Free Women's 

Self Defense Program

Why Train Self Defense?

In the United States, approximately one in three women (32.1%) is estimated to have experienced some type of unwanted sexual experience during their lifetimes.  Also, an estimated 19.3% of women (or >23 million women) have been raped during their lifetimes.  Almost half of female victims of rape (an estimated 46.7%) had at least one perpetrator who was an acquaintance, and an estimated 45.4% of female rape victims had at least one perpetrator who was an intimate partner. "National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) & Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Prevalence and Characteristics of Sexual Violence, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence Victimization — National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, United States, 2011."

Our program is offered the first Saturday of every month at 1 PM.   Check our schedule in the event there are changes due to a holiday on a weekend.

One Time Seminars in Self Defense are Not Enough.

Many classes offered to women are one-time seminars in self-defense, but learning how to effectively protect yourself requires repetition and training over time.  You are not likely to remember how to deal with an attack unless you practice defenses over and over.


Our Self Defense Program for Women is based on Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (GJJ) self-defense principles. All classes are taught by Laura Eyler (GJJ Brown Belt) and are open to women and teens (ages 13 and up).


You will learn practical self-defense skills in a fun, safe, and supportive environment. GJJ focused self-defense is based on leverage, balance, and technique rather than speed, size, and strength.  Learn to manage the most common types of attacks including arm escapes, neck holds, dragging, bear hugs, chokes, and other methods of control.   Learn to repel an attacker, survive on the ground, and how to escape to get to a safe place. Each class is centered around one of the following themes:


Creating Distance | Standing Choke Defenses | Bear Hug/Dragging Defenses | Grounded Attack Defenses

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Our self defense program was developed and is taught by Laura Eyler,    You can learn about Laura's background here.

Questions about Women's Self Defense

For more information, please call Laura Eyler at 301-676-2784 or complete the following form:.  

11791 Fingerboard Road, Monrovia, MD 21770 E-mail: info@urbanaacademy.com Tel: 301-748-8313

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