Lauren Taylor


Lauren has been studying and teaching self-defense since 1985. She has taught classes to about 20,000 people of all ages and genders and of all walks of life. She specializes in classes for women, for people with disabilities, for LGBTQ/gender nonconforming people, and for survivors of abuse and assault.


Defend Yourself

Defend Yourself teaches Empowerment Self-Defense to women, girls, LGBTQ and others targeted for sexual violence that empowers them in ways that go far beyond preventing assault. Empowerment Self-Defense shares skills for facing the wide range of violations (street harassment, problematic family members -- all the way to attacks) and recognizes that they usually come from someone you know.