

    thumb M K.


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.