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ESDA Founders

Darlene DeFour

Hunter College

New York NY

Ddefour3@gmail.com

ddefour@cuny.hunter.edu

 

Carmel Drewes

Empowerment Changes

Stoughton MA

https://empowerment-changes.org/

 

Brenda Jones

The Center for Anti-Violence Education

Brooklyn NY

Caeny.org

Beej421@yahoo.com

 

Anne Kuzminsky

West Kingston RI

akuzminsky@cox.net

 

Clara Porter

Prevention.Action.Change

Portland ME

Pacmaine.com

info@PACMaine.com

 

Alena Schaim

Resolve (an IMPACT organization)

Santa Fe NM

resolvenm.org

info@resolvenm.org

505-992-8833

 

Susan (George) Schorn

Austin Texas

SusanSchorn.com

gsschorn@gmail.com

 

Meg Stone

IMPACT Boston

Impactboston.org

FB: impactboston

info@impactboston.org

781.321.3900

 

Martha Thompson

IMPACT Chicago

Chicago IL

www.impactchicago.org

FB: impactchicago

info@impactchicago.org

312.971.7119

 

Lynne Marie Wanamaker

Safe Passage

Northampton MA

Lmwsafe.com / Safepass.org

lmw@safepass.org

 

Lauren Taylor

Defend Yourself

www.defendyourself.org

FB: defendyourself

@1defendyourself

IG: defend___yourself/

lauren@defendyourself.org

Safe Bars

www.safebars.org

FB: safebarshq

301.608.3708

 

Yuko Uchikawa

Ruckus Safety Awareness

Brooklyn NY

Makearuckus.org

ruckusnyc@gmail.com

 

 

Individuals and organizations that self-identify as offering or supporting ESD (as of 11/18)

Through posts on listservs and Facebook pages serving self-defense instructors (e.g. Self-Defense Discussion Group, ESD Global, National Women’s Martial Arts Federation, Pacific Association of Women Martial Artists, IMPACT International), the Empowerment Self-Defense Alliance (ESDA) invited individuals and organizations self-identifying as ESD Instructors or affiliates to provide their contact information. Inclusion doesn’t equal endorsement.

 

 

In the US

California

Beauty Bites Beast

Ellen Snortland

Altadena, CA

www.beautybitesbeast.com

@BeautyBitesBeastDoc

Ellen@beautybitesbeast.com

 

Hand to Hand

Joyce Mende Wong

Oakland, CA

www.handtohandkajukenbo.com

SifuJoyce@handtohandkajukenbo.com

 

IMPACT Personal Safety

Los Angeles and Southern California

ImpactPersonalSafety.com

FB: IMPACT Personal Safety

IG: @impactpersonalsafety

LisaGaeta@ImpactPersonalSafety.com

310.360.1096

 

Peace Over Violence

Los Angeles, CA

www.peaceoverviolence.org

  • Patti Giggins

patti@peaceoverviolence.org

213.955.9090 ext.103

  • Zoe Muñoz

munoz.zoe@gmail.com

 

Colorado

Crystal Middlestat

Denver, CO

linkedin.com/in/crystal-middlestadt-46205791

FB: Crystal Middlestat

720.443.3387

Florida

On Point Wellness

Michele Elefante & Deb Lee

Melbourne, FL

onpointwellnessfl.org

321.345.3978

 

Illinois

National Karate

Juli Brown

Barlett, IL

www.chicagonk.com

FB: nkwomensselfdefense

info@chicagonk.com

630.289.7777

 

IMPACT Chicago

Martha Thompson (ESDA)

Chicago, IL

www.impactchicago.org

FB: impactchicago

info@impactchicago.org

312.971.7119

 

Thousand Waves Martial Arts & Self-Defense Center

Chicago, IL

www.thousandwaves.org

FB: ThousandWaves

(combined with martial arts)

@TWSelfDefense

info@thousandwaves.org

773.472.7663

 

Kentucky

Empowering Movement

Katie Gardner

Lexington, KY

comedyoferis@gmail.com

Maine

Prevention.Action.Change

Clara Porter (ESDA)

Portland, ME

Pacmaine.com

info@PACMaine.com

 

Massachusetts

ESD Global Inc.

Boston, MA

www.esdglobalselfdefense.org

FB: ESD Global Self Defense

 

IMPACT Boston

Meg Stone (ESDA)

Impactboston.org

FB: impactboston

info@impactboston.org

781.321.3900

 

Tenacity Women's Self-Defense

Beth Capotosto

Boston, MA

www.tenacityselfdefense.com

FB: tenacityselfdefense

Beth@tenacityselfdefense.com

 

Safe Passage

Lynne Marie Wanamaker (ESDA)

Northampton, MA

Lmwsafe.com / Safepass.org

lmw@safepass.org

 

Empowerment Changes

Carmel Drewes (ESDA)

Stoughton, MA

https://empowerment-changes.org/

FB: empowermentchanges

carmel.msw@gmail.com

512.771.2622

 

Fierce & Female Empowerment Self Defense

Melissa Soalt

www.dr-ruthless.com

FB: fierceandfemale/

413.896.5357

 

Michigan

Mejishi Martial Arts

Jaye Spiro

Detroit, MI

Mejishimartialarts@att.net

248.542.5371

 

Mississippi

Fusion Martial Arts of Pearl

Pearl, MS

Fusionmartialartsofpearl.com

Cault53486@aol.com

601-201-1271

 

New Mexico

Resolve (an IMPACT organization)

Alena Schaim (ESDA)

Santa Fe, NM

resolvenm.org

info@resolvenm.org

505-992-8833

 

New York

The Center for Anti-Violence Education

Brenda Jones (ESDA)

Brooklyn, NY

Caeny.org

Beej421@yahoo.com

 

Ruckus Safety Awareness

Yuko Uchikawa (ESDA)

Brooklyn, NY

Makearuckus.org

ruckusnyc@gmail.com

 

Darlene DeFour (ESDA)

Hunter College

New York, NY

Ddefour3@gmail.com

ddefour@cuny.hunter.edu

 

Prepare Inc (an IMPACT organization)

New York, NY

prepareinc.com

FB: PrepareInc

@prepareinc

info@prepareinc.com

212-255-0505

 

North Dakota

Turtle Mountain Empowerment Self Defense

Belcourt, ND

FB: Turtle Mountain Empowerment Self Defense

 

Ohio

IMPACT Safety

Julie Harmon

Columbus, OH

www.impactsafety.org

FB:IMPACT-Safety

@IMPACTohio

jharmon@impactsafety.org

614.437.2884

 

Darla Bolon

Columbus, Ohio

 

Oregon

University of Oregon Women's Self-Defense

Jocelyn Hollander

Eugene. OR

selfdefense.uoregon.edu

jocelynh@uoregon.edu

 

Emerj Safe Now

Carolyne Haycraft

Portland. OR

Emerjsafenow.org

FB: emerjsafenow

503.896.1522

 

WomenStrength

Portland. OR

www.portlandoregon.gov/police/womenstrength

FB: WomenStrength/

sara.johnson@portlandoregon.gov

503-498-8452

 

Pennsylvania

Lioness Martial Arts

Mona MacDonald

Pittsburgh. PA

www.lionessmartialarts.com

info@lionessmartialarts.com

412.241.6519

 

WAVE Self-Defense

Corrine Lagermasini

www.helpwomen.org/wave-self-defense

Philadelphia, PA

 

Rhode Island

Anne Kuzminsky (ESDA)

West Kingston, RI

akuzminsky@cox.net

 

Texas

George (Susan) Schorn (ESDA)

Austin, Texas

SusanSchorn.com

gsschorn@gmail.com

 

Sun Dragon Martial Arts & Self Defense NFP

Austin, TX

Sundragon.org

Info@sundragon.org

512.416.9735

 

Washington

Mount Spokane Martial Arts

Opal Harbert

Mead, WA

Mtspokanemartialarts.com

Oharbert@yahoo.com

509-590-3873

 

Strategic Living LLC

Joanne Factor

Seattle, WA

www.StrategicLiving.org

FB: StrategicLiving

@strategicliving

IG: strategicliving

206.202.0748

 

Lisa Scheff

Paradox Self-Defense

Bellingham, WA

 

 

 

Washington D.C.

Lauren Taylor

Defend Yourself

www.defendyourself.org

FB: defendyourself

@1defendyourself

IG: defend___yourself/

lauren@defendyourself.org

Safe Bars

www.safebars.org

FB: safebarshq

301.608.3708

 

Wisconsin

Chimera Self-Defense

Madison, WI

https://thercc.org/programs-and-services/chimera-self-defense/

Chimera@theRCC.org

608.251.5126 x15

 

International

Belize

S. H. E. Thing Self-Defense and Personal Safety

Belize City Belize

FB: S.H.E.Thing.SelfDefense/

501-630-5571

 

Canada

Jessica McAlea

North Bay, Ontario

FB: Jessica Hothi

jfhothi@gmail.com

7054974333

 

Waterloo Kung Fu

Patricia Anderson-Fievoli

Waterlook, Ontario

www.waterlookungfu.com

Patricia.af@rogers.com

 

Costa Rica

Aude Mulliez

Mulliez.aude@gmail.com

 

 

 

Germany

Frauen in Bewegung (Women in Movement)

Sunny Graf

www.fraueninbewegung.de

FB: fraueninbewegung/

sunny.graff@t-online.de

+496959794590

 

Israel

Tamar Priel

Tel Aviv Israel

FB: tamar.priel

 

Jackie Hyman

www.jaxhyman.com/

@jaxhyman

jaxhyman@gmail.com

 

El Halev

Jerusalem Israel

elhalev.org

אל הלב El HaLev

  • Anat Errel

anaterrel@gmail.com

972-26781764

  • Gabriella Wexler Tanami

FB: gabriella.wexler

  • Yehudit Zicklin-Sidikman

yuditsensei@elhalev.org

972-2-6781764/

FB: YuditSensei or Yehudit Zicklin-Sidikman

 

Paths2Power/Darkei Ohz

Jill Baker Shames

Rehovot, Israel

http://paths2power.com/

FB: Jill Shames, MSW- Empowerment & Therapeutic Warrior Arts

Twitter: @jillsensei

jill@paths2power.com

972-525602296

 

 

 

 

Netherlands

Dragonfire Dreams Unlimited

Wendy Dragonfire

www.wendi-dragonfire.com

+31243444349

+31653581440

 

United Kingdom

The London Centre for Personal Safety (LCPS)

Richard Chipping

www.londoncentreforpersonalsafety.org.uk

lcps@londoncentreforpersonalsafety.org.uk

44 (0)2087437827

unds survivors’ agency, awareness of the neuro-biological factors surrounding trauma, and a commitment to social justice as fundamental components of violence prevention. Click here for What is Empowerment Self-Defense? 

FIND AN ESD PRACTITIONER

ESDA Founders

Darlene DeFour C

Hunter College 

New York NY

Ddefour3@gmail.com

ddefour@cuny.hunter.edu

Carmel Drewes

Empowerment Changes

Stoughton MA

https://empowerment-changes.org/

 

Brenda Jones

The Center for Anti-Violence Education

Brooklyn NY 

Caeny.org

Beej421@yahoo.com

caeinfo@caeny.org

 

Anne Kuzminsky C/T

West Kingston RI

akuzminsky@cox.net

 

Clara Porter C/T

Prevention.Action.Change

Portland ME

Pacmaine.com

info@PACMaine.com

Alena Schaim C

Resolve (an IMPACT organization)

Santa Fe NM

resolvenm.org

info@resolvenm.org

505-992-8833

 

Susan (George) Schorn 

Austin Texas

SusanSchorn.com

gsschorn@gmail.com

Meg Stone C/T

IMPACT Boston

Impactboston.org

FB: impactboston

info@impactboston.org

781.321.3900

Martha Thompson C/T

IMPACT Chicago

Chicago IL

www.impactchicago.org

FB: impactchicago

info@impactchicago.org

312.971.7119

Lynne Marie Wanamaker

Safe Passage

Northampton MA

Lmwsafe.com / Safepass.org

lmw@safepass.org

Lauren Taylor

Defend Yourself C/T

www.defendyourself.org

FB: defendyourself

@1defendyourself

IG: defend___yourself/

lauren@defendyourself.org

Safe Bars

www.safebars.org

FB: safebarshq

301.608.3708

Yuko Uchikawa

Ruckus Safety Awareness

Brooklyn NY

Makearuckus.org

ruckusnyc@gmail.com

Individuals and organizations that self-identify as offering or supporting ESD

(as of 11/18)

Through posts on listservs and Facebook pages serving self-defense instructors (e.g. Self-Defense Discussion Group, ESD Global, National Women’s Martial Arts Federation, Pacific Association of Women Martial Artists, IMPACT International), the Empowerment Self-Defense Alliance (ESDA) invited individuals and organizations self-identifying as ESD Instructors or affiliates to provide their contact information. Inclusion doesn’t equal endorsement.

 

Practitioners with a teach on college campuses; practitioners with a C/T teach on college campuses and are available to travel. 

In the US

California

Beauty Bites Beast

Ellen Snortland

Altadena, CA

www.beautybitesbeast.com

@BeautyBitesBeastDoc

Ellen@beautybitesbeast.com

 

Hand to Hand C/T

Joyce Mende Wong

Oakland, CA

www.handtohandkajukenbo.com

SelfDefense@handtohandkajukenbo.com

 

IMPACT Personal Safety

Los Angeles and Southern California

ImpactPersonalSafety.com

FB: IMPACT Personal Safety

IG: @impactpersonalsafety

LisaGaeta@ImpactPersonalSafety.com

310.360.1096

 

Peace Over Violence C/T

Los Angeles, CA

www.peaceoverviolence.org

  • Patti Giggins

patti@peaceoverviolence.org

213.955.9090 ext.103

  • Zoe Muñoz

munoz.zoe@gmail.com

 

Colorado

Crystal Middlestat

Denver, CO

linkedin.com/in/crystal-middlestadt-46205791

FB: Crystal Middlestat

720.443.3387

Florida

On Point Wellness

Michele Elefante & Deb Lee

Melbourne, FL

onpointwellnessfl.org

321.345.3978

 

Illinois

Culture of Safety LLC C/T

Amy Jones and Erin Epperson

info@cultureofsafetychi.com

National Karate

Juli Brown

Barlett, IL

www.chicagonk.com

FB: nkwomensselfdefense

info@chicagonk.com

630.289.7777

 

IMPACT Chicago C/T

Martha Thompson (ESDA)

Chicago, IL

www.impactchicago.org

FB: impactchicago

info@impactchicago.org

312.971.7119

 

Thousand Waves Martial Arts & Self-Defense Center C/T

Chicago, IL

www.thousandwaves.org

FB: ThousandWaves

(combined with martial arts)

@TWSelfDefense

info@thousandwaves.org

773.472.7663

 

Kentucky

Empowering Movement C/T

Katie Gardner

Berea, KY

empoweringmvmnt@gmail.com

Maine

Prevention.Action.Change C/T

Clara Porter (ESDA)

Portland, ME

Pacmaine.com

info@PACMaine.com

Massachusetts

ESD Global Inc.

Boston, MA

www.esdglobalselfdefense.org

FB: ESD Global Self Defense

 

IMPACT Boston C/T

Meg Stone (ESDA)

Impactboston.org

FB: impactboston

info@impactboston.org

781.321.3900

Labrys

https://sites.google.com/site/labrysempowermentselfdefense/

 

Tenacity Women's Self-Defense

Beth Capotosto

Boston, MA

www.tenacityselfdefense.com

FB: tenacityselfdefense

Beth@tenacityselfdefense.com

 

Safe Passage

Lynne Marie Wanamaker (ESDA)

Northampton, MA

Lmwsafe.com / Safepass.org

lmw@safepass.org

 

Empowerment Changes

Carmel Drewes (ESDA)

Stoughton, MA

https://empowerment-changes.org/

FB: empowermentchanges

carmel.msw@gmail.com

512.771.2622

 

Fierce & Female Empowerment Self Defense

Melissa Soalt

www.dr-ruthless.com

FB: fierceandfemale/

413.896.5357

 

Michigan

Mejishi Martial Arts

Jaye Spiro

Detroit, MI

Mejishimartialarts@att.net

248.542.5371

 

Mississippi

Fusion Martial Arts of Pearl

Pearl, MS

Fusionmartialartsofpearl.com

Cault53486@aol.com

601-201-1271

 

New Mexico

Resolve (an IMPACT organization) C/T

Alena Schaim (ESDA)

Santa Fe, NM

resolvenm.org

info@resolvenm.org

505-992-8833

 

New York

The Center for Anti-Violence Education C/T

Brenda Jones (ESDA)

Brooklyn, NY

Caeny.org

caeinfo@caeny.org

Ruckus Safety Awareness

Yuko Uchikawa (ESDA)

Brooklyn, NY

Makearuckus.org

ruckusnyc@gmail.com

 

Darlene DeFour (ESDA)

Hunter College

New York, NY

Ddefour3@gmail.com

ddefour@cuny.hunter.edu

 

Prepare Inc (an IMPACT organization) C/T

New York, NY

prepareinc.com

FB: PrepareInc

@prepareinc

info@prepareinc.com

212-255-0505

North Dakota

Turtle Mountain Empowerment Self Defense

Belcourt, ND

FB: Turtle Mountain Empowerment Self Defense

Ohio

IMPACT Safety C/T

Julie Harmon

Columbus, OH

www.impactsafety.org

FB:IMPACT-Safety

@IMPACTohio

jharmon@impactsafety.org

614.437.2884

Darla Bolon C

Columbus, Ohio

 

Oregon

University of Oregon Women's Self-Defense C/T

Jocelyn Hollander

Eugene. OR

selfdefense.uoregon.edu

jocelynh@uoregon.edu

 

Emerj Safe Now

Carolyne Haycraft

Portland. OR

Emerjsafenow.org

FB: emerjsafenow

503.896.1522

 

WomenStrength

Portland. OR

www.portlandoregon.gov/police/womenstrength

FB: WomenStrength/

ws@portlandoregon.gov

503-498-8452

Pennsylvania

Lioness Martial Arts

Mona MacDonald

Pittsburgh. PA

www.lionessmartialarts.com

info@lionessmartialarts.com

412.241.6519

 

WAVE Self-Defense C/T

Corrine Lagermasini

www.helpwomen.org/wave-self-defense

Philadelphia, PA

 

Rhode Island 

Anne Kuzminsky (ESDA) C/T

West Kingston, RI

akuzminsky@cox.net

 

Texas

George (Susan) Schorn (ESDA)

Austin, Texas

SusanSchorn.com

gsschorn@gmail.com

 

Sun Dragon Martial Arts & Self Defense NFP C/T

Austin, TX

Sundragon.org

Info@sundragon.org

512.416.9735

 

Washington

Mount Spokane Martial Arts

Opal Harbert

Mead, WA

Mtspokanemartialarts.com

Oharbert@yahoo.com

509-590-3873

 

Strategic Living LLC C/T

Joanne Factor

Seattle, WA

www.StrategicLiving.org

FB: StrategicLiving

@strategicliving

IG: strategicliving

206.202.0748

 

Lisa Scheff

Paradox Self-Defense

Bellingham, WA

 

Washington, D.C.

Lauren Taylor C/T

Defend Yourself

www.defendyourself.org

FB: defendyourself

@1defendyourself

IG: defend___yourself/

lauren@defendyourself.org

Safe Bars

www.safebars.org

FB: safebarshq

301.608.3708

 

Wisconsin

Chimera Self-Defense

Madison, WI

chimeraselfdefense.org

Chimera@theRCC.org

608.251.5126 x15

International

Belize

S. H. E. Thing Self-Defense and Personal Safety

Belize City Belize

FB: S.H.E.Thing.SelfDefense/

501-630-5571

 

Canada

Jessica McAlea

North Bay, Ontario

FB: Jessica Hothi

jfhothi@gmail.com

7054974333

 

Waterloo Kung Fu

Patricia Anderson-Fievoli

Waterloo, Ontario

www.waterlookungfu.com

Patricia.af@rogers.com

 

Costa Rica

Aude Mulliez

Mulliez.aude@gmail.com

 

Germany

Frauen in Bewegung (Women in Movement)

Sunny Graff

info@fib-ev.com 

info@fraueninbewegung.de

+496959794590

 

Israel

Tamar Priel

Tel Aviv Israel

FB: tamar.priel

 

Jackie Hyman

www.jaxhyman.com/

@jaxhyman

jaxhyman@gmail.com

 

El Halev

Jerusalem Israel

elhalev.org

אל הלב El HaLev

  • Anat Errel

anaterrel@gmail.com

972-26781764

  • Gabriella Wexler Tanami

FB: gabriella.wexler

Yehudit Zicklin-Sidikman

yuditsensei@elhalev.org

972-2-6781764/

FB: YuditSensei or Yehudit Zicklin-Sidikman

 

Paths2Power/Darkei Ohz

Jill Baker Shames

Rehovot, Israel

http://paths2power.com/

FB: Jill Shames, MSW- Empowerment & Therapeutic Warrior Arts

Twitter: @jillsensei

jill@paths2power.com

972-525602296

 

Netherlands

Dragonfire Dreams Unlimited

Wendi Dragonfire

www.wendi-dragonfire.com

+31243444349

+31653581440

United Kingdom

The London Centre for Personal Safety (LCPS)

Richard Chipping

www.londoncentreforpersonalsafety.org.uk

lcps@londoncentreforpersonalsafety.org.uk

44 (0)2087437827