Bringing the experience home


Self-Defense Class

  • Thursday, April 22, 2010
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • YWCA National Capital Area 624 Ninth Street, NW (location subject to change)

Date:  Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Time:  6-8pm

Place:  YWCA National Capital Area

624 Ninth Street, NW (location subject to change)

Cost: $20

Due to a positive response, and great turnout, RPCVw will be putting together another workshop on self-defense principles on Thursday, April  22th from 6pm until 8pm with the organization, Defend Yourself.  The goal of Defend Yourself is to empower people - especially women and others targeted for abuse and assault - to end violence and create a world where they can fully be themselves. Participants learn skills to help them prevent, heal from, and end violence and abuse. All Defend Yourself instructors have training in self-defense theory and techniques, in research on violence, and in teaching skills.

Lead instructor Lauren Taylor has been studying and teaching self-defense since 1985. She has taught classes to thousands of women, teens, children, and men from all walks of life. She specializes in classes for women, for people with disabilities, for lesbians/gay men/bisexuals, and for survivors of abuse and assault.

Lauren earned a black belt in tae kwon do in 1995 and was certified as a self-defense instructor by the National Women's Martial Arts Federation in 2000. She also leads a program for 11- to 13-year-old girls, GIRLSPEAK, that focuses on building assertiveness, personal power, confidence, and self-defense skills.

Lauren also writes extensively on interpersonal violence. Selected publications include:    "The Assertive Response to 'Hey, Baby'," The Washington Post, Oct. 27, 2003;  "The War At Home: The Defense Department Takes Aim at Domestic Violence," Government Executive magazine, March 2002; "Walking Out on Spouse Abuse," The Washington Post, July 24, 2000; Sexual Assault in Abusive Relationships," National Institutes of Justice Journal, Jan. 2007; and "Has Rape Reporting Increased Over Time?" NIJ Journal, July 2006.

Lauren's self-defense expertise is bolstered by her experience in related fields: as a counselor at a women's clinic; a founder of My Sister's Place (DC's shelter for battered women and their children); the education coordinator of the Women's Legal Defense Fund; and as one of the organizers of the 1978 March to Stop Violence Against Women (DC's first Take Back the Night March).

RPCVw’s goal is to have a turnout of 20 to 30 participants, and although men are welcomed to attend, women are highly encouraged to attend as well.  Cost for participation will be $20.  The event will take place at the YWCA National Capital Area location at 624 Ninth Street, NW.  It’s near Gallery Place Chinatown Metro.  For more information and to RSPV, please contact Corey  at 

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