Free Violence Prevention Workshops

Intensive Self-Defense Courses

Five Fingers of Self Defense

This free community workshop is taught from a perspective that emphasizes choosing the most peaceful option to violence. This workshop is interactive, empowering, effective, and community-building.

You will learn to:

  • Improve your "street smarts"
  • Set boundaries and speak up for yourself and others
  • Broaden your response options

Saturday, March 1, 2014, from 1:30-3:00pm
Saturday, November 8, 2014, from 1:30-3:00pm

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LGBTQ Self-Defense & Empowerment

In this free community workshop, LGBTQ individuals and allies will become better equipped to deal with situations of disrespect, harassment, and abuse that either they or others face. Through discussions, interactive activities, and hands-on practice participants will gain the skills needed to form a plan and take action for safety in all areas of their work and personal lives.

Specific areas of focus include:

  • Assertive communication to combat hate-based violence
  • Easy to learn physical techniques to use when verbal techniques are not enough
  • Resources for healing and building alliances

Saturday, June 14, 2014, from 1:30-3:00pm

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Teen Safety & Independence

In this free community workshop, teens will learn safety skills that address personal safety at school, home, and everywhere in between. Teens will leave knowing how to use their voice to effectively confront violent and bullying behavior, how to use self-calming techniques to cool down before reacting in anger, and when to use simple self-defense strikes and kicks to disable an attacker.

Specific areas of focus include:

  • Facts about violence that impacts teens
  • Assertive communication skills to resolve conflict peacefully in school and at home
  • How to choose between fight or flight and easy to learn physical techniques

Saturday, August 2, 2014, from 1:30-3:00pm

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Back to School Safety for Kids 8-11 Years Old

This free community workshop teaches kids our framework of the 5 fingers of self-defense — Think, Yell, Run, Fight, and Tell. Through interactive and effective exercises, kids ages 8-11 learn how to accurately assess areas of conflict and danger and increase their awareness, self-confidence, and safety.

Specific areas of focus include:

  • Assertive communication skills for stopping verbal and physical harassment
  • Peaceful conflict resolution skills for negotiating intimate relationships at school and home
  • Easy to learn physical techniques for preventing violence

Saturday, September 20, 2014: 1:30-3:00pm

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Five Fingers of Self-Defense:
Violence Prevention Course for Adults and Teens

Participants learn the Five Fingers of Self-Defense – Think, Yell, Run, Fight, and Tell – and practice applying these strategies to a variety of situations. In role plays, group discussions and partnership exercises, students gain confidence and increased awareness as they learn concrete ways to respond to conflict and violence.

Specific topics include:

  • Peaceful conflict resolution
  • Dealing with harassment
  • Recognizing red flags in intimate relationships
  • Facing an armed assailant
  • Releases from grabs
  • Fighting from the ground
  • Intervening safely when others are the target of violence

2014

Winter Weekend Intensive

Friday, Jan 24: 6:00-9:00pm
Saturday, Jan 25: 1:30-5:30pm
Sunday, Jan 26: 1:30-5:30pm

$135 Early Bird Discount by Jan 11, $150 after
$100 for full or part time students
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Spring Weekend Intensive

Friday, April 25: 6:00-9:00pm
Saturday, April 26: 1:30-5:30pm
Sunday, April 27: 1:30-5:30pm

$135 Early Bird Discount by March 20, $150 after
$100 for full or part time students
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Summer Teen Weekend Intensive

Friday, June 27: 6:00-9:00pm
Saturday, June 28: 1:30-5:30pm
Sunday, June 29: 1:30-5:30pm

$135 Early Bird Discount by June 13, $150 after
$100 for full or part time students
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Summer Weekend Intensive

Friday, July 11: 6:00-9:00pm
Saturday, July 12: 1:30-5:30pm
Sunday, July 13: 1:30-5:30pm

$135 Early Bird Discount by June 27, $150 after
$100 for full or part time students
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Fall Weekend Intensive

Friday, October 10: 6:00-9:00pm
Saturday, October 11: 1:30-5:30pm
Sunday, October 12: 1:30-5:30pm

$135 Early Bird Discount by September 26, $150 after
$100 for full or part time students
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