SAFE: Self-defense for women, by women
YOU WILL LEARN:
SAFE Women & Girls (ages 14+)
Sundays, 10am - 1pm (2-day course)
next session: TBA
"I just walked home tonight with the most confidence I've had in a long time." --Tabatha D., SAFE participant
Designed for middle-school aged girls, this workshop builds confidence to face peers and adults in boundary-testing situations. Physical skills include stance, yelling, striking for power and accuracy.
Girls Empowerment Workshop
*next workshop date TBA
We are available for private workshops for corporations, non-profits organizations, sororities, campus clubs, and groups of all sizes. We will work with you to find the workshop format that best fits your needs. We are happy to serve people of all genders in private workshops, and can tailor our events to the unique needs of your group, including issues of identity and ability. Pricing is dependent on number of participants, required travel, and other factors.
WHAT MAKES SAFE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER PROGRAMS:
But don't just take our word for it...
" I just walked home tonight with the most confidence I’ve had in a long time. That self defense class went way beyond physical for me. I’m a naturally nice and sweet girl and when our instructor was talking about people targeting victims, I can think of so many times that that has been me. Thankfully I put myself in positions most of the time where I have a big strong brother or someone else to protect me, and I’ve been pretty unharmed. However this class taught me so much about how it’s not only right, but okay to stand up for myself. It’s okay to say no and it’s not just being paranoid. People can be a******s and I need to be the one that makes sure they aren’t a******s to me. I had small expectations for this class, but now I’m recommending it to everyone! ... It was honestly amazing and will change this summer for me!"
"I took a self defense class with Villari’s and it was perfect. I learned about ways you can intervene before an attack and lots of great physical and verbal interventions you can do to ward off an attacker and they even had real male attackers so you got great practice trying the interventions. Great class. Highly recommended!"
- Jessica K.
"I took the woman's self defense class here, what a great and informative experience! The staff are wonderful, very knowledgeable and kind. The facility has an empowering and welcoming atmosphere. I would recommend Villari's to anyone!"
- Laura K.
I've always been hesitant to take a self defense class. I was worried about getting an instructor who perpetuated rape culture while attempting to be helpful. Ali, who led the self defense class I took at Villari's, was exactly the opposite. She was extremely knowledgeable, very aware of the myths around sexual assault and careful to avoid them, and also very sensitive to the needs and experiences of her students. She did a wonderful job of making sure that all of us were comfortable, even though the experience of physically defending ourselves against the male assistants (also really terrific instructors) could have been very daunting. All in all, it was a very empowering and educational experience. The opportunity to practice physical aggression was kind of a revelation! I left the class feeling reminded of the fact that yes, I have the ability physically fight back if necessary (how did I forget this?) but with the knowledge and skills to really make a hit count if I need it to. I feel more confident being on my own than I did before. Can't recommend enough!
- Dayna Long