What We Do

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Pretty Deadly Self Defense is for women of every age, every body type, every skill level. Based on real-life situations, realistic settings, and in the clothes women actually wear, we are focused on the basics of natural body movement, intuition and strategy, building simple exercises and effective techniques that anyone can do.

At Pretty Deadly, we strongly believe in your natural ability. Self defense isn’t just about fighting back – it’s about knowing your boundaries, trusting yourself, your own capabilities, bringing your power into the open and never having to hide who you are.

Pretty Deadly provides self defense training that addresses the specific fears and doubts faced by all those who identify as women. LGBTQ-friendly. Refugees welcome.

We believe that everyone has a right to exist and occupy their own personal space.
Everyone has a right to agency over their own body.


The Pretty Deadly program’s mission is to empower, not through teaching participants how to take down a 6-foot man (although we do that too!), but by finding the power they already have inside themselves. Pretty Deadly uses everyday examples and teaches individuals to recognize where they already practice self defense in their day to day lives.

Through simple, natural exercises that you already do, Pretty Deadly brings out the power you already have and teaches you how to use it, without losing your individuality or your humour! You can be deadly and still be pretty!


Have fun.  Make friends.  Kick ass.


Pretty Deadly Self Defense
has been helping all who identify as women grow stronger together since 2009. In March 2016, we opened our first Berlin classes, and have been working with Give Something Back to Berlin since September 2016, offering self defense classes focused on conflict management, de-escalation and integration to Berlin’s refugee communities and the volunteers who work with them.  For more information or to schedule a workshop, please contact outreach@prettydeadly.org.