Courses & Workshops

Courses & Workshops
Courses & Workshops
Courses & Workshops
  • Each Pretty Deadly Course consists of 5 classes meeting 1x per week for two hours each, for a total of 10 hours of training over five weeks, or a total of 30 hours to complete all three levels.

    Full Course :  Pretty Deadly Self Defense provides training in self defense techniques, situational awareness, confidence-building and vocal presence, divided into three stages, with milestones to mark the completion of each stage.  We begin with a foundation, teaching basic moves and focusing on awareness, balance, and natural movement.  Stage 2 applies our foundation skills to the dangers of daily life, focusing on awareness, prevention and de-escalation, acquiring one-to-one techniques.  Stage 3 exercises strategy and danger assessment, and use of everyday items as defensive tools. 

    All techniques are designed based on natural body movement, and are easily adaptable for every age and body type, including physical restrictions.  The intensive course consists of a total of 30 hours of self defense training over a total of 15 weeks.

    Each stage can also be taken as a course on its own, to suit your schedule and needs:

    Wonder Woman (Stage I):  Foundation course is a foundation self defense class, teaching basic moves and focusing on awareness, balance, and natural movement.  Techniques are designed for the most common forms of attack against women, and highlights building confidence, stopping a violation already begun, and escape. Forms include basic strikes, blocks and take-downs.

    Xena Warrior Princess (Stage II):  Tailored for the dangers of daily life in public environments: on the subway, on the street, in the nightclub. Techniques are applied as one-to-one defense, focusing on awareness, prevention and application.  Must complete Stage I to register.

    Princess Leia (Stage III): Stage III brings self defense to intimate settings: in the home, on a date, and date rape.  This stage also hones strategy and danger assessment. Techniques are applied as intimate defense and incorporate common tools.  The focus is on heightened awareness and utility.  Must complete Stage II to register.

    Courses are offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays and segue directly into the next Stage after reaching each Milestone, allowing members consistency in scheduling, and an option for flexibility when needed.

  • Monthly 4-hour intensive workshops that deconstruct real-life scenarios and aggressions, from first awareness prevention all the way to point of contact, teaching you simple but effective defense techniques. We focus on awareness, prevention, and strategy, and we work with every body type and ability to help keep you feeling strong, confident and safe.  Adults only (18+)

    *Practical Self Defense workshops are held at our partner location, Ladyline Loft in Moabit

  • Monthly 4-hour intensive workshops that deconstruct real-life scenarios and aggressions, teaching body awareness, defining and reinforcing boundaries, de-escalation, and simple but effective defense techniques. We focus on awareness, prevention, and strategy, and we work with every body type and ability to help keep you feeling strong, confident and safe.  Ages 11-17 with parent permission

    *Practical Self Defense workshops are held at our partner location, Ladyline Loft in Moabit

  • Pretty Deadly Girls is based on the same principles as our adult courses: make space and get away. Using the basics of natural body movement, intuition and strategy along with easy, but effective techniques taught in a fun, energetic environment, Pretty Deadly Girls is presented in a format where girls learn best. Through simple exercises and even a dance routine (!), girls learn the basics of self defense and, through self defense, self empowerment.  For more information about these courses, please contact us at team@prettydeadly.org

  • Pretty Deadly At Work is business-oriented program for employees who travel, and that can be enhance building strategic thining, negotiating skills, and team-building through self-defense, providing women’s-only or mixed-gender courses in the workplace. We offer weekly classes, half-day seminars and full-day workshops at our location or yours. For more information about our courses at work, please contact us at team@prettydeadly.org

  • Your passport’s updated, your flights are all booked, and you’re stocked with sunscreen, festival passes, and extra batteries. 

    Now how about a little self defense?

    Travel smart this summer with the Pretty Deadly Now Voyager! Travel Course. Designed for backpackers, trekkers, festival goers, and adventurers of all ages. 4 classes, tons of practical tips for any terrain:

    Concerts & festivals (yes, we address altered states)
    Backpacking & Hostels
    Trekking & camping
    Foreign cities & terrorism (sorry but… that’s reality!)

  • Pretty Deadly works with women’s shelters and halfway houses, helping survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence find their feet again and grow into empowerment.  We focus on centering and grounding and establishing boundaries, while remaining sensitive to triggers and post-traumatic stress.  For more information, contact us at team@prettydeadly.org

  • The needs and concerns of women & girls in Berlin’s refugee communities, as well as the volunteers who work with them, encompass cultural, religious and integration questions.  We volunteer through Give Something Back to Berlin and Hangar 1 to provide groundwork for refugee women and girls to deal with the specific obstacles and concerns they face, while remaining sensitive to culture, dress and theologies.  For more information about our courses for refugees, please contact us at team@prettydeadly.org

Courses & Workshops