You have complete control over your defense training. We will work with you to help you achieve your goals, when and how you want to achieve them.
Group Drop-in Lessons are available to survivors of sexual and/or domestic violence who have completed the intake (quick Google Form). Group Drop-ins are a suggested fee of $15 per lesson. This means if someone is only able to pay $5 per lesson, that is totally fine! We want to make sure healing is accessible for all survivors of sexual and/or domestic violence.
Defense training can be retraumatizing. When your brain is stressed, it is next to impossible to retain new information. Trauma-informed care means we understand how trauma can impact the brain. We adapt our training to meet your individual needs, allowing you to operate within your "window of tolerance."
If you would feel more comfortable training alongside a familiar face, we would love to accommodate that! Your friend can come, no questions asked. We'll just need them to sign a Release of Liability.
Content Warning: Defining Sexual Violence, Consent, and Domestic Violence
Cor Defense offers defense training for people who have experienced sexual and/or domestic violence. But what exactly do we mean by that?
Sexual Violence is any type of sexual behavior or contact where consent is not freely given or obtained and is accomplished through force, intimidation, violence, coercion, manipulation, threat, deception, or abuse of authority. Non-consensual sexual “acts” are almost always thought of as solely physical, but they can also be verbal (sexual harassment, threats of sexual violence, etc), or psychological (peeping, flashing, distributing nude photography, etc).
Consent is when an individual is freely able to make a choice based upon safety, respect, and equal power, and with the understanding that there is the freedom to change their mind at any point.
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Domestic Violence, also known as “domestic abuse” and “intimate partner violence,” is a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner, roommate, or immediate family member such as a parent, child, or sibling. It can be any kind of physical, sexual, emotional, financial, or psychological actions or threats. Domestic violence includes behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure, or wound someone. For our Children's Program, we include bullying at school and neglect as forms of violence that meet our eligibility requirements.
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If you believe you qualify, we believe you. No questions asked. Ready to get started? Click the "Intake" button below!
Learning a new skill can be overwhelming, but it doesn't *have* to be. We break down each technique and give you complete control over the pace at which you learn, so you never feel overwhelmed.
We also give you choices. Oftentimes, we ask the group to pick between 2 or 3 techniques they'd like to learn. Our class schedule is consistent, so you always know what to expect when you join us on your healing journey.
Video description: Instructor Lonnie teaching a practitioner the backwards breakfall from a squatting position. As they roll back, they slap the ground with their arms at a 45 degree angle. They each keep their left foot planted on the ground, while lifting their right leg to a fighting position. They also tuck their chin into their chest to prevent their head from hitting the ground.
One of the survivors who trains with us asked for a video of her doing a front defensive kick. She watches the video to remember her strength 💪 when she is feeling weak and vulnerable.
This is what Cor Defense wants to offer all survivors of sexual violence: complete control over the techniques you learn, the pace at which you learn, and an opportunity to change the story.
Video description: A slow-motion video of a woman with her hands up to her shoulders. A man approaches her with a large black kicking shield held to his chest. She lifts her front leg and makes contact with the kicking shield with the heel of her foot, leans forward and pushes him back, all while keeping her hands up. He stumbles back for a few moments while she brings her foot down and checks her surroundings.