Teen & Pre-Teen Self-Defense Classes

“I got a chance to really think about the times I have been abused and thought it was not a big deal. I learned that I have power and I could protect myself from violence and abuse, even though I used to think I was weak.”
– a teen self-defense student



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A teen self-defense student practices the Palm-Heel Strike

CAE offers several courses for teens and pre-teens each year at our location in Brooklyn and at schools and organizations throughout the city. Each class builds community and respect through talking circles, movement games, and other activities encouraging and empowering teens to take risks, grow, and feel pride in their minds, bodies, and spirits. Students who wish to continue and expand upon this course after completing it, may choose to enroll in PACT, our after-school karate & self-defense program. Click here to visit our calendar of classes.

Courses are taught by intergenerational and racially diverse teams composed of adult teachers and teen peer educators creating a dynamic, and supportive setting that welcomes diverse voices, experiences, and strengths.

What will I learn in this course? Courses combine practical physical training; eyes, voice, body language awareness exercises to help hone instincts; boundary-setting games that help build assertiveness; and discussions highlighting major safety concerns facing young women & trans-youth – including violence in relationships, bullying in school or on the internet, sexual abuse, defending against an attacker with a weapon – and brainstorming ways to be safer.

Who is this class for? Self-defense and violence-prevention courses are offered several times a year for both pre-teen (9– 12) and teen women & trans-youth (12 – 19). Students are diverse in body type, background and ability. To enroll in a teen or pre-teen course, or to set up a workshop at your location, contact us!

What does this course cost? CAE’s teen and pre-teen programming is offered FREE of charge. To make this class as accessible as possible, we also offer free childcare for students during class.

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