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In-Person Self-Defense Workshop Series

8-Week In-Person Self-Defense 
Workshop Series

Saturdays, 10-11am PST


Tuff Love Self-Defense and Compassion In Oakland are proud to partner up to offer scholarships to our In-Person Self-Defense Workshop Series at Four Elements Fitness gym.

Learning what our minds, voices, and bodies can do, realizing that we are worth defending, and giving ourselves permission to stay safe is a powerfully transformative experience.

Learn how to protect yourself in a safe, supportive and empowered environment! Tuff Love Self-Defense’s 8-WEEK IN-PERSON SELF-DEFENSE WORKSHOP SERIES teaches awareness and safety strategies to avoid assaults before they happen. You’ll also learn effective physical techniques addressing the most common attack situations: being pushed or pulled, punched, cornered, grabbed by the wrist and hair, or pinned to the ground. Rather than relying on strength, you will learn principles of leverage, timing, and energy efficiency to defend against a stronger assailant. Regardless of your age, size, strength, or physical ability, you can learn the techniques of self-defense while gaining an increased sense of personal confidence and empowerment.

Classes are designed to teach a specific self-defense technique with skills-building over the 8 weeks. Class includes warm-up exercises, discussion of safety principles, and instruction in a specific self-defense technique practiced with a partner. Class ends with drills to build confidence and strengthen reflexes. No experience is necessary. Participants must be fully vaccinated and wear masks during class.


  • Saturday, November 4, 2023

  • Saturday, November 11, 2023

  • Saturday, November 18, 2023

  • Saturday, November 25, 2023

  • Saturday, December 2, 2023

  • Saturday, December 9, 2023

  • Saturday, December 23, 2023 NO CLASS

  • Saturday, December 30, 2023 NO CLASS

  • Saturday, December 16, 2023

  • Saturday, January 6, 2024

*To register for the 11th edition, click HERE

8-Week Self-Defense Workshop Series, 11th Edition Dates: 

  • Saturday, August 26, 2023

  • Saturday, September 2, 2023

  • Saturday, September 9, 2023

  • Saturday, September 16, 2023 NO CLASS

  • Saturday, September 23, 2023

  • Saturday, September 30, 2023

  • Saturday, October 7, 2023

  • Saturday, October 14, 2023

  • Saturday, October 21, 2023


Four Elements Fitness Gym

322 Frank H Ogawa Plaza

Oakland, CA 94612

COST: FREE/Donation 

WHO: All gender 10+ are welcome.

WHAT TO WEAR: Comfortable yoga clothing. 


  • Arrive 10 minutes early on the first day of class to check in. 

  • All participants MUST sign a waiver

  • We encourage you to attend all classes to get the best out of the series. In order to participate in the workshop series, we required all students to commit to at least 5 out of the 8 classes.


  • Students must wear a face mask during class.

  • Before starting any exercise program, it is recommended that you consult your physician. You agree that you are voluntarily participating in this on-line training entirely at your own risk and assume all risks of injury, illness, or death. You agree to hold the creators of this on-line training program and all instructors harmless. When you register for the class you are assuming the risks associated with any and all activities and/or exercises in which you are participating. 

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