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Self-Defense Resources

A list some people and placs we think are super great!

In-Person

Physical Self-Defense

  • Trans Boxing- Boxing classes and resources for Trans and NB folk
  • Traditional Okinawan Karate School- Affordable karate in East Williamsburg, with classes for Queer folk and/or Women
  • Rev Fitness- Affordable and rad fitness in East Harlem
  • Center for Anti-Violence Education- Self-Defense and De-escalation classes for Femme, Queer and/or Trans folk
  • IMWISE- Self-Defense classes against Hate Crimes, for Muslim Women, and for the General Public
  • Masterskya- Low cost BJJ in Bushwick
  • Wickwood Aikikai- Aikido classes in Ridgewood Queens
  • Physical Culture Collective- Muay Thai, BJJ, and Fitness classes in Bushwick
  • Chok Sabai- Midtown Muay Thai/BJJ gym with Queer friendly environment
  • Overthrow- Boxing gym with locations in Brooklyn and the LES, somewhat affordable options available
  • Woodbine- “Movement and Meditation” classes
  • Bronx Social Center- Offering karate classes twice a week in the South Bronx
  • Female Awareness- Constant self-defense classes in Midtown
  • Feminist Self-Defense- Self-Defense Workshops, with finance options for those who need
  • Westside TKD- Tae-Kwon-Do training in Harlem
  • Brooklyn Goju- “Martial Arts for Peace Strength and Justice” in Park Slope. “Trans & cis women, non-binary folks, gender-nonconforming people, and/or trans men are encouraged to train in our safe and inclusive space.”
  • Ruckus Safety Awareness- Self-Defense workshops, ranging from beginner to intermediate

CyberSecurity

De-Escalation

  • Hollaback!- Resources for de-escalation on online harassment

Physical Health

  • Callen-Lorde LGBTQ Health Services (Mental Health as well)
  • Third Root Acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, yoga at a sliding scale cost in Brooklyn
  • Cookie’s Joint Providing basic needs for “sex workers, trans women, undocumented folks, folks who have aged out of the NYC youth-only LGBT shelter system, disabled folks, etc”
  • NYC Condoms- Where to get free condoms in NYC
  • Cindy Samantha LMT- Integrative Body Work and Massage Therapist in South Brooklyn

Mental Health Resources

Food Resources

Sanctuary Support

Online

Physical Self-Defense

Mental Health

CyberSecurity

  • Holistic Security- A guide to Threat Modeling by the Tactical Tech Collective
  • Cutealism- Cute intro guide to cybersecurity!
  • Data Detox- Day-by-day guide to get your cybersecurity on!
  • SSD by EFF- A bunch of great 101 cybersecurity guides by the Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • HackBlossom- Feminist cybersecurity guides/resources
  • Privacy Tools- A list of Free Open Source Apps to use
  • NYC Mesh- Folks building an Internet alternative!
  • 30 Day Security Challenge- Great day-by-day guides for folks just getting into cybersecurity
  • Data and Activism- A guide for navigating the digital world as an activist by Tactical Tech
  • Defend Our Movements- Cool 101 cybersecurity guides and HelpDesk from the folks at “Center for Media Justice, May First / People Link, and diverse movement technologists and activists”

De-Escalation

  • Hollaback!- Resources for de-escalation on online harassment

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